Something's brewing near the 300 block of W. Campbell Road in Richardson.

First Tokyo Joe's restaurant in Texas now open; many more coming

First came news of a Spin pizza, located near the northwest corner of Campbell Road and Central Expressway. At Spin, pies are quick-cooked in a very hot oven. Three more Spins have bubbled up in D-FW in a matter of months.

Next came Tokyo Joe's, a new-to-Texas fast-casual Asian restaurant. Again, Richardson was first to snag the company. The restaurant is expected to grow to The Colony, Las Colinas, Fort Worth, Frisco and Arlington in 18 months.

The buzziest restaurant news came after that: In that same Campbell Road shopping center, a Torchy's Tacos is expected to open Nov. 24. A Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar recently signed a lease next door.

Torchy's Tacos and Snuffer's are two of the buzziest new chain restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth right now.

That sector of Richardson could take on an Addison-like feel.

Lines form out the door at many of the Torchy's Tacos in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Lines form out the door at many of the Torchy's Tacos in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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"It will be a destination for the evening," says David Sacher, a founding partner of SHOP Companies, which is a partner in the development. He intends for the restaurants to cater to the families who live nearby, plus the students at UTD and J.J. Pearce High School.

Torchy's is a taco shop with a likeable story: It started humbly as a food trailer in Austin. Part-owner Michael Rypka maxed out his credit cards to start the first one. Now there are 33 Torchy's Tacos in Texas; the coming-soon Richardson shop makes 10 in D-FW.

Snuffer's is a burger joint started by Dallas guy Pat Snuffer. It's now managed by Firebird Restaurant Group, the company that operates more than 20 El Fenix restaurants.

The new restaurants join a ton of existing ones: Freebirds World Burrito, Snappy Salads, Royal Chopstix and Zoe's Kitchen, among others.

The 300 block of W. Campbell Road is like its own little food court in Richardson. 

It'll get a face lift, Sacher says, and some businesses will be swapped out for new ones. "Slowly but surely, the intention is to improve the mix and elevate the experience," he says.

The block will soon be "restauranted out," he says, meaning no more restaurants will be needed in one development. Sacher's team will consider leasing spaces to businesses such as lash studios and blow-out bars next.

"We want this to feel like old Richardson, with some charm," he says.

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