Former nightclub homeowners Rickey Booker and Jonathan Biley-Smith opened the primary Breakfast Brothers location final January, and whereas their flagship has solely been open for just a little greater than a 12 months, it’s already turn into a favourite amongst Arlington residents, in addition to artists and athletes coming into city. Breakfast Brothers’ clientele contains Arlington Mayor Jim Ross, Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs and the Ying Yang Twins.
Booker and Briley-Smith first launched Breakfast Brothers out of a black trailer exterior of their golf equipment, together with former Bishop Arts hotspot The Pink Lounge.
“That trailer was a big staple to each one of the nightclubs we had, because we didn’t have a kitchen,” Booker says. “Some individuals would line up at that trailer ‘til 2 or 3 in the morning.”
When COVID struck, the two began looking into other opportunities. They launched a food truck at the beginning of the pandemic, which immediately became popular. It was then Booker knew Breakfast Brothers would be successful as a brick-and-mortar.
Booker studied popular Dallas breakfast joints, including Yolk and First Watch.
“All those places, I noticed they closed around 2 [in the afternoon,]” Booker says. “Me, I like breakfast in the evenings, more or less than in the daytime. Also, you might have a couple of early meetings, when you can’t get breakfast till midday or 1 o’clock. By the time you get able to go to a few of these locations, they’re already closed.”
So, Breakfast Brothers serves a full menu all day. Some gadgets embrace their spiced up spin on classics, together with their hen and waffles, made with fluffy Belgian waffle, strawberries topped with caramel and powdered sugar and served with fried hen wings or boneless hen breast ($13). Go for the fried hen wings. Flavored with Breakfast Brothers secret signature season, these wings set their hen and waffles aside.
The salmon and grits, additionally flavored with the signature seasoning, is grilled to a savory perfection ($20) and it comes with a small serving of creamy, buttery grits.
Signature gadgets embrace the grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich ($7) and the crimson velvet waffle, a plate much like the hen and waffles however with a crimson velvet waffle ($13). Mimosas are available quite a lot of flavors, amongst them orange, cranberry, mango, pineapple and strawberry ($4 every).
For those that don’t want breakfast for dinner, Breakfast Brothers additionally has wing baskets ($12-$17), cheeseburgers ($12) and po’ boy sandwiches ($12-$15).
“Sometimes people don’t want breakfast food in the morning,” Booker says. “They want a cheeseburger or they want a dinner item in the morning, but they’ve gotta wait ‘till 11 o’clock for some steakhouse to open up. So I said, ‘I’m gonna just offer a breakfast, lunch and dinner all day.’”
The restaurant is designed to duplicate a classic automotive, with leather-based seats all through. Hip-hop and R&B play all through the area, permitting the restaurant to take care of an upbeat vibe.
Booker says this new location at The Shops at Red Bird is about to open in May and could have the identical aesthetic, however might be double the dimensions. The Shops at Red Bird, which celebrated its groundbreaking for redevelopment in 2019, has served as a predominately Black purchasing heart and neighborhood in Dallas for many years.
“Black businesses need to be in a lot more areas, in addition to predominantly Black areas,” Booker says. “… You may have a Southern breakfast at Cracker Barrel, but you can come to Breakfast Brothers and have an authentic, cultured Southern breakfast. We’ve got higher flavor and seasoned ingredients, which have a little bit more of an aftertaste. I just want people to come experience that difference in Southern taste.”
Opening a brand new spot amid industrywide staffing struggles after two years of a pandemic could seem daunting, however Booker says the important thing to combating the restaurant employee scarcity and sustaining good general morale is easy: pay workers a residing wage.
“If you can afford it as a restaurant owner and as a business owner, in the days we’re in now, just pay them,” Booker says. “They’re structuring the experience and helping you to keep develop this vision. When I start paying individuals what they asked for, I started keeping employees and I started gaining more employees. It makes sense.”
Breakfast Brothers 130 E. Bardin Road, Arlington and 3704 W. Camp Wisdom Road #120 (Opening in May). Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. day by day.