The Spread: Dallas’ nostalgic Sfuzzi bar and restaurant is making a comeback.

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Sassetta is reopening in downtown Dallas, a new must-have macaroni and cheese specialty is coming to Highland Village, Frisco is getting a Chicago-style hot dog spot and more.

welcome to The propagation, our weekly feature that aims to share all the restaurant, food and beverage industry news from the region that can be printed. Except it’s the internet, so space isn’t an issue. Also: good thing, because it’s Dallas and the city always has breaking restaurant news.

We start with good news for seasoned Dallas residents.

Sfuzzy, which closed in Uptown in 2013, has been back in action since last month. Brandy Hays and Phil Schanbaum of This and That Hospitality are responsible for bringing this nostalgic establishment back to life and they are doing their best to retain its original 80s appeal. The new location pays homage to the original location, using the same types of chairs and booths, and will include a wraparound patio and a U-shaped bar. According to Paper City, the menu will be quite similar to the original, so previous fans can expect more of what they know and love.

There will be options of seven pizzas, filet mignon, sea bass and classic Italian dishes too, of course. Sfuzzi’s original location was founded in the late 1980s and the pizzeria and bar have been resurrected twice since the original owner closed up shop. Once in 2009, where it lasted four years, and another revival appeared briefly in 2015.

We hope that the third time will be the good one.

If you are looking for a new casual and comforting place to eat, I Heart Mac & Cheese could be your new date. The restaurant opens in Highland Village on April 20, giving out free macaroni and cheese for a year to the first 10 guests (they open at 11 a.m., FYI) and their website says there will be raffles and free swags.

If the name didn’t warn you, the place specializes in macaroni and cheese bowls, as well as grilled cheese sandwiches. This isn’t your ordinary mac and cheese though – everything is made to order using high quality ingredients and recipes. The place offers a hearty vegan menu and sides like tater tots, broccoli and tomato soup. Along with the location opening at 2250 Justin Rd., their website lists other upcoming locations in Little Elm, Denton, Frisco and Richmond – there will soon be locations conveniently scattered throughout the metroplex.

Another casual restaurant, Chicago Avenue Hot Dogs, opened last month in Frisco. Located in Frisco at 15922 Eldorado Pkwy, inside the “Texan home of the mighty Chicago hot dog,” are Chicago culture staples like checkered tablecloths, restored vintage gas pumps, and signs signage, according to Culture Map. While the family-run establishment’s menu centers around the Chicago-style hot dog, they also offer Italian beef, pizza, and other classic Chicago dishes.

Another new addition to Frisco, Houston’s Russo’s New York Pizzeria is set to open its second DFW location later this year in the fall. According to Culture Map, it will be a smaller concept that will seat 25 people and feature the same family-run restaurant that fans of the establishment have come to know and love. The menu consists of must-have Italian dishes made with fresh ingredients – pizzas, calzones, salads, deli-style sandwiches and, of course, a few sweet dessert offerings. The menu will also feature rotating dishes and a bar program featuring Italian beer and wines.

Some Italian Food News: Downtown Dallas was honored with the reopening of Sassetta earlier this month. Previously located in the Design District, Sassetta opened in 2017 but, like many other restaurants, closed due to the reign of the pandemic.

We are always happy to see a restaurant bounce back.

The new spot is currently open at Hotel Joule for dinner, with plans to eventually serve lunch as well. Currently, the menu consists of modern versions of Italian favourites, as well as sharing plates. Food offerings range from beef brisket tacos, roasted tomato soup, baby romaine salad, and spring pea asparagus salad.

Dallas-based chain Velvet Tacos is opening a new location in Deep Ellum and while there’s no official release date, it’s expected to land later this year or early 2023. If you couldn’t guess, the low-key eatery specializes in premium taco service. Founded in 2011, the restaurant has 30 locations across Texas and touts the tagline “tacos without borders,” a concept that encourages the idea that tacos can explore ingredients from different cultures and cuisines.

They have a wide variety of unique taco offerings made from chicken, fish, pork, beef and there are also vegetarian options. They have Crispy Buffalo Chicken Tacos, Korean Fried Rice Tacos, Grilled Salmon Tacos, and Kobe Beef Burger Tacos, among many other choices. For sides, customers can choose from their famous elote, chips and queso.

We guess, for now, we’ll just wait for that grand opening.

Cover photo courtesy of Sfuzzi’s Facebook page.

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