Huge Bob’s Steak & Chop House to open in new McKinney development

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An upcoming $250 million mixed-use development in McKinney just announced that two local restaurants will move in as anchors. Bob’s Steak & Chop House and Mi Cocina will each have a standalone location in District 121, located at the northeast corner of State Highway 121 and Alma Road.

The classic steakhouse will occupy over 7,600 square feet of the development and will include a cigar bar, while Mi Cocina will occupy 6,600 square feet. Two additional restaurants will also move in: the Common Table gastropub and the Italian restaurant 400 Gradi. The first restaurants are expected to open in spring 2023.

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The owner of Zen Sushi’s next restaurant will be Cajun

Michelle Carpenter, the chef/owner of Bishop Arts’ longtime Zen Sushi spot, is branching out: Carpenter will open her second restaurant in March in North Oak Cliff. Look for Beatrice Restaurant in an artisan house at 1111 N. Beckley Road, with a menu that taps into the Cajun side of her family’s cooking traditions.

To open the Beatrice restaurant, Carpenter recruited New Orleans native Terance Jenkins as consulting executive chef, who began his career nearly two decades ago making okra at Commander’s Palace. The menu at Carpenter’s new restaurant will include fried chicken with pepper jelly and duck and andouille sausage okra (also try vegan okra), with seafood boiling on the terrace. BIPOC and the woman-run restaurant will source ingredients from local farmers and prioritize sustainability, including minimizing food waste.

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Chef Tim Love is getting into the music business, sort of. PaperCity reports that Love will open a music hall/restaurant/event space called Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall in Mule Alley. The 26,000 square foot site will accommodate 1,000 people at Fort Worth Stockyards and is expected to open in 2022.

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