If you're not familiar with Sylvan Thirty, now's the time to get to know the development in West Dallas near Interstate 30 and Sylvan Avenue. It's perking up with Houndstooth Coffee, an Austin company that opened its first Dallas shop on Henderson Avenue in 2014.
The Houndstooth at Sylvan Thirty, expected in spring 2016, makes two in Dallas.
This one will be different, though: It'll have food, and none of the other Houndstooth Coffee shops in Dallas or Austin do.
Owner and founder Sean Henry hopes to hire a chef soon who can "present really great ingredients fairly simply," he says.
Expect coffee and food pairings.
Plans are preliminary for now, and Henry couldn't say what the menu might look like. "It's new territory for us, and we want to stay focused on coffee and let the chefs do their jobs and be excited and creative with food," he says.
As far as the coffee goes, Houndstooth is a serious coffee shop for serious coffee drinkers. They do espressos and brewed coffees, of course, but existing Houndstooths have also started to sell "coffee julep" -- a non-alcoholic drink made with espresso, simple syrup, carbonated water, ice and a sprig of mint. The shops also make coffee popsicles.
Houndstooth Coffee was named for the white and black pattern that's "wound together," Henry explains. "We're pretty simple in that we just want to be the intersection of coffee and people."
They join Sylvan Thirty, which is anchored by a family-owned grocery store, Cox Farms Market, and an apartment complex. Other companies setting up shop in Sylvan Thirty include the stand-up ramen place Ten and wine and pizza market Cibo Divino. Austin restaurant Tacodeli and a creperie called Whisk are coming soon.