Best of 2020: 12 restaurant features from Richardson

The falafel plate at Afrah Mediterranean Cuisine comes with tahini sauce and two sides. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)
The falafel plate at Afrah Mediterranean Cuisine comes with tahini sauce and two sides. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)

The falafel plate at Afrah Mediterranean Cuisine comes with tahini sauce and two sides. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The pizzas are a customer favorite at Cafe Gecko. (Courtesy Cafe Gecko Richardson)
Here is a roundup of restaurant features that appeared in the Richardson edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2020.


Lebanese-born brothers serve family recipes at Afrah Mediterranean Cuisine in Richardson

Rows of colorful gelato adorn a glass case, and a traditional Middle Eastern shawarma roasts slowly on a spit behind the counter at Afrah Mediterranean Cuisine.


Guitars & Growlers brings handcrafted beer and instruments to Richardson

It was a shared love for craft beer that led Rob and Amy Baker to discover Richardson was missing their favorite type of bar.


Entrepreneurial grit the driving force behind Richardson taqueria Tacos Y Mas

From the outside looking in, one would never know that the well-established Tacos Y Mas brand had its humble beginnings as a makeshift taco stand.


Communion Neighborhood Cooperative launches benevolent meal campaign to help feed those affected by the coronavirus

Tim Kahle knew he had to come up with an out-of-the-box idea to keep the restaurant at Communion Neighborhood Cooperative open after Dallas County banned dine-in service in March.


Cafe Gecko brings 'eclectic American' food and live entertainment to Richardson

Gretchen Seidel was flipping houses before she and her husband, Ted, decided to open a Cafe Gecko in Richardson.


Richardson restaurant Mumtaz specializes in Punjabi cuisine

Forty years ago, Kulwinder Dhaliwal emigrated from India in hopes of a better future. As soon as he arrived in Dallas, he went into food service.


Iraqi chef brings cuisine of his homeland to Richardson

The original Bilad Bakery, Restaurant & Grocery opened in Iraq more than 40 years ago. Fuad Aldawyma, alongside his father and his brother, makes fresh bread and shawarma daily at the family-owned restaurant.


Pizza Americana delivers unique flavors to Richardson

When Pizza Americana owner Jordan Swim decided to open a pizzeria, the Richardson local said, he wanted to add value to the community.


Edith's French Bistro in Richardson makes comeback post shutdown

After months of scarce business, Edith's French Bistro was glad to return to some sense of normalcy at each of its three locations, Richardson manager Steven Brantley said.


Haystack Burgers & Barley serves menu with 'Tex-Mex flair' in Richardson Heights

After years of running Tex-Mex restaurants, husband-wife team Kevin and Jenny Galvan said, their next step was to break into the burger business.


Woody B's BBQ shares family tradition with the Richardson community and beyond

Woody B’s BBQ is not a typical dine-in establishment: Entree menu items are vacuum-sealed and stored in a cooler from which guests can grab what they want and warm it up at home.


Local firefighter serves up one-of-a-kind flavors at Tongue in Cheek Ice Cream in Richardson

Brett Smith had been working as a Richardson firefighter for more than 20 years when he opened his own ice cream shop in July 2019. The name, Tongue in Cheek Ice Cream, is a nod to his fellow firefighters’ knack for wit and irony.
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


Andrew Belshe, left, runs the Wylie location while his father, Scott Belshe, runs the Richardson branch. (Courtesy Meteor Hamburgers)
Richardson local serves up 'hamburgers and hotrods' at Meteor Hamburgers on Belt Line Road

Scott Belshe spent 15 years in the corporate car industry before he decided to purchase a struggling restaurant as his retirement project.

Learn more about the candidates running for Richardson's Place 6 City Council seat ahead of the May 1 election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Candidate Q&A: Richardson City Council Place 6

Three newcomers are vying for the Place 6 seat, which will be vacated by outgoing Council Member Steve Mitchell.

People wait in line to receive a vaccine at an Austin Public Health vaccination site. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas offers COVID-19 vaccinations to school, child care workers

Educators, school staff and child care professionals are qualified to receive coronavirus vaccines effective immediately.

In response to Gov. Greg Abbott's March 2 announcement that Texas' statewide mask mandate and COVID-19-related business restrictions will be lifted as of March 10, the Texas Education Agency released updated public health guidance March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Updated Texas Education Agency guidance allows individual school boards to determine mask policies

"Under this updated guidance, a public school system's current practices on masks may continue unchanged. Local school boards have full authority to determine their local mask policy," the release reads.

Here are two Q&As from candidates running for Richardson City Council. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Candidate Q&A: Richardson City Council Place 4

Incumbent Council Member Kyle Kepner is running against Joe Corcoran in the race for Place 4.

The business features a 14,000-square-foot facility and offers a variety of training styles for a range of ages. (Courtesy Monster Bodybuilding Sports & Fitness)
Monster Bodybuilding Sports & Fitness now open in Richardson

The business features a 14,000-square-foot facility and offers a variety of training styles for a range of ages.

Photo from inside a movie theater
Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy, closes theaters in downtown Austin and New Braunfels

Most theaters will remain open under an asset purchase agreement to the company's senior lending partners.

Plano ISD board meeting
Plano ISD facilities sustained more than $1.7M in damage during winter storms

Though last month’s winter storms caused an estimated $1.7 million in damage to 53 campuses and facilities, Plano ISD personnel expect the district will only have to pay its $100,000 insurance deductible for the needed repairs.

Renovations at the Chick-fil-A in the Richardson Square development are slated to be complete later this spring. (Courtesy Chick-fil-A)
Richardson Chick-fil-A closes for upgrades; Eight|11 restaurant reopens in Frisco and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.

Richardson Police Department’s new Crisis Intervention Team began operations in October. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Richardson police team aims to curtail local mental health crises through proactive intervention

The recently launched Crisis Intervention Team is a partnership with Methodist Richardson Medical Center.

The city of Richardson is offering water bill adjustments due to winter storm leaks. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Richardson City Council approves emergency authorization for storm-related relief programs

Approval of three relief avenues will cost the city approximately $490,000, Deputy City Manager Don Magner said.