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Ellen’s all day breakfast destination is in expansion mode

Fresh from the news that Ellen’s popular downtown cafe, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner all day, would take over the closed cafeteria in Highland Park, news from another Ellen location is in the works.

Ellen’s will also take over the space that used to be Crossroads Diner, at 17194 Preston Road. Renovations to the diner are already under way and the new location is expected to open this summer. The Crossroads Diner closed in November 2020, just a few days before its tenth anniversary.

Ellen’s, which was founded in 2012, was recently in expansion mode. A second location opened in Allen in 2020, and two more locations are also in the works – one in Frisco at the Stonebriar Commons Shopping Center, one on the south side of Fort Worth.

The southern grocer Biscuit Bar will soon open in Coppell

The Biscuit Bar, the restaurant that serves sweet and savory cookie sandwiches filled with Philly cheesesteaks and hot Nashville-style chicken, is about to open its outpost in Coppell.

The restaurant at 104 S. Denton Tap Road will open for breakfast on Monday April 26th. The restaurant is connected to locations in Plano, Deep Ellum, Arlington and the Stockyards. A location in Abilene is expected to open later this summer, and an outpost in Addison is expected to open by the end of the year.

The Biscuit Bar also climbs into the ghost kitchen train and joins Trinity Groves’ CloudKitchen. By working in a virtual kitchen, the restaurant can test new menu items and record customer data on delivery needs.

Oatly’s plant-based soft serve will be available soon at Rangers Games

Oatly, the hugely popular brand of oat milk, is launching its first plant-based soft serve in three major league baseball stadiums, including Globe Life Field. The nut-based ice cream, which is now available at all Rangers’ home games, is available in chocolate and vanilla flavors. Oatly already makes frozen plant-based ice cream that is commercially available, but the soft ice cream is new. Oatly’s sales of its original oatmeal have increased during the pandemic, and the brand is preparing to bring its property to the public.

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