Velvet Taco opens in Richardson; Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens in Fort Worth and more DFW news

The Dallas-based restaurant serves more than 20 varieties of globally inspired tacos, such as the spicy tikka chicken, the buffalo chicken and the slow-roasted brisket. (Courtesy Velvet Taco)
The Dallas-based restaurant serves more than 20 varieties of globally inspired tacos, such as the spicy tikka chicken, the buffalo chicken and the slow-roasted brisket. (Courtesy Velvet Taco)

The Dallas-based restaurant serves more than 20 varieties of globally inspired tacos, such as the spicy tikka chicken, the buffalo chicken and the slow-roasted brisket. (Courtesy Velvet Taco)

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Richardson

Velvet Taco debuts Richardson location


Velvet Taco opened Dec. 14 at 102 W. Campbell Road, Richardson. The Dallas-based restaurant serves more than 20 varieties of globally inspired tacos, such as the spicy tikka chicken, the buffalo chicken and the slow-roasted brisket.

Far East Pizza Co. brings Italian-American classics made with Indian influences to Richardson



Far East Pizza Co. opened in mid-October at 1500 N. Greenville Ave., Ste. 110, Richardson. The business offers American-Italian food made with Mediterranean and Indian influences.

McKinney

Scratch-made desserts now offered at Cremcrittos Gelato & Pastry in McKinney


Cremcrittos Gelato & Pastry opened Nov. 24 at 3755 S. Lake Forest Drive, McKinney. A variety of pastries and gelato are available at the shop, such as croissants, gelato and cronuts.

Grant money allows Expedia Cruises to reopen in McKinney

Expedia Cruises plans to reopen in January in a new location at 7290 Virginia Parkway, Ste. 110, McKinney. The travel agency received two small-business grants from both the McKinney Community Development Corp. and the Collin County Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act grant program, according to a news release.

Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth

Dickey's Barbecue Pit now open in north Fort Worth

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, located at 9321 North Freeway, Fort Worth, is now open.

The location is part of the new commercial development known as The Citadel.

Lewisville-Flower Mound-Highland Village

Inside the Flower Mound library expansion: A once-cramped facility reopens with more space

The Flower Mound Public Library has opened its doors after nearly doubling in size to better meet the needs of the town’s growing population.

Alkeys in Old Town Lewisville changes name to Tavern on the Plaza

Alkeys Lounge & Eatery in Old Town Lewisville changed its name to Tavern on the Plaza. The restaurant, located at 165 W. Main St., serves burgers, wings, wraps, sandwiches and a variety of other entrees.

Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake

Grapevine nonprofit GRACE seeks urgent donations ahead of holiday season

GRACE, Grapevine’s local food pantry and assistance center, has issued a red alert for donations ahead of the holiday season, according to a press release.

MyEyeDr. now open on Main Street in Southlake

MyEyeDr. opened a store in October at 1247 Main St., Southlake.

The clinic specializes in prescription glasses, frames, contact lenses and eye exams.

Daniel Houston, Ian Pribanic, Olivia Lueckemeyer, Sandra Sadek and Matt Payne contributed to this report.



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