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New restaurant, three new stores coming soon to Rockwall

Mi Cocina Mexican restaurant, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, HomeGoods and Maurice’s are coming soon to Rockwall.

According to a news release from the City of Rockwall, Mi Cocina is scheduled to open Dec. 1 where TGI Fridays previously was on the I- 30 south service road. It is part of the MCrowd restaurant group that includes Taco Diner and The Mercury.

Jane Taylor, Director of Design for MCrowd, said customer requests to locate in Rockwall was one of the reasons the company selected the city.

“We’re a local small-town chain restaurant in the DFW area, and we’ve noticed how fast Rockwall is growing,” she added. “We appreciate how very cooperative the city officials have been. They have gone above and beyond to accommodate us, and it’s been really good to work with them.”

HomeGoods and Jo-Ann’s will be located in Phase 2 of Rockwall Plaza (Phase 1 includes Belks and Penney’s), also located along the I-30 south service road. They are expected to open in the summer of 2011. Lease talks are continuing with several other businesses in the center.

Jo-Ann’s operates more than 745 stores in 48 states.

HomeGoods offers an eclectic mix of home fashion items from furniture and rugs to kitchen and bed and bath – all priced 20-60 percent less than department and specialty store prices.

Maurice’s, a small-town specialty shop for women, will open Oct. 20 in Phase 1 of Rockwall Plaza, next door to Justice for Girls. The two retail shops are owned by Dress Barn. Maurice’s will offer clothes ranging from size 1 to 24 along with accessories and shoes.

Announcement of several other major retailers and restaurants locating in Phase 2 of Rockwall Plaza are expected soon pending lease agreements.

Dragonfly restaurant opened and closed in a month at The Harbor

In case you blinked and missed it, the Dragonfly Asian Grill and Sushi Bar opened and closed after only being open for about one month at The Harbor.

There must be a curse in that building. Four restaurants have come and gone there. I think the restaurant which was there the longest was for about 3-4 months.

We had visited the Dragonfly twice right after it opened. The first time was excellent! I’m going to miss the Mongolian Beef.

The second time my wife took her sister visiting from California. That was a disaster! It was the night that two chefs had a fight and left the place with just one cook!

The owner was a very nice lady who owns two successful eateries in Dallas. She told me that she had numerous problems with water leaking through windows and more and had to delay her opening for months.

I guess either she got fed up with more problems or maybe people just didn’t come in. On the other hand, perhaps she left because The Harbor declared bankruptcy.

I need to learn more. Anybody know?

New Burger House franchise opens successfully in Rockwall

A new family-oriented Burger House location opened last Monday in Rockwall in the shopping center on the south side of I-30 next to Friday’s, where Double Dave’s Pizza used to be.

According to the corporate and franchise owners, business was great and beyond expectations for their first week. They had standing room only during three weeknights!

Burger House first opened in Dallas in 1951 and this is their seventh location. Owners attribute their success to fresh and healthy high-quality products, great service and lots of their secret seasoning salt that they put on everything from burgers to fries.

Watch for a more complete feature news article this week in TheRockwallNews.com.

For more info, visit: www.burgerhouse.com

Burger House to open next week in Rockwall

“We make our award-winning burgers, crispy seasoned fries, real shakes and malts the old fashioned way, just like they were made back in ’51 when we first opened our doors”….

That’s the way Burger House describes their food on their website which will be served at their new restaurant opening Jan. 18 in Rockwall at 919 E. I-30, where Double Dave’s Pizza was previously located, in front of the old Circuit City store.

This will be their seventh location, after opening their original location way back in 1951 at 6913 Hillcrest Ave. in Park Cities, next to SMU and Highland Park High School.

Their menu consists a variety of burgers, hot dogs, chili, chicken sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, different flavors of “Cokes,” root beer floats and lots of fries with cheese and chili.

Now you won’t have to cross the Lake to find a Burger House. Call 972-722-6622 or 972-722-6639 for info.

