Inside Temakeria, a Japanese restaurant from next-gen leaders at Dallas' Trinity Groves
Trinity Groves was once home to some of Dallas' most creative chef talent. It was originally a restaurant incubator that gave space and money to budding restaurateurs without deep pockets. That business model is gone — it didn't work long-term, Romano said — and the Rodartes are now filling the vacant storefronts with a mix of new restaurants.
Trinity Groves is their playground, and it's clear they're having fun.
Nitro Burger is coming soon to Trinity Groves
29-year-old restauranteur Julian Rodarte, who was recently named the CEO of Trinity Groves Restaurant Group, is opening the spot. Rodarte’s Instagram teases a spaceship-like interior decked out in neon lights and milkshakes crafted tableside with real liquid nitrogen.
Where to Eat in September: Fitzgerald, Sassetta, Goodbye Horses, and More
September, we gladly welcome you around these parts, if only for the promise of possibly lower temperatures. Yet as the season turns, and we say goodbye to the summer’s more freewheeling schedule, we are also glad to fit these restaurants into our collective Google calendars.
Among them, a handful of American bistros (Press Cafe, Hudson House, Au Troisième, Lexy’s), some excellent Italian (Sassetta, Zoli’s), and a notable chef giving new life to the gastropub scene (Goodbye Horses). This month’s Resy Hit List will get us set for a great autumn...
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You put a gold coin into a vending machine, and, ooh la la!, out comes a mini bottle of Champagne. It’s these kinds of delights that set the tone at Lexy’s in Trinity Groves. Namesake Alexa Rodarte and her chef-husband Julian Rodarte say the restaurant is essentially a feminine steakhouse, where the chandeliers are pink, the banquettes are pastel colors and the cocktails are poured from teapots. Pretty!
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Chef Julian Rodarte takes “cooking for his wife” to a whole new level of devotion with the opening of his latest restaurant concept now that he’s taken over as CEO of the multi-restaurant venue in West Dallas. Named after his wife, Alexa—whom he now gets to work with on a daily basis—the pretty-in-pink dining room couldn’t be more perfect for lovers’ liaisons. Start at the Moet Champagne vending machine, then work your way through the perfect-for-sharing menu inspired by the Rodartes’ travels. Must-try dishes include the wagyu tacos for an appetizer and the whole red snapper, which they filet for you in the kitchen and serve half roasted and half tempura-fried. End the meal with a premium chocolate heart filled with chocolate-covered strawberries that are revealed once you break it open.
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This new dining spot in Trinity Groves by Julian Rodarte, co-owner of Beto and Son Tex-Mex and his wife Alexa (Lexy) boasts an Instagram-worthy interior and a menu showcasing fresh seafood, Texas Wagyu, and seasonal produce from local farms. Texas wagyu hot rock, and brisket stuffed avocado croquettes headline the openers, while mains range from wood oven roasted chicken to a tomahawk ribeye for two carved tableside. There's also fried chicken & bacon jam flatbread, lobster grilled cheese, and a potato pave that can be enhanced with golden Kaluga caviar. CBD-infused cocktails, and desserts like tres leches bread pudding are also worth seeking out.
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We think American Football is a pretty beautiful game, too, so why not pull up a picnic table at ArtPark at Trinity Groves for your favorite game? Here, the 30 outdoor TVs set up for sports nights make for a really unique football watching experience, and the chef-crafted treats from some of Dallas' best Master Chefs will leave you wanting more.
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Lexy’s is a stunning new dining spot in Trinity Groves with plenty of picture-perfect moments throughout the space, including a champagne vending machine. Enjoy dishes featuring locally sourced wagyu and produce that are influenced by the travels of the husband-and-wife restauranteur team.
Free Play Arcade Finally Makes It to the Dallas Level With New Trinity Grove Location
Ever since Free Play Arcade founder Corey Hyden opened his first location in Richardson in 2015, he's had his eye on Dallas.
Hyden tried a couple of times to open a branch of his authentic arcade experience within Dallas proper with a pinball arcade in Oak Cliff in 2018 and again the following year with a new arcade location, but something always got in the way, whether it was red tape, real estate or a global pandemic...
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Rodarte, whose husband Julian Rodarte is the CEO of Trinity Groves, recently opened the new concept Lexy’s, a 4,700-square-foot 'local new American' restaurant that celebrates femininity and travel and is also a ready-made Instagram story.
‘Free Play’ Arcade Coming to Dallas
The 'Free Play' arcade is perfect for fans of Stranger Things, Pac-Man, and anything 80s, and recent news of a new location in Dallas should excite local arcade fans of all stripes.
