A new year means new adventures in The Colony. There’s even more to see, eat and do in the city throughout 2022. Check out some of our top picks to discover in the new year.
Foodies rejoice! Even more one-of-a-kind culinary experiences are on the way. Multiple restaurants are set to open within Grandscape, a 400+ acre development filled with retail, attractions and entertainment. Grandscape features many restaurant concepts never seen before in the state or country.
Crossing cultures and merging cuisines is an art form at Akira Back. The Michelin Star Chef and restaurant’s namesake, Akira Back, brings together the bold flavors of Korean and Japanese flavors with a sense of whimsy and adventurous presentation. The Colony joins other international cities like Seoul, Hanoi and Dubai as a home to Chef Akira Back’s culinary creations.
Quartino Pizzeria & Wine Bar brings authentic, regional specialties and small plates to Texas. This two-story eatery, located in The Grotto inside Grandscape, will feature a wide variety of artisanal salumi, house-made cheeses, Neapolitan pizzas and hand-made pasta crafted in the restaurant’s dedicated pasta kitchen. Quartino will highlight an array of family-owned, small-production Italian wineries with an extensive wine list available by the quartino (quarter-liter), half-liter, carafe and bottle. Skip the trip to Italy and sample the authentic dishes that uphold the traditions of Italian culture named in the “70 Best Restaurants with A Pizzeria” by Ristorazione Italiana Magazine.
A couple of local favorites are expanding with secondary locations in North Texas. The beloved burger and live music joint, LSA Burger, brings a Lone Star Attitude to the city’s food scene. With Texas-sized entrees named after the state’s music legends and weekly performances by local artists, the restaurant is a must-try when it opens later in 2022. Velvet Taco, founded nearly a decade ago in Dallas, will soon open its first location in The Colony. The fusion restaurant’s motto of “tacos without borders” is apparent with everything from Korean fried rice to Cuban pork tacos on the menu.
Perfect for happy hour, a night out with friends or a refined date night; The Thirsty Lion offers a relaxed atmosphere coupled with from-scratch cooking. The modern gastropub and grill sources local and seasonal ingredients to fill their New American menu. Take your taste buds on an adventure with the bold flavors of the BBQ white cheddar burger and IPA beer-battered fish and chips or explore the seasonal menu for limited-time, crave-able dishes. At the bar, sample a range of craft beers from across the Lone Star State or sip on signature cocktails crafted with fresh fruit and mixed with premium liquors.
New to Texas is Curry Up Now, an upscale and elevated approach to fast-casual dining with a modern take on the flavors of India. Order your favorite take-aways like tikka masala curry and samosas or try the tandoori fried chicken sandwich and sexy fries, reminiscent of poutine. The restaurant was even featured in Zagat’s “5 Hottest Fast-Casual Chains”, 7×7’s “100 Things to Eat Before You Die” and named the “2018 Breakout Brand” by Nation’s Restaurant News.
Ben’s Pretzels has perfected the snack and will serve up gourmet soft pretzels when their storefront opens inside Grandscape. Stop by for jumbo varieties, pretzel dogs, savory pockets and signature buggy bites all made with traditional Amish dough.
Keep an eye out for Bols, coming soon. The Korean bibimbap and ramen concept will open their second North Texas location right off State Highway 121 and feature build-your-own bowls, curry katsu and Koren fried chicken.
Is reading about all the food making you hungry – check out our Eat Page for restaurants now open in The Colony.
Travel the globe through a tasting flight at World of Beer. Get expert food pairings from the knowledgeable bar staff, so you always know what pairs best with altbiers from Alaska and lagers from Japan. The well-known tavern chain is ideal for a night out with friends in a casual, yet refined atmosphere. With hundreds of international brews, there is something new to explore every time you visit.
Feel transported to the 1920s with a prohibition-style experience at Red Phone Booth. Enter through the signature phone booth, inputting a secret password to reveal a speakeasy within the walls of The Grotto inside Grandscape. Relax in the luxurious lounge with a craft cocktail in hand and a cigar from the walk-in humidor. Enjoy unforgettable service, a distinctive atmosphere, and extremely rare spirits when this one-of-a-kind bar opens in 2022.