The owners of the Old East Dallas Urbano Cafe restaurant plan to open a casual cafe and lunch on December 14, 2021.
2DD, located two doors down from the restaurant, will sell quiches, kolaches, sandwiches and pasta. Co-owners Kristen and Mitch Kauffman have stopped selling lunch at Urbano Cafe during the pandemic, so the addition of the Chicken Caprese Pesto or Roasted Portabello Mushroom Sandwiches will likely be good news for regulars. Other dishes on the lunch menu include tomato basil soup and hearty entrees like fusilli with braised short ribs and veal bolognese.
In the morning, 2DD will sell pastries, coffee and a combo called French Breakfast: café au lait, baguette and berries. Muffins, croissants and more come from Leila Bakery in East Dallas; the chopsticks are from Dallas Village Baking Co.
It will be open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
While Dallas has seen the start of dozens of independent cafes over the past decade, 2DD is opening in an area that isn’t overserved with espresso. Some of the closest options are Fiction Coffee on Ross Avenue, Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters in Expo Park, and Toasted, Houndstooth, and La La Land on or near the lowest area of Greenville. There is no cafe in this part of Old East Dallas, on Fitzhugh Avenue between Ross and Live Oak.
But, this Old East Dallas neighborhood is definitely a destination spot among foodies. Urbano Cafe and 2DD’s neighbors are Jimmy’s Food Store, a long-loved Italian grocery store; Khao Noodle Shop, once called the #2 best new restaurant in America; and Mai’s, a Vietnamese restaurant.
Urbano Café has been open since 2009.
2DD is at 1412 N. Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas. It is expected to open on December 14, 2021.