The retro-themed arcade first opened in Richardson in 2015 and quickly grew to include Arlington, Fort Worth, and Denton venues. The chain is now moving into a suitable location at Trinity Groves in Dallas.
Massive arcade with pinball and cocktails joins mix at Dallas' Trinity Groves
There's something new coming to Trinity Groves in West Dallas, and for once it's not a restaurant: It's Free Play, a popular local arcade chain, which will open at 3015 Gulden Rd., in the former 3015 at Trinity Groves event space.
Free Play made its DFW debut with a first location that opened in Richardson in 2015. Three more locations have opened since, in Arlington, Fort Worth, and Denton.
These are the best bakeries in Dallas, according to Tripadvisor
DALLAS (KDAF) — When trying to get your sweet pastry fix, finding the perfect bakery is super important and North Texas isn’t short of incredible options.
Whether you’re searching for cookies, bagels, donuts, croissants, muffins, or cakes… the list can go on and on, you want to be sure that you can find the top spots around town to get them at.
Where do celebrities eat in Dallas? And what do they order?
Dallas can be a great place for celebrity spotting, from Kevin Hart playing bartender to Beto O’Rourke ordering a pastry at a cool coffee shop. Join food editor Erin Booke and food reporters Sarah Blaskovich and Claire Ballor as they chat about other celeb sightings. Then, Sarah sits down with chef Julian Rodarte, the young new CEO at Trinity Groves, about his journey as a restaurateur (and how Phil Romano went to his first birthday party). We also share our favorite date night spots (no kids menus allowed!).
There’s no bad time for cake: These are the top spots in Dallas for sponge cake, according to Yelp
DALLAS (KDAF) — If you’re interested in getting your baking skills refined in the kitchen today, this week or anytime, maybe go with this simple yet delicious dessert, sponge cake. Why you might be asking?
Well, Tuesday, August 23 is National Sponge Cake Day! This dessert has been around for centuries according to NationalToday and its popularity has never dwindled. 'While there are many variations of the cake, one of the most popular is the Victoria sponge. Named after Queen Victoria (who is said to have enjoyed a slice of sponge cake with her afternoon tea), the cake consists of raspberry jam and whipped cream sandwiched between two layers of sponge.'
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Part of the Trinity Groves complex and run by a father-and-son duo, Beto & Son is a Mexican restaurant with winning dishes like sizzling fajita skillets, 12-hour barbacoa tacos, and guacamole made tableside. If you’re drinking, don’t leave without trying their award-winning liquid nitrogen margarita — and snapping a pic for the ‘gram.
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Lexy's Dallas officially opened in Trinity Groves just this week. This modern American restaurant serves a menu of Texas classics with a unique twist. This spot is all the rage on social media right now, mainly for the pink-out decor and a Moet vending machine. We'll have more on this soon.
Lexy’s in Trinity Groves Is Giving Big Pink Energy
Trinity’s owners believe that Julian Rodarte, who is 29, is the young visionary who can reinvigorate the 10-year-old restaurant park. But there weren’t a lot of folks factoring in what his wife, Alexa Rodarte (the namesake of Lexy’s, the new American restaurant with locally-sourced food inside the incubator space), who is now marketing director for Trinity Groves, might also bring to the table.
Tacos are trending strong in this roundup of Dallas restaurant news
Lexy's, a new restaurant at Trinity Groves in the former Casa Rubio and Souk Mediterranean space, opens on August 15. Menu items include Crab & Lobster Cakes, Brisket Stuffed Avocado Croquettes, and Shrimp Fried Rice.
What is the margarita mile?
Located in the Trinity Groves neighborhood, this family-owned restaurant serves up next-gen Mexican food and the innovative Liquid Nitrogen Margarita. Prepared (and frozen!) at your table, it features Beto & Son's exclusive Avion Reposado Tequila and fruit-encapsulated pearls.
New Trinity Groves CEO Julian Rodarte and Alexa Rodarte open Lexy’s in the Dallas development
When Julian Rodarte, 29, was named CEO of Trinity Groves, the dining park had been operating as an incubator, working with young chefs to test out new concepts. Now, Trinity Groves has a renewed purpose and goal to open permanent restaurants that feel like they’ve been around a while and could stick around for decades.
Rodarte opened Beto & Son with his dad in 2016, which has since become Trinity Groves’ most successful concept to date. So, when the time came for former CEO Phil Romano to hand over the reins, he knew Julian was the right person for the job.
Lexy’s Local New American Restaurant Opens Aug. 15
Lexy’s Local New American restaurant will open Aug. 15 in Trinity Groves restaurant district. My husband and I recently attended a preview party at the beautiful, very feminine-looking new restaurant and bar, which seems to have been perfectly designed for Instagram-ready photo ops.