Logan’s Roadhouse packs the place with great steaks, wide menu

Last night my wife and I used the coupon and tried eating at Logan’s Roadhouse for the first time since it opened in Rockwall last month.

We had a great experience and will definitely go back for more!

Look out, Saltgrass Steak House; you’ve got some serious competition!

The place was packed about 6:30 pm, but we only had to wait about 15 minutes to get a table because the restaurant seats quite a few people. I forgot to ask the capacity, but it’s similar to Saltgrass; it might even seat more.

First thing we noticed was a smiling door greeter and then peanut shells all over the gray concrete floor. The atmosphere is casual yet organized. Hostesses and our waitress were very friendly and professional.

Within a minute or two of being seated and brought water with lemon slices, we were brought some of the most delicious home-made hot rolls we’ve ever tasted with butter! It was an excellent start!

Then we reviewed the big menu, which offers a wide variety of steaks, ribs, chicken fried steak, barbeque chicken, catfish, meat loaf, burgers and lots more Texas favorites, all priced from about $5 to $25.

My wife and I decided to order and share a Black Angus porterhouse steak, with came with two sides. Splittling a porterhouse allowed us both to enjoy their best and largest steak for the same price it would cost to each order a lesser quality, smaller sirloin. 

We also ordered a baked potato and house salad, plus an extra baked potato, which comes with only butter.

The huge Black Angus porterhouse turned out to be a great selection! Ordered medium well, it came to us juicy, hot and medium, which is typical (always order a bit more well done than you want it, so I was taught!).

The steak had a delicious flavor, after being grilled over mesquite wood. It  was so large, that after my wife ate the filet, I couldn’t even finish the strip portion. No problem, now I have delicious leftovers!

We were too full to sample dessert. Didn’t even look at that menu.

The only downside to our experience was minimal. 

My wife ordered French dressing fo the salad and got Italian (which was good anyway!). The potatoes were definitely not grown in Idaho, where the very best are grown. Potatoes just didn’t have the flavor and were too flaky.

We also noticed there was no vegetable, although my wife missed it more than I did.

We left there full and happy, which is why we’ll definitely return to sample more of the menu. And those rolls…I just ate one I took home in my doggie bag. It was still delicious!

Logan’s Roadhouse is located on the I-30 north feeder road, between Saltgrass Steak House and IHOP. Parking is a bit of a problem, with all of those busy restaurants next to each other. 

Logan’s also offers a discounted menu on Monday nights.

Eat at Applebee’s in Rockwall today and help end abuse

If you eat at Applebee’s restaurant in Rockwall anytime today from 10:30 am-11pm, the restaurant will donate 15 percent of your purchases to the Rockwall-based Lillian Smith Family Violence Foundation, which campaigns in media, schools and communities to help end domestic, dating, child and pet abuse.

Once at Applebee’s, all you have to do, according to Foundation founder and Rockwall resident J.J. Smith, is to tell your waiter or waitress that you are there to help the Lillian Smith Foundation and want your purchases to count as part of Applebee’s donation.

Local Foundation Board and Advisory Council members include State Sen. Bob Deuell, Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper, Walmart Store Manager Jamie Dennis, Dallas Morning News Neighbors Go Editor Dawn Redig, plus Rockwall County Bar Association President and legal columnist John Browning.

Click here to read more at TheRockwallNews.com.

For info about the event or the Foundation’s efforts, call J.J. Smith, 214-256-4071.

Snuffers restaurant site of fundraiser for slain women

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CBS11TV reported last night that a fundraiser will be held all day and night Nov. 11 at the Snuffer’s restaurant in Rockwall to honor Dallas mother and daughter Jeanne and Janice Carroll from Dallas who were killed last year by Keith Hill, the daughter’s husband.

Daughter Janice worked for CPS and dearly loved the children she helped.

The funds raised will be donated to Community Partners of Dallas, a non-profit organization that provides children in CPS custody with new clothes, shoes and toys through their Rainbow Room program.

There’s a Rainbow Room in Rockwall, too.

