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Eats Beat: New names in old locations; also, Mother’s Day brunch ideas in Arlington

Gino’s East is a popular Chicago-style deep-dish pizzeria.
Gino’s East is a popular Chicago-style deep-dish pizzeria. Gino’s East

Call it the restaurant revolving door.

Several abruptly vacant locations lured new tenants in no time. Here’s a rundown:

▪ Stir Crazy Baked Goods will add a second location, this one on West Magnolia Avenue in a former cheese shop.

Adam and Robbie Werner promise to expand on their South Main Village operation to offer breakfast pastries and late-night desserts at 1251 W. Magnolia Ave.;

▪ Two Gino’s East Chicago-style pizzerias will replace two locations of a bikini-top sports bar & grill.

The first Gino’s East in DFW will open Saturday at 1350 E. Copeland Road in Arlington, next door to the Pappadeaux near Globe Life Park; 817-987-1380, A Dallas location will open on Lombardy Lane, near Pappas Bros. Steaks.

▪ Opa Mediterranean Cafe, a second location for a popular stand in Hulen Mall, has replaced a Greek restaurant near Montgomery Plaza.

Opa is open for lunch and dinner daily, except Sundays, at 2708 W. Seventh St.; 817-334-0888.

▪ Thai Chili, a popular Southlake restaurant, moved to Roanoke to take over a former Cajun restaurant on U.S. 377.

Thai Chili will reopen this weekend at 210 U.S. 377 S., in the space left behind when Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill moved to 200 N. Oak St. nearby, in turn replacing a Tex-Mex restaurant.

▪ Fuego Burger, from the owners of Salsa Fuego, will open in Fuego’s spot now that Salsa has moved one block north to 3500 Alta Mere Drive (Texas 183); 817-560-7888.

Ready for moms

In Arlington, Restaurant506 at the Sanford House made the national list of “best brunches.”

Menus like the one for Mother’s Day keep it a favorite for diners between Fort Worth and Dallas.

Restaurant506’s $49 three-course brunch features salmon in Parmesan-lemon sauce; beef medallions with caramelized-onion risotto and eggs; short-rib eggs Benedict with Southwestern grits, or cinnamon-peach French toast, with choices of salads and dessert.

Restaurant506 is open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday and for dinner Thursday through Saturday at the Sanford House bed-and-breakfast, 506 N. Center St., 817-801-5541,

Fun food for Mom

Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be stuffy.

R Bar & Grill in the Hilton Arlington offers a $48 surf-and-turf choice of a short-rib with lobster tail or a tenderloin with shrimp, plus jalapeño-cheddar potatoes au gratin and desserts such as amaretto-caramel crepes.

That’s a lunch-and-dinner special for those needing a later reservation; 2401 E. Lamar Blvd., 817-640-4711,

Cacharel Restaurant is near the same price point at $49.75 for a three-course dinner featuring a choice of salmon, sea bass, a beef tenderloin with a brandy-raisin-black peppercorn sauce, pecan-crusted chicken, a thick-cut pork chop or sliced duck breast with a current sauce.

Naturally, Cacharel will serve its signature chocolate soufflé or an apricot-macademia soufflé, with other choices including pistachio creme brulee; 2221 E. Lamar Blvd., 817-640-9981,

Art, tea & AT&T

Also in Arlington: a mother-daughter tea and tour of AT&T Stadium’s art collection planned Sunday has been rescheduled.

The event will be moved later in the spring or summer. At $25, it’s a reasonably priced tea event and one of few in Arlington.

Bud Kennedy’s column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in 817-390-7538

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