August is Black Business Month: These are some of the top Black-owned businesses around Dallas
DALLAS (KDAF) — August is Black Business Month and that means it’s time to acknowledge Black-owned businesses across the country by giving them your business to celebrate diversity and equality in the U.S.
NationalToday says, “When we celebrate the contribution of Black business owners and entrepreneurs, it pays homage to them and their legacies, especially since celebrating this month recognizes the importance of Black-owned businesses when it comes to contributing to the nation’s economy as well. Approximately 10% of all American businesses are Black-owned, and if we look at what statistics say about minority-owned businesses, about 30% of these would belong to Black business owners.”
29 awesome & free things to do in dallas, texas
The Greater Dallas-Fort Worth area is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States. As such, it’s not surprising that there are many free things to do in Dallas. From diving into the city’s vibrant art scene to catching one of Texas’ beautiful sunsets, Dallas has it all – and yes, everything on this list is free!
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Give it a week or two, and new restaurant Lexy’s is expected to open in Trinity Groves, says Alexa Rodarte, the woman the restaurant is named after. She’s the director of marketing for the restaurant park and she’s married to the new CEO, who is tasked with turning Trinity Groves into a destination spot once more. Go see if this feminine place — feather chandeliers and a room washed in pink, blue and white — intrigues you to head back to West Dallas.
Lexy’s to Open in Trinity Groves With a Dallas Favorite: Steak, Steak, and More Steak
Trinity Groves will open a new restaurant called Lexy’s on August 15. Lexy’s will serve 'local new American,' according to a press release, envisioned by Director of Culinary Aubrey Murphy, who previously worked at Knife Steakhouse under Michelin Star Chef John Tesar, and husband and wife restaurateurs Julian and Alexa Rodarte. The restaurant is named after Alexa, who goes by Lexy.
Where to get the best macaroons in Dallas, according to Yelp
DALLAS (KDAF) — The end of May has come and along with it a fun national holiday celebrating a particular dessert. No, it’s not the macaron, it’s National Macaroon Day on May 31!
NationalToday says, “Well, May 31 is definitely National Macaroon Day and it’s most assuredly an American holiday since the macaroon is definitely an American cookie! However, the confusion is natural. The origins of macaron and macaroon are the same and many of the ingredients overlap. Both use a fair amount of sugar to make these delightful confections.”
13 Dallas Restaurants With Amazing Views
The parking lot at Trinity Groves has a pretty excellent skyline view, but with just a bit more effort, one can head upstairs to Saint Rocco’s Rooftop Lounge, where the view is even more epic. After a drink, head inside for some old-school red sauce Italian fare.
Grab your derby hats
The Kentucky Derby, the first event of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, may be the 'most exciting two minutes in sports,' but Dallas-Fort Worth bars, restaurants and other places will be hosting full days of fun on May 7.
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From al fresco Derby Day fun and a loaded taco fest to brunch specials galore, Dallas has Mother's Day on lock.
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Across the Trinity Groves property, a variety of restaurants are celebrating Cinco de Mayo with music and specials. Holy Crust is hosting a tequila tasting, Beto & Son will feature a folklórico performance, ArtPark will have a DJ and photo opportunities, and Saint Rocco will have a DJ and drinks on the rooftop.
Highest-rated Mexican restaurants in Dallas, according to Tripadvisor
Mexican fare ranks with Italian and Chinese as Americans’ top-three favorite global cuisines, according to the National Restaurant Association. Mexican flavors and ingredients have permeated all corners of American cuisine, infusing vibrant and varied tastes into Americans’ daily diet. But while tacos and enchiladas may seem commonplace in America now, that wasn’t always the case.
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TK’s Restaurant and Comedy Club in Addison invites you to show Mom your appreciation on Mother’s Day May 8. TK’s is pulling out all the stops to ensure a festive day, even transforming its indoor/outdoor space. Expect an eyelash bar, brunch buffet, flowing champagne, patio activations, and a comedy show. Ticketed experiences include general admission ($48) and VIP ($65). Both include plenty of good food, drinks and fun, but the VIP experience adds a little something extra to the mix.
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Trinity Groves is throwing a property-wide Cinco de Mayo party. Beto & Son will have a folklórico performance. Holy Crust will have a tequila tasting. ArtPark will have a DJ and photo opportunities and Saint Rocco will have a DJ and specialty drinks on their rooftop.
Dallas Mavericks hosting Game 6 watch party in Dallas
DALLAS (KDAF) — The Dallas Mavericks are gearing up to garner one more win in their first-round matchup against the Utah Jazz and the series could finish out west away from Texas.
