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Barbecue stands and trailers are sprouting like spring weeds across Dallas-Fort Worth.
But the big arrival is in July, when a giant new Hard Eight BBQ steak and barbecue restaurant will open at 220 N. Burleson Blvd. in Burleson.
This is no street-corner brisket shop, Hard Eight will have 12,000 square feet of seating.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s huge. If I hadn’t seen the sign, I’d have thought it was Six Flags Over Barbecue.
It’s the Nivens family’s fifth location. The original Hard Eight opened in 2003 in Stephenville, and was the first to bnng “Hill Country barbecue” to Dallas-Fort Worth.
If you think we have plenty of barbecue, Hard Eight also cooks a great steak over open coals.
The new restaurant has something no previous Hard Eight had: rooftop dining.
Of course, the view will be mostly of Interstate 35W and the Harley-Davidson dealership for now, but that part of Burleson continues to grow.
The location will join previous Hard Eight restaurants in Stephenville, Coppell, Roanoke and The Colony.
If you’d like to try another Hard Eight, all locations open at 10:30 a.m. daily for lunch and dinner; hardeightbbq.com
Fort Worth barbecue update
In Fort Worth, Dayne’s Craft Barbecue threw a surprise hard-hat preview Saturday and will continue to open for occasional previews before its July opening.
Dayne’s is remodeling the former Americado food hall at 2000 W. Berry St., changing it to a traditional barbecue restaurant with weekend service planned in July.
It’s the newest on a list of barbecue openings or expansions that includes:
▪ 407BBQ moved to a larger location at 831 Farm Road 407 West near Argyle; 407bbq.com.
▪ Rack Attack Barbecue, a popular caterer and food truck by pitmaster Brandon Anderson, will open this summer at 104 Smith St. in downtown Mansfield.