For more info, read the story at TheRockwallNews.com,  

or watch the CBS11 TV video. 

More liquor sales fails in Fate; all but two amendments pass

An attempt to bring packaged liquor sales and mixed drinks in restaurants to the City of Fate failed yesterday while voters approved all but two of 11 amendments.

Only 3,681 voters, or six percent of Rockwall County’s voters, made it to the polls during early voting and on election day yesterday. 

By a vote of 202 to 151 (57% to 43%), Fate voted down packaged liquor sales and mixed drinks. Fate has had beer and wine available in stores since 2007 after County voters made that possible.

Neighboring Farmersville in Collin County also went wet after voters there handily approved beer and wine sales.

Amendments number 1 and 4 did not pass. All the rest passed handily.

Amendment no. 1 to authorize financing regarding military bases failed 1740 to 1861 votes (52% to 48%).

Amendment no.4 to establish a national research fund for emerging universities failed 1955 to 1637 votes (54% to 46%).

No elections for candidates were held.

See complete Rockwall election info here.

Carl’s Jr. has the best burgers, fries in Rockwall

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Carl’s Jr. makes the best burgers and fries we’ve tasted in Rockwall!

The all beef patty burgers are charbroiled, thick and juicy, with lots of fresh ingredients.

The premium-quality, skin-on, natural cut fries are fabulous. The coating and right amount of salt are what makes them special.

Yesterday my wife and I again enjoyed a delicious take-out lunch from Carl’s Jr., located inside the Luv’s Truck Stop on I-30 at State Hwy. 549, just East of Rockwall. Yes, a truck stop!

Most Carl’s Jr. locations are in free-standing buildings, like Chick-Fil-A or McDonald’s. But its only Dallas-area location is – fortunately for us – in this truck stop. I read in the Dallas Morning News recently that some people drive all the way from Ft. Worth to Carl’s Jr. in Rockwall because the burgers are that good! 

Their fairly new teriyaki burger is really delicious! It includes sweet teriyaki glaze, a round slice of grilled Dole pineapple, two slices of mild swiss cheese, a large slice of fresh tomato, lots of fresh lettuce and mayonnaise on a large toasted sesame seed bun. We prefer it without the mayonnaise to better taste the teriyaki sauce.

Although tomatoes and lettuce are not a big deal, what surprises me is that every time I purchase a burger from Carl’s Jr. the tomato slices and lettuce are large, fresh and not your typical squashed tomato and brown lettuce, such as I’ve encountered many times at other fast food places.

Other burgers we’ve personally enjoyed include the Big Carl – their mainstay cheeseburger – plus the Portobello Mushroom and Swiss, Western Bacon Cheeseburger and Jalapeno Burger.

If you’re really hungry, Carl’s Jr. also offers what they call the Six Dollar Burger. It isn’t really $6, but looks it. They’re huge! 

I can’t comment on how healthy their menu is. Generally we try to eat pretty healthy and sometimes organic foods. But sometimes we just break down and get a burger. Carl’s Jr. has become our favorite.

Their website does contain lots of nutritional info for those who want to read it.

Is it lunch time yet? I believe I’m ready for another today!

Dragonfly Asian Grill, sushi bar, opening in late Sept. at The Harbor

Spoke Friday with Lori Ann Price, the very nice new owner of the new “Dragonfly”Asian grill & sushi bar. She and her husband will be opening their new family-oriented restaurant in late Sept. at The Harbor, where the French restaurant Cote D”Azur formerly was.

They already own the Tom Tom Asian Grill near downtown Dallas in West Village, plus the McKinney Ave. Tavern & Sports Bar, so they have plenty of restaurant experience.

They have now hired their management team at Dragonfly, but are still hiring servers, cooks and more. They’ll employ 70 full-time employees, and more part-time.

The Prices will also offer menu items for diners who don’t like Asian dishes.  She said one of her friends said he’ll come often as long as she serves chicken-fried steak; so that’s what they’re going to serve, she told me, laughing.