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.

January

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.

February


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.

March

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.

April

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.

May

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.

June

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.

July

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.

August

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.

September

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.

October

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.

November

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.

December

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.


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