Every day, dining gets more delicious in the Dallas suburbs.
The latest project announced in the suburbs is The Shacks, an eight-acre, wooded area that will house six restaurants, an open-air patio and a dog park. The Shacks is expected to open in April 2017 at The Colony's sprawling Austin Ranch complex. Its tenants will include:
Ten, a ramen shop
The original Ten ramen in West Dallas is so small it doesn't even have seats. Customers order bowls of ramen and slurp them quickly at the counter. The restaurant comes from chef Teiichi Sakurai, of the esteemed Tei-An restaurant in Dallas. (He was also just named a semifinalist for a James Beard award. For chefs, this is a big deal.) Chef "Teach" plans to open his second Ten up at The Shacks. Our critic Leslie Brenner calls the ramen shop "a quick trip to paradise."
A burger bar and a Cajun seafood joint
Both of these places are so far unnamed, but they come from Frank Carabetta of Pier 247 in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas. The Cajun seafood place will be similar to Pier 247, says a statement.
Richardson folks might be familiar with OMG Tacos, the suburban taco shop that serves until 3 a.m. seven days a week. Owners Calvin Nguyen and Sean Smith plan to bring their late-night spot west to Austin Ranch.
Two unnamed restaurants will also join The Shacks.
The dog park is thought to be one of the ways The Shacks will create a sense of community. "It seems like everyone has a dog around here so we said, why not have a dog park serve as the social hub and build some great retail around it? Who wouldn't love that?" developer Lucy Billingsley says in a statement.
The Shacks will be located at Windhaven Parkway and Plano Parkway in The Colony. The development is part of Austin Ranch, a 1,700-acre area that straddles The Colony, Carrollton and Lewisville and is located near the Dallas North Tollway and S.H. 121.
As proof that dining is delicious in the Dallas 'burbs, take a look at other developments happening outside of the big city:
- 8 anticipated restaurants opening in the D-FW suburbs, including a Zoli's pizza, a food hall in Plano and a Shake Shack
- Plano is getting a brewery called Unlawful Assembly
- Check out news on Bumbershoot Barbecue, coming to Argyle
- Carlo's Bakery, the made-for-TV bakery from Cake Boss, expanded to Frisco
- Rodeo Goat and Flying Fish are headed to Plano
- Hurts Donut opened in Frisco with long lines for sugar-hungry people