If the phrase "out with the old, in with the new" applies to restaurants in Dallas, it's out with gastropub Resto Gastro Bistro and in with Fat Chicken.
Resto closed at the end of December in Trinity Groves, the restaurant park in West Dallas. Chef DJ Quintanilla and co-owner Linda Mazzei will get a second shot at a new restaurant in that same space. They plan to open Fat Chicken in late February, according to a statement from Trinity Groves.
[Update: Fat Chicken opens on Feb. 15.]
The new chicken restaurant will invariably turn Dallas into its own chicken coop. "Better chicken" was a big theme recently, with restaurants such as Street's Fine Chicken, Whistle Britches and Brick and Bones clucking away in 2016. Fast-casual restaurants such as Super Chix, Slim Chickens, Gus's Fried Chicken and Chicken Salad Chick were newish in 2016, too.
At Fat Chicken, Quintanilla plans to repurpose the bird on biscuits and in pot pies. The restaurant will get a "lighter and brighter look," a statement says.
Oh, yes: And there will be a pie cart!
Phil Romano, one of three investors behind the restaurants in Trinity Groves, says Resto Gastro Bistro "had simply run its course."
"I think Fat Chicken is a great concept -- it's exactly what our customers are looking for, and I'm confident it will thrive at Trinity Groves," he says.