#ForksOut: New Restaurants as of August 15, 2022

Have you heard about the "bleisure" travel craze? It's a trendy term for taking some time out during business travel to have a little fun and make the most of your time in a new city. From whimsical speakeasy lounges with Instagram-worthy cocktails to an open-air tiki bar, these new Dinova network restaurants make Wednesdays feel like the weekend in the best possible way.

Dallas, TX

Go off the beaten path during your next business celebration and discover Akai, an intimate and sophisticated speakeasy in the heart of the Arts District. Sip like a VIP with craft cocktails like the Cherry Blossom or Espresso Martini while you take in the swanky ambiance and mood lighting. This is a true speakeasy that you won’t find on Google Maps. Enter through the Musume restaurant and ask the staff to escort you to Akai!

Dallas, TX

Sometimes, the best way to bond with your clients or colleagues is to let your hair down and have some fun. That’s where Barcadia comes in, with an atmosphere designed to unleash your inner kid (and some friendly competition). Bring your team for happy hour and stay to enjoy the adult arcade and gaming bar, along with daily food and drink specials. Barcadia is also a fantastic place to host your private business events.

Farmers Branch, TX

When doing business in Texas, barbecue must be on your business dining bucket list. Founded by famed pitmaster Tim McLaughlin, Crossbucks BBQ has been generating tons of buzz among foodies and ‘cue enthusiasts for its bold flavors. The menu features barbecue flavors from across the country, all “smoked with love” in the low-and-slow Texas style. Crossbuck BBQ also caters, offering boxed lunches, BBQ buffets, plated meals, and more.

Dallas, TX

Upon entering Dahlia Bar & Bistro, it’s easy to assume the Instagram-worthy aesthetics are the restaurant’s main appeal. But the food and drinks are equally impressive, making this spot an absolute gem for business meals in Dallas. Just a mile from the Arts District, it’s a convenient location for a pleasant happy hour or even a private business event. Dalia can also bring its almost-too-pretty-to-eat spread to you with customizable catering options.

Dallas, TX

Looking for a unique venue for a business gathering or simply feeling fancy? Check out Felix Culpa, a glitzy upscale lounge and restaurant. The vibe is mid-century modern, and the menu is New American with European influence. Sharable tapas like charcuterie and chicken lollipops will bring your colleagues together, while over-the-top desserts like the “Marilyn” (cotton candy served with decadent sweets) are the icing on the cake. Felix Culpa is available for private parties and buyouts.

2 additional locations in Arizona

In July of this year, a North Carolina fire department received a $50,000 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, one year after these firefighters saved Firehouse CEO Don Fox’s life. It’s yet another example of Firehouse’s ties to first responders and the company’s dedication to giving back. When you choose Firehouse for your business dining needs — whether grabbing a bite to-go or catering to an office — you’re playing a role, too.

San Francisco, CA

International Smoke is the brainchild of Chef Michael Mina and celebrity entrepreneur, TV host, and best-selling author Ayesha Curry, so you know it’s a client-worthy business dining destination. It serves sophisticated vibes, and the menu is inspired by cuisine from around the world — from American backyard barbecues to Jamaican-braised oxtail. Whether you’re catering, planning a private dining event, or popping in for a happy hour, International Smoke is sure to satisfy.

11 locations in CA, HI, TX

Authentic, handmade Udon noodles? Yes, please! Marugame Udon prepares theirs in a “theater kitchen” so you can watch your food being made — and it’s always served piping-hot and delicious. There are several vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, as well as several types of cold teas (we see you, bubble tea lovers). We checked, and noodle slurping is totally acceptable — encouraged, in fact — even during business meals!

Dallas, TX

In the heart of Downtown Dallas, within the Hall Arts District, you’ll find the ultimate sushi experience: Musume. Here, you can not only dine on authentic sushi and contemporary Asian cuisine. Musume boasts the largest sake collection in North America and the widest selection of Japanese whisky in DFW. Private business dining is available for 15 to 50 people. After dinner, ask for directions to the hidden speakeasy, Akai, also in Dinova’s network.

San Francisco, CA

Looking to entertain your business dining party with world-class Japanese cuisine? Look no further than PABU Izakaya, a premier sushi and robata destination in San Francisco’s Financial District. PABU flies in its fresh seafood daily from Japan’s famed Toyosu Market. Those who prefer non-sushi dishes will appreciate the signature selection of A5 Japanese Wagyu. Happy hour is Monday through Saturday, and PABU also offers a special private dining menu.

Dallas, TX

PM Lounge in Dallas’s Knox Park neighborhood redefines “work hard / play hard.” Offering an elevated cocktail experience in a trendy lounge setting, PM lends itself to swanky corporate soirees. There is an extensive list of spirits and wine on the menu, along with unique and classic cocktails. Need furniture, technology, music, or staffing for your private event? No worries. PM’s team will work with you to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch.

Dallas, TX

The vibe in Punk Society is anything but corporate, which makes it perfect for many business parties. As the name suggests, its design is inspired by the retro era of Punk music. Then there’s the bottle service menu, offering an array of fine champagnes as well as all your favorite spirits. In the words of Green Day: “It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right.” We bet you’ll have the time of your life.

Sarasota, FL

Need a vacation? Here’s one that doesn’t even require you to set your out-of-office. A visit to Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse in Sarasota is a breath of fresh air (literally). With an open-air, tiki bar-themed environment, Stottlemyer’s is reminiscent of old-world Florida in the best way. Its delicious menu includes barbecue, award-winning fried chicken, and tacos. There’s live music most nights, making it an extra-special spot for happy hour.

2 locations in TX

This isn’t just bartending or even mixology: it’s alchemy. What’s the difference? The Tipsy Alchemist’s sole purpose is to “blow your mind with elevated cocktails through science, art, and technique.” The fun, unique presentation of the drinks will make you feel like royalty. Meanwhile, an elegant lounge atmosphere, lively crowd, and live music make it the perfect place to enjoy pre or post-dinner cocktails with your favorite clients or colleagues.

Dallas, TX

And now for something completely different: a prohibition-style lounge hidden behind a secret passageway in a candy shop. Tell the staff the password, and you and your colleagues will be transported to a whimsical world that even Willy Wonka would envy. If you’re looking for a truly memorable experience in Dallas, stop by Truth & Alibi for a craft cocktail or a bottle of bubbly to celebrate a job well done. Private parties are available, too!

The restaurants here are just the newest partners to join the Dinova preferred business dining network. Wherever you are, and wherever you’re headed, we’ve got restaurant partners ready for your business! Use the Dinova desktop search tool or our free mobile app to search through all in-network options. Happy dining!