Neighborhood resident Adam Loew recently opened a restaurant in Elmwood called Grassroots Kitchen. The restaurant, at 2109 S. Edgefield, offers bahn mi sandwiches, meatloaf, jerk chicken and more on a frequently changing menu. Loew and his wife, Thania, make everything from scratch. Loew manned a smoker and pop-up food stand outside of North Oak Cliff Beer and Wine every Friday and Saturday for three years before opening this brick-and-mortar location. 

You like tacos. You like wine. Here’s a restaurant that pairs tacos with wine. It’s called Taco y Vino and was expected to open in the Bishop Arts District at the end of May. Wine professional Jimmy Contreras, who lives in Oak Cliff, is partnering with chef Sharon Van Meter for the concept, which will offer a selection of tacos, quesadillas and desserts along with wine pairings.

A family friendly coffee and smoothies bar opened in the Bishop Arts District recently. Real estate agent Brad Lambert and his wife, Kim, bought the cottage one door down from the Wild Detectives as an investment. But then they decided to open their own place there. The cafe, Serve, offers coffee drinks and smoothie bowls of acai or matcha with fruit, granola and nuts. The Lamberts, who have three young children, wanted the space to be family friendly. So they installed turf in the backyard for a play area. They’re planning to offer “mommy and me” yoga on Saturday mornings as well as occasional craft workshops on the building’s wrap-around front porch.

A Rhode Island-based restaurant that hires people with special needs has leased a space at Sylvan Thirty. Shayna’s Place Cafe is a family owned sandwich and coffee shop. Lou Olerio is opening Shayna’s Dallas location. His uncle started the restaurant in 2015, inspired by his daughter Shayna who has Down syndrome. The restaurant is expected to open next to Cibo Divino in late summer. They’ll serve breakfast, lunch and dinner including sandwiches, salads, smoothies, pastries and juices as well as coffee, beer and wine.

A meat market and steakhouse opened recently at Sylvan Thirty. Cooper’s Meat Market’s original location opened in San Antonio in 1997. Michael Johnson, the son of Cooper’s San Antonio owners, lives in Oak Cliff and owns this store. Along with cut-to-order beef, pork, poultry and fish, Cooper’s also offers appetizers, sides, casseroles, wine and beer. It’s also a 50-seat steakhouse with executive chef Kenny Mills, who previously has worked at Chop House Burger, Capital Grille, Sullivan’s Steakhouse and Dallas Chop House. Catering also is available