Construction is underway to turn the former Dixie House into Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen (photo by Emily Charrier).

Construction is underway to turn the former Dixie House into Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen (photo by Emily Charrier).

Come fall, the Lakewood Shopping Center on Gaston will include another new place to eat when Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen joins the neighborhood. That, of course, is dependent on permits and construction, however.

“There’s no ‘for sure’ in the restaurant business,” laughs Lindsey Miller, who is handling the restaurant’s PR. “But that’s what we’re shooting for.”

Construction is underway, transforming what used to be Dixie House into a new open-concept floor plan, sans the bar that previously anchored the center of the restaurant. Managing partner Johnny Carros previously told us that the new Sugarbacon will be modled after its flagship location in McKinney, where the restaurant has received positive reviews. Expect a warm industrial look, with brick walls, glazed concrete floors, a mix of raw and polished wood and bulky metal pieces. The $700,000 remodel is being handled by Black Diamond General Contractors of Argyle, Texas.

“I honestly don’t know [when we’ll open],” Miller says. “It all demands on permits and construction.”

Sugarbacon is the brainchild of chef Jon Thompson, who rose to Dallas culinary fame working for celebrity foodie Stephan Pyles as the executive chef behind Stampede 66. The menu offers Southern tastes with an upscale spin, like fried green tomatoes with crab remoulade. Prices run from $11-$27 for entrees.

The shopping center has been focusing on trendier eateries in recent months with the additions of Roots Juices and Unleavened Kitchen in the past year.

Construction is underway to turn the former Dixie House into Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen (photo by Emily Charrier).

Construction is underway to turn the former Dixie House into Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen (photo by Emily Charrier).


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