San Antonio's colorful Asian-themed restaurant is coming to Uptown Dallas. Hot Joy, the fun concept that serves ramen, wings, and other millennial things, will open this summer at 3130 Lemmon Ave., in the former Texas Land & Cattle space.
Hot Joy comes to Dallas via Front Burner Restaurants, the Dallas-based company that owns restaurants such as Mexican Sugar, Sixty Vines, and Whiskey Cake. They've partnered with the creators of Hot Joy to expand.
Front Burner CEO Randy DeWitt discovered Hot Joy on a trip to San Antonio. "All anyone would talk about was how I had to go try Hot Joy," he says in a release. He went, he ordered, he liked.
Hot Joy burst onto the San Antonio dining scene in 2014 and earned a spot on the Bon Appétit "Hot 10 Restaurant" list of 2014. Owner Chad Carey describes the menu as a mash-up of China, Texas, Vietnam, Japan, Louisiana, Thailand, Mexico, Malaysia, "and anything else that lights up our brain."
He also describes it as "spontaneous, insanely fun, bursting with life, and just a bit too loud." The food and drink are "big, spicy, and funky." It's "not understated, nuanced, or predictable." "And don't even get me started on 'fusion,'" he says. Don't get him started.
The restaurant will initially open as a pop-up. It'll stay in the TL&C space for two years, then move to a permanent location.
Chef John Philpot, who served as sous chef when Hot Joy opened, now runs the kitchen. He will bring the restaurant's signature dishes to the Dallas pop-up, including shrimp dumplings “Chengdu style,” Spam fried rice, and twice-fried chicken wings with crab-fat caramel. Philpot is also creating several new dishes specifically for the Uptown location.