College sweethearts Hailey Nutt and Brenton Phillips relocated to Dallas from Florida in 2016 specifically because they wanted to start a business here.
After years managing restaurants, they wanted to start their own, but they couldn’t find the perfect place. So they started a certified organic juice company called Tribal, which they operated out of a rented kitchen in Richardson. The company still bottles and ships cold-pressed juices to stores all over Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Exactly two years later, they opened Tribal All Day Café, the first business to open in Exxir Capital’s new Bishop Arts development. It’s a little restaurant with one booth, a few small tables and a bar.
But it’s mighty in its healthy offerings.
Tribal is heavy on greens, grains and fruits. Nothing on the menu has beef, chicken or pork, but there is smoked salmon. And most of the dishes are vegan, although eggs, cheese and cow’s milk are available.
The cafe serves juice and smoothies, plus coffee, tea and specialty lattes, such as the caffeine-free “goldie latte,” made with turmeric root, raw honey and coconut milk.
This is “all day,” and the café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The “power bowl” comes with two fried eggs, sweet potatoes, beans, brown rice, greens and toast with jam. Also for breakfast are burritos, yogurt parfaits, toasts and migas.
Try “not another acai bowl” for a light lunch. It comes with dragon fruit, bananas, almond milk, grain-free granola and almond butter.
Heartier items include vegan queso, a “green goddess” sandwich with mozzarella, cucumbers, sprouts and greens, or the “nourish bowl” with broccolini, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, lentils, avocado, hemp seeds, cabbage and greens.
Open until 8 p.m., Tribal serves beer, wine and cocktails as well.
Nutt is a member of the Chickasaw Nation, and the cafe’s logo and the names of some menu items draw from her Native American heritage.
While Nutt and Phillips could’ve put their concept anywhere, they knew Bishop Arts was the only place for them.
“It’s so close-knit,” Nutt says. “It’s so fun just to be a part of it.”
Tribal All Day Café
263 N. Bishop Ave.
Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.