So it must be time for the Colleyville restaurateur to reopen another new-old favorite: the return of Gator’s Cafe.
Much missed as a Bedford bar and gumbo shop, Gators will return next week in Colleyville as a Cajun restaurant with shrimp and grits, catfish Louisiane, redfish and jambalaya.
Gator’s also will have live music weekends, bringing a new flavor and spirit to the Texas 121 location that was formerly J.R.’s Grill.
A couple of menu items stirring interest: chicken-andouille gumbo, Buffalo crawfish tails, cornmeal-battered fried okra and Low Country cornbread.
Ragland’s J.R.’s Steak & Grill, his Southwestern prime steakhouse combined with a new bar and casual grill, is now open for lunch and dinner at 5400 Texas 121 North.
J.R’s will open Easter with special brunch items. Or choose from the regular grill menu, offering burgers and sandwiches starting at $8, favorite entrees for $14-$26 and huge salads for $6 or $14 with grilled salmon or chicken.
Most interesting menu item: a “mas macho” chopped steak topped with two enchiladas, chili, guacamole and cilantro.
• According to a national poll, half the diners going out on Easter Sunday want a buffet, and 40 percent want ham.
Diners can’t seem to agree whether to call it Easter breakfast, brunch or dinner.
But whatever you call it — call early for reservations.
The best availability might be at Vidalia’s in the Renaissance Worthington hotel, which just decided at midweek to serve a buffet after all.
Vidalia’s will serve in the hotel’s Rio Grande Room from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $50, 817-210-2222, marriott.com.
Some familiar restaurants will open early for Easter sunrise worshipers.
Prime steakhouses open include Del Frisco’s, Ruth’s Chris and Capital Grille, offering eggs Benedict, steaks, halibut or salmon; thecapitalgrille.com.
For the most traditional Easter in Dallas-Fort Worth, try the timeless Highland Park Cafeteria, 1200 N. Buckner Blvd., (Loop 12), Dallas; highlandparkcafeteria.com.
For other choices, see the midweek column at dfw.com/eatsbeat.
More brunch choices across Dallas-Fort Worth can be found on opentable.com.