Construction on Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen, which will replace Dixie House, is already underway. (Photo by Brittany Nunn)

Construction on Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen, which will replace Dixie House, is already underway. (Photo by Brittany Nunn)

As predicted by many readers, the location that used to house Dixie House on Gaston won’t be vacant for long. Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen plans to open another location of its popular McKinney-based eatery in the expansive space, set to debut later this year.

Led by chef Jon Thompson, formerly of the critically acclaimed Stampede 66, the menu offers classic Southern dishes with an upscale twist, like collard greens with smoked duck instead of bacon, or fried green tomatoes with crab remoulade. Obviously, you can expect a higher price-point than what could be found at Dixie House.

“Lakewood could not be a better perfect fit for us,” said co-owner Johnny Carros in a press release. “We value being involved and supporting our neighborhood like the residents do here. It will be several months before we open the doors, but we are humbled by the neighbors who have warmly welcomed us already.”

Extensive construction has already begun, with almost everything torn out except for the retro tin-tile ceiling, although Sugarbacon spokeswoman Lindsey Miller says the restaurant just got its construction permits and hasn’t started remodeling (we’re guessing Lincoln Property Company is preparing the space for the new tenants, but, as usual, they haven’t called us back). If it’s anything like the McKinney Sugarbacon, a garage-turned restaurant, we expect the design will be something ultra-hip.

In the press release announcing Sugarbacon’s second location, Robert Dozier, executive vice president of retail at Lincoln Property Company, which owns the Lakewood Shopping Center (who has never once returned our phone calls), added, “The owners of Lakewood Shopping Center are always looking for tenants to bring to the East Dallas area that are focused in building ‘community’ and becoming part of the fabric of the neighborhood while also being an exceptional partner with the property. We have been impressed with the Sugarbacon team and are thrilled to welcome them into the fold.”

Dixie House closed in January after more than three decades in business, one of four tenants to close their doors (or announce their closure) in the past 30 days.

It seems to us the face of the Gaston-Abrams neighborhood is changing, with more down-home places being replaced by trendy alternatives (Dixie House to Sugarbacon, Minyards to Whole Foods, Matt’s to Mi Cocina). Do you agree? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

This story was updated after we reached the media department at Sugarbacon. 

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