Volunteer Ana Barron, center, carries plates of free food to customers at Norma's Cafe in Oak Cliff on Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 27, 2008.

Volunteer Ana Barron, center, carries plates of free food to customers at Norma's Cafe in Oak Cliff on Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 27, 2008.

Courtney Perry

Dallas' iconic Norma's Cafe is turning 60 this year, and there's more reason to celebrate than just the potential for roll-back pricing. The beloved diner is opening a fourth location in Big D this spring.

[UPDATE July 5 at 1:36 p.m.: Norma's announced its newest location will open Tuesday, July 12. Doors open at 6 a.m. and the first 100 customers will receive free chicken fried steak for a year. The restaurant will also be hosting raffles throughout the month of July for things such as free pancakes, Pie of the Month Club memberships, gift certificates and more.]

The new cafe is under construction in a 4,100-square-foot space in the Caruth Plaza near the intersection of Park Lane and North Central Expressway. The means residents south of highway 635 and north of downtown will finally have an accessible place to snag freebies like pie and Thanksgiving dinner. The restaurant will seat 141 guests.

Norma's Cafe (Park Lane)

"The Norma's Cafe family is looking forward to expanding our reach in the metroplex and creating new relationships with those in the area who may not be familiar with our Texas home cooking and hospitality," said Ed Murph, owner of Norma's Cafe, in a press release. "Adding to our growing family is one of the best ways we know how to celebrate, and we're so excited to get settled into our new Park Lane location."

Norma's Cafe opened in 1956 in Oak Cliff in Dallas. At that time, the cafe was owned by Norma Manis. Murph bought the restaurant in 1986 and expanded to North Dallas and Frisco in 2009 and 2013, respectively. 

Murph does not currently have plans to open additional locations beyond the Park Lane diner, but said it's not out of the question.

"We are always looking to expand our footprint and reach throughout the metroplex," he said by email.

Stay tuned for more opening details as they become available.

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