How long is "temporary?" For Hot Joy, the San Antonio restaurant that's making a leap to Dallas, it's two years. The nationally-known restaurant is opening what's being called a "pop up" expected to take up residence inside the vacant Texas Land & Cattle in Uptown Dallas.
Most pop ups last a day. Or a month. This one's expected to last two years. Some regular restaurants don't even last that long.
Explaining the food at Hot Joy is like taking a rollercoaster ride without a harness. There's influences from "China, Texas, Vietnam, Japan, Louisiana, Thailand, Mexico, Malaysia and anything else that lights up our brain," Hot Joy owner Chad Carey said in a statement.
He goes on: "It's meant to be spontaneous, insanely fun, bursting with life and just a bit too loud," Carey continues. "We like our food and drink to be big, spicy and funky. We're not understated, nuanced or predictable."
The restaurant is expected to open this summer, in conjunction with Front Burner Restaurants, the guys behind some of Dallas-Fort Worth's buzziest restaurants: Sixty Vines and Whiskey Cake in Plano, Velvet Taco (with locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and Chicago) and others.
Of note, Hot Joy was named Bon Appetit's No. 7 best new restaurant in 2014. Writer Andrew Knowlton called the food "irreverent and profoundly irresistible."
Some of the menu items at this new Uptown Dallas Hot Joy will be shrimp dumplings and Spam fried rice. There'll also be just-for-Uptown offerings. Gracias, domo arigatou, thanks!, you might say.
What'll happen in two years? A press release says the restaurant will move to a permanent location. But anything can happen in two years. Best to enjoy it while it's, y'know. Hot.
Expected in July 2017 at 3130 Lemmon Ave., Dallas.