Yolk Hatches Expansion Plan

Fans of downtown Dallas’ breakfast-and-lunch-centered Yolk restaurant will be glad to know there’s a new Yolk in town.
Owner Taki Kastanis opened the 10th location of his Chicago-bred restaurant in Preston Center to target residential Dallas.
“Preston Center seemed like the perfect mix of residential and commercial. It’s just a good high-volume area, high density,” Kastanis said. “As soon as the location came up, we took a run at it and we grabbed the location.”
Yolk’s egg-heavy breakfast menu includes pot roast and a poached egg on an English muffin, a three-egg scrambler with sautéed kale, caramelized onion, tomato, and goat cheese, and several combination dishes and omelet options.

There’s also chicken and waffles, potato pancakes, and a smoked salmon platter as well as sweeter options such as french toast, crepes, and Nutty Monkey Cakes — bananas, chocolate, peanut butter, and pancakes.
The lunch menu includes a variety of burgers, sandwiches, soups, and salads.
Yolk opened in December 2016. Since then, Kastanis said, business has been going well. The holiday season made for a particularly busy month, so Kastanis is waiting to settle into the normal pace of business.
Preston Center is Yolk’s third North Texas location, after One Arts Plaza and Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. The idea to expand to Dallas was a logical next step for Kastanis.
“Everybody’s moving down to Texas. A lot of companies are moving down there and the state of Texas is growing,” Kastanis said. “It seemed like Dallas out of all the cities in Texas was the most similar to Chicago as far as the type of people.”
Kastanis opened Yolk 10 years ago in Chicago after he saw a need for a breakfast-oriented restaurant. He grew up in the restaurant business and wanted to continue in his parents’ industry while at the same time making his own mark.
“I always liked the breakfast aspect [of the business],” Kastanis said. “I felt no one was doing it well or as well as I thought it could be [done].”
Yolk now boasts five Chicago locations. Eventually, Kastanis hopes to expand further into Dallas and move out into the suburbs, possibly considering restaurants in rapidly-growing Frisco and Plano.
“After we’re done with Dallas, at that point we’ll probably jump over to another city: Houston, Austin, San Antonio,” Kastanis said.

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