Deep Ellum Staple Mama Mia’s is closing after 18 years, a state fair will be featured at Carnival Eats, a vintage car-inspired eatery opens, and more.

Welcome to Spreading, our weekly feature that aims to share all the restaurant, food and drink industry news that is printable. Except it’s the internet, so location doesn’t matter. Also: good, because this is Dallas and this city always has the latest restaurant news going out like a bang.

local radio host Jim White died June 4, according to Dallas Morning News. On April 10, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 73 years old.

In addition to being a radio personality in the Texas Hall of Fame for ten years since 1080 KRLD, White has also played a significant role in the Dallas food scene, becoming a co-founder. Enjoy Dallaswine festival, which took place from 2004 to 2018, and restaurant week. Restaurant Week is a charitable event in which restaurants around DFW donate 20% of the profits from selected dishes to two local charities, the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope.

“The North Texas Food Bank will forever be grateful to Jim White and Vicki Briley-White for their passion and tenacity in helping to feed neighbors throughout North Texas,” the North Texas Food Bank said in a statement. Press release.

White’s list of accomplishments also includes his career as a voice-over artist, voicing numerous English anime dubs such as Attack on Titan as well as The fairy is gone.

His memorial will be held June 17 at Wilshire Baptist Church, 4316 Abrams Road in Dallas.

In other sad news Mom Mias is Italian closed its doors for the last time after 18 years on 12 June.

“I want to sincerely thank everyone who ordered delivery from us and dined with us or ordered us to cater for their events over the years,” says owner Anselmo Manzanares. Mama Mias Facebook Page.

The restaurant opened in Deep Ellum back in 2004 and is one of the last surviving restaurants of the mid-2010s pizza renaissance – among Cane Rosso and Serious Pizza. A staple of the community, it offered not only pizza, pasta and sandwiches, but also good humor and camaraderie.

In the same Facebook post announcing the closure, they also left the door open for a random popup so you can try Mia’s food again, but you’ll have to follow her social media to stay up to date.

This is just an example of how the ongoing pandemic is ruining yet another small business. Mia’s mom was an OG and will truly be missed.

Like the cycle of life, when one restaurant passes, another rises.

El Rincon del Maislocated in a former Sonic Drive-In on the north side of Garland, offers what some can’t imagine – vegan-friendly tacos.

They have seven different flavors of tortilla, from mango habanero to chipotle, with the most unique flavor being chocolate flavored tortilla. Once you’ve chosen your fancy tortilla, choose what you want inside your taco from options ranging from cauliflower, vegan cheese, and vegan chorizo. You customize your tacos as you wish. And don’t worry, meat lovers, there are classic non-vegan options like pork and chicken. But the vegan menu seems to be what sets El Rincón del Maíz apart from other taco establishments.

Please tell us how you like chocolate-flavored cakes.

In terms of restaurant openings, a Henry Ford-inspired burger and craft beer restaurant just opened in Plano. (Yes, automaker founder Henry Ford.)

Ford Garage started back in Florida near Henry Ford’s winter home and was able to secure a license from the estate, allowing them to display the blue Ford logo and other items in all restaurants. The vintage car themed restaurant has been able to expand to 20 different locations across the country. This local establishment replaced Razzoo’s Cajun, which closed in December 2019.

According to Dallas culture mapit plans to expand to North Dallas, DFW Mid-Cities, North Fort Worth, and Tarrant County.

Let’s shift gear – pun – chef from Dallas John Tesar received his first Michelin star last week in Florida. And in case you didn’t know, Michelin stars are awarded to a chef who has mastered the techniques required to consistently prepare quality food.

It sucks that Tesar needed to expand his restaurant. knife and spoon to Florida to qualify for the award, but Dallasites are Dallasites wherever the road takes them, so it’s still a victory we can claim. He said DMN that he is an outsider and has always been passed over for honors, but as they say, every dog ​​has its day.

Now for the food that won’t get a Michelin star anytime soon. state fair News. Even though it’s only a few months away (which sucks), it’s already generating some hype. Eight concessionaires have been selected to be featured in three new episodes carnival eats on the Cooking Channel, according to Dallas Observer.

Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at the State Fair’s staples from TS Food Systems, Scrumbscious Pie Co.., stuffed wings, Soda Fountain in Highland Park, Fletcher’s original state fair Corny Dogs, Pirli Southern Cuisine, Hans Müller as well as royal gourmet ready.

That’s all we have for this week. Come back next week to find out more.

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