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Other Austin imports include Chuy’s, Torchy’s, Whole Foods

Posted 7:08am on Thursday, Jul. 11, 2013

Alamo Drafthouse is just the latest in a conga line of Austin pop-culture exports coming to North Texas. Here are a few others you may recognize:

Chuy’s : What began in 1982 as a devotion to all things Tex-Mex (and Elvis) with a single Austin restaurant has grown into a chain with outlets in 10 states and six locations in North Texas. chuys.com

Eddie V’s : The premium seafood and steak restaurant, patterned after historic dining establishments in San Francisco and New York, does pretty well in Texas. There are now nine locations — in Austin, Houston, Florida, California and Arizona, and one each in Fort Worth and Dallas. eddiev.com

Finley’s Barber Shop : Many pseudo-retro hipster barber shops have opened in recent years, but one of the most locally notable is Finley’s, which was started in Austin by young entrepreneurs Scott Finley and Darren Peterson. They’ve now expanded to five locations, with two of those — Southlake and Plano — in North Texas. finleysformen.com

Hopdoddy Burger Bar: In an area filled with great burger joints, you wouldn’t think one more would attract much attention. But you’d be wrong. The first North Texas location of this “all-natural” Austin eatery often has lines out the door, like a dance club or a Despicable Me 2 screening. Chuck Smith and Larry Perdido launched Hopdoddy three years ago and have already expanded to Dallas and Scottsdale, Ariz. Its success was foreshadowed early. “We really started to see lines get crazy after SXSW,” Smith told Eater Austin in 2011. “And I even had to be a ‘burger bouncer’ to give the line some order.” hopdoddy.com

Torchy’s Tacos : Michael Rypka was once a high-end chef who ended up living out a more downscale dream. In 2006 he started Torchy’s in a trailer. He now has brick-and-mortar locations in Austin, Houston and North Texas, the latter being an area in which he’s especially interested. He told Texas Monthly last year, “We picked up, headed [to North Texas], and decided to see what would happen, and so far everything is going really great. We want to keep that up.” torchystacos.com

Uchi : This famed Austin Japanese restaurant, featuring celebrated sushi chef Tyson Cole, heads north with a spot in Uptown Dallas due to open in “late 2014/early 2015.” Many know of Uchi through Top Chef Texas winner Paul Qui, who was at the sister restaurant, Uchiko.

Whole Foods Market : The store that has come to define upscale and expensive grocery shopping (its nickname: “Whole Paycheck”) began in 1980 with an Austin location that had more of a hippie vibe. But the company soon began swallowing other health-food stores across the country, becoming a chain that today has several stores in North Texas and more than 300 locations across the globe. wholefoods.com

— Cary Darling

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