So, the Dallas Mavericks will be hosting a watch party at ArtPark Trinity Groves on Thursday, April 28, starting at 8:30 p.m. ArtPark is known as Dallas’ best local art gallery and beer garden. Dogs are allowed on leash, it’s kid-friendly and there is free parking on-site, according to the park’s website.
Can this next-generation restaurateur bring back Trinity Groves?
Restaurant mogul and Preston Hollow resident Phil Romano recently handed the reigns of his Trinity Groves Restaurant Group — the complex of restaurants a few blocks up the street from Rays Sporting Goods (I just like thinking of the proximity of innovative Dallas dining in such close proximity to where my dad buys guns and ammo) — to young chef Julian Rodarte, the son in Beto & Son, a venue that opened inside the Trinity Groves park in 2016.
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The Trinity Groves Restaurant Group announced that Julian Rodarte is its new CEO, succeeding noted restaurateur Phil Romano in the post.
Rodarte is the co-owner of Beto & Son, a “next-generation Mexican food” restaurant at Trinity Groves—the restaurant incubator destination on the west side of Dallas’ Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
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Co-founder of Trinity Groves Phil Romano will be stepping down as CEO of the West Dallas restaurant park, according to the Dallas Morning News. In his place, Beto & Son co-owner and chef Julian Rodarte will take over. Opened in 2016, the Mexican restaurant is one of the longest tenants at Trinity Groves. After the closures of AvoEatery, Souk, and more due to the pandemic, Rodarte plans to open three new restaurants in the area this year, and six more in 2023.
Birthday celebrations in the Dallas area honor Selena’s legacy
Beer garden ArtPark Trinity Groves will celebrate Selena with a memorial cocktail called Anything for Selena, a DJ from 6 to 10 p.m., a cumbia class from 6 to 7 p.m. and a costume contest around 8 or 9 p.m. Other Trinity Groves businesses will have specials, too, including chocolatier Kate Weiser, which will sell Bidi Bidi Bon Bons, and Beto and Son, which will have a liquid nitrogen margarita called Como la Flora.
Every Last Word: Quotes About All Things North Texas
Read 'who said what' in our roundup of quotes about all things North Texas, including ParkHub's George Baker Sr.; Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy recipient Lyda Hill; Google's James Harding; UT Dallas' Dr. Joshua Summers; Colossal's Ben Lamm; Arlington Mayor Jim Ross; Tri Global Energy's John Billingsley; SMU's John Howard, Ph.D.; LTK's Amber Venz Box; and more.
Dallas’ Trinity Groves restaurant park undergoes another big change: 29-year-old CEO takes over
A 29-year-old chef is taking over as the CEO of Trinity Groves’ restaurants in West Dallas.
Julian Rodarte, the co-chef and co-owner of Mexican restaurant Beto & Son, has been tapped by longtime Dallas restaurateur Phil Romano to reimagine the restaurant park.
Update: Bunny Gotta Eat, A Guide to Easter Brunch in Dallas
Spring has officially sprung, summer is peeking around the corner and hopefully we’re all finding time to enjoy the perfect temperatures and blooming tulips. Easter is Sunday, April 17, and we’ve gathered a list of many places around North Texas that are offering holiday deals.
Your Guide to The 5+ Top Bakeries in Dallas
Longtime baker extraordinaire, Tracy German is the success behind Cake Bar. Her at home business sprouted from her home for 14 years before she opened her brick and mortar cake and bakery retail shop. Southern favorites like caramel, lemon, key lime, and Neapolitan are just a few of the delicious whole cakes and other treats are a sweet success among bakeries in Dallas.
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Order a box of seasonal, speckled eggs, which are handmade chocolates with a variety of fillings and flavors. Prices range from $4.75 to $55. Treats are available in a limited quantity at locations at Dallas’ Trinity Groves and NorthPark or at Shops at Clearfork in Fort Worth. Orders can also be placed online.
12 Delightful Dallas Patios for Eating and Drinking Outside
Eating outdoors is a Dallas tradition, and there’s really no time of the year when you won’t find diners outside on a patio.
Fortunately, there’s a bevy of excellent Dallas bars and restaurants serving up stellar cocktails and bites perfect for enjoying al fresco. Whether in search of a lazy afternoon or a laid-back brunch destination, these excellent Dallas patios are definitely worth a visit.
