You never know when a new eatery will rescue a hard-luck spot (the Great Dane on Jupiter Drive and the Coopers Tavern on the Square, for instance). The short-lived Limon, at 317 N. Bassett (formerly home to the Copper Gable Café), has given way to JD's, a brick-and-mortar version of the well-known late-night food cart at State and Broom. Owner James Davis had been looking for a spot near the UW campus for some time, and in his eyes, this is a perfect site.
The large menu mounted on the wall features the cart's greatest hits, like the steak burger (termed "the best burger experience I've had since Minetta Tavern's $26 Black Label Burger in New York" by Isthmus food writer André Darlington), chicken sandwich, catfish, wings and Polish sausage. New items include corned beef and grilled cheese. Weekends, says Davis, the menu expands to include entrees like spaghetti, short ribs, pot roast, meat loaf and more "soul food." Hours are 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday- Wednesday and 10:30 a.m.-4 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. The late-night cart will also continue to serve.
A Dickey's Barbecue Pit will be opening in the next couple months in the East Towne area at 4833 Annamark Dr., near Texas Roadhouse. Dickey's, a chain with locations across the country and two more in Wisconsin (Eau Claire and Green Bay), hails originally from Dallas, Texas, where it was started by Travis Dickey in 1941. The Madison franchise is run by Steve Dibble and Clint and Nick Ziegler. Dickey's serves beef brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, Virginia ham, turkey and chicken breast, Polish sausage, and spicy cheddar sausage, as plates, sandwiches, and in stuffed baked potatoes; a few salads round out the menu.
T. Sushi, the new restaurant going in to the former location of Fontana sports, 301 W. Johnson St., will be opening sometime in February. The new pizza spot Naples 15 going in to the former Las Cazuelas at 15 N. Butler St., formerly slated for December, will probably be open in later February or March.