The 15 Most Essential Rooftop Bars in Dallas
There aren’t many places in town where you can scarf down a bowl of pasta while gazing out at the Downtown skyline and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. But that’s what you get at Saint Rocco’s. The fun-loving Italian-American eatery houses a third-floor bar that’s open Fridays and Saturdays from 5 pm to 11 pm, with a late-night happy hour beginning at 9 pm. Linger over a bottle of wine, lounge on the white South Beach-style couches, and then jockey for position along the railing to take that mandatory sunset selfie.
Thursday Salsa Nights at Beto & Son
The dance floor is waiting! Join Beto & Son on Thursday, March 31 at 6 PM for the return of the beloved Salsa Night. Don’t know how to dance? Don’t sweat it! Alpha Midway Dance Studio will be on site and will hold a crash course at 6:30 p.m. to get you ready. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, come join in the fun!
Sweeten Your Day With The Tastiest Chocolate in Dallas
Kate Weiser began her sweet chocolate career early on and is nationally recognized for her fine crafted chocolates. Looking for a unique date night? Sign-up for the private virtual tasting class that comes with a beautifully appointed tasting box. For gift boxes, towers, or seasonal chocolate in Dallas, check out her website and drop into the shop to sample some truffles.
Fun Things to Do in Dallas-Fort Worth This Weekend
Ready to pumpkin-spice-up your weekend? Autumn’s in full swing around Dallas-Fort Worth with crisp cool mornings, warm sunny afternoons, and Halloween yard decorations out the wazoo. Among the treats in store this Friday to Sunday are a brand-new drag brunch in Plano, a pop-up shop for luxury sheets at deep discounts, and the chance to learn the difference between DIFF and DIFFA (hint: they’re both hosting events this weekend). So, call an Uber or Lyft, jump on a broom, or whatever it takes to get out of the house and onto the town with these seven fun things to do in DFW.
The Absolute Best Brunches in Dallas Right Now
If you’re brunching for the ‘Gram, few places will give your followers FOMO quite like the recently expanded Beto & Son, home to Insta-famous liquid nitrogen cocktails poured tableside for your snapping pleasure. Cop a spot on one of the best patios in town, complete with both covered and uncovered areas, for your chance to dig into the Sunday-only brunch spread. And don’t forget to stock up on Carnitas and Green Chile Hash, Breakfast Tortas, and Hashbrown Poutine Brunch Bowls—whatever it takes to absorb all that gorgeous frosty liquor.
15 Cool Things to Do in Dallas Right Now
Between all the golden brown lawns and crispy leaves on the trees, it sure looks like autumn in North Texas—until you step outside your front door and the SPF 100 melts right off your face. But until fall arrives and cooler days chase away the heat-stroke blues, we’re fortunate to have plenty of ways to beat the heat and have fun as we ride out the final few weeks of (official) summer...
8+ Best Patios in Dallas to Enjoy The Fall Weather
The view from Saint Rocco’s rooftop patio is undeniably memorable. Their authentic New York Italian food tastes even better when you are able to enjoy it while taking in the fresh air. If you’re looking for an upscale, outdoor location for a private party, this spot is hard to beat! It is definitely one of the best patios in Dallas with a view!
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Sum Dang Good Chinese lives up to it’s name, and we assure you that you’ll leave satisfied with your meal. This Trinity Groves-area restaurant brings modern flair to traditional Chinese food. Their soup dumplings are some of the best in Dallas, and we love their honey walnut prawns!
The 8 Hottest Cocktail Bars in Dallas Right Now
Patio season is upon us, and it’s time for a fresh update of the Eater Dallas Cocktail Heatmap. These buzzy cocktail bars offer the perfect answer to the question, 'Where should I drink tonight?'
Whether in search of a complex sip mixed by one of Dallas's finest bartenders or something impossibly drinkable, this guide to the city’s hottest cocktail spots will help you get it done when its time to wet your whistle.
Get immersed in Dallas Art and Culture at Trinity Art Park!
DALLAS(KDAF) - There are beer gardens, and then there's Trinity Groves Art Park. Inside DFW Stephanie Mendez shows us where to spend your next Sunday. ArtPark Trinity Groves is the best way to see the Dallas skyline with a variety of food and drink options. The art around the park is a collaboration with local artists that includes sculptures that might sometimes be swapped out for new art throughout the seasons
Trinity Groves consists of different restaurants that stand on their own, but for picky family and friends that cannot decide what to eat, there are QR codes on the tables at the ArtPark where guests can order from the different restaurants surrounding the park so that everyone can be happy.
However, guests can enjoy their specialty cocktails and frozen drinks at the ArtPark to cool off on a hot summer day. It's a great spot to hang out with friends after dinner or on a hot weekend day.
Their social media accounts are a great way to keep up with ongoing events they have occurring on as well.