Veteran Dallas restaurateur Robert (Trece, Villa-O, Sfuzzi) Columbo has inked a deal to buy Primo’s, the popular Tex-Mex spot on McKinney Avenue. Columbo didn’t have too many details other than he plans to keep the restaurant the same but “after 25 years, the place could use some freshening up.” Former owners Phil Lacerte and Frank Linero remain as partners. More coming in the next few days.
Dinner will run from 4PM to 11Pm followed by a late-night menu from 11pm-2 am. RedFork is not just a restaurant, the powers that be want you to know it is a “bar with amazing cocktails by Brian McCullough, and a cool patio. You can order dinner on patio and at bar. Brunch will be served on Saturdays and Sundays from 11-2pm starting next weekend.
The culinary team includes executive chef Jeff Harris, best known for his excellent work in the kitchen at Craft Dallas. Matt Balke, former sous chef at York Street will be by Harris’ side. In the bar, is Brian McCullough, a seasoned veteran who started his bar at the 8.0 in The Quadrangle back in the late 90′s. His resume also includes stints at Jeroboam, Republic, The Belmont Hotel, and Smoke. The crew will be generally managed by Eddy Metten, a pro with over 25 years in the business. The food? Brunch menu, Redfork dinner menu, late-night menu, and specialty cocktail menu.
There are always great opportunities to taste throughout the city. Here are a few that sounded particularly fun over the next few weeks, and some help for Dad if you are still looking for the perfect gift.
Dad’s Day is Sunday, if you haven’t figured out your plans yet, it is time. If your plan involves cooking for Dad then pick up a few special bottles of wine for him this weekend at the Sigel’s big Dad’s Day California Cabernet wine sale. They have dusted off some older vintages from their cellar to ensure that Dad has a good bottle on his day. A few stand outs include a 2004 Colgin Cariad 99 point for $399; a 1997 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet 98 point for $99.99; 2003 Araujo Eisele 98 point for $224.99; and a 1995 Harlan Estate Red 99 point for $499.99. Options will vary at different locations. Continue reading "Upcoming Opportunities to Taste"
Yes, you heard me right. Blue tongues for everyone! Here’s what we know, straight from the HORSE’s mouth:
To commemorate the Dallas Mavericks championship win over the Miami Heat, 7-Eleven is giving fans a taste of victory in a Slurpee cup. The free small Maverick Blue Slurpee will be available at select downtown 7-Eleven stores during the Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade. With temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees on parade day, fans will likely appreciate the free opportunity to beat the heat. While in the store, fans are encouraged to check in on Foursquare for a chance to win prizes.
7-Eleven, headquartered in Dallas, wants to celebrate with the city as we “parade” our championship through the streets of downtown. Also, fans that come to the stores for their free small Slurpee can check in on Foursquare to win prizes ranging from movie tickets to a trip to space. The trip to space drawing will be conducted, and a winner announced, on July 5, 2011.
When: Thursday, June 16 starting at 9 a.m.
Where: Downtown Dallas 7-Eleven store locations along parade route at:
· Commerce and Darrien (2008 Commerce St.)
· Elm and Market (711 Elm St.)
· Commerce and Field (1295 Commerce St.)
· Patterson and Akard (511 N. Akard St.)
· Elm and N. Good Latimer (2608 Elm St.)
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First-time contributor Julissa Treviño sends this report from her Rahr Brewery Tour:
“It’s really refreshing to see what’s going on in Texas,” said Fritz Rahr, owner of Rahr & Sons Brewery in Fort Worth, of the recent craft beer boom in the state.
On Saturday afternoon, the Rahr brewery in the Near Southside neighborhood was packed with a few hundred sweaty beer lovers. Temps hit the high 90s, and the brewery has no air conditioning. Luckily, the open backdoor let in a breeze. Four long, wooden picnic tables stretch across the warehouse, but many of the visitors here have brought their own lawn chairs.
Jump for more brewery tour highlights… Continue reading "Brews News—Report From the Field: Rahr Brewery Tour"3 Comments »
A loyal Disher just cruised down Custer Road in Plano and reports Ziyaafat Mughal Cuisine is open for business. The menu is an intriguing mixture of Persian/Indian specialties “influenced by the Imperial kitchens of the Mughal Empire. It looks delicious and is 100 percent Zabihah Halal.2 Comments »
The wineries in Santa Barbara County may not be as publicized as some of their friends up the road in Napa or Sonoma, though Sideways did help make towns like Solvang a destination instead of just a stop over.
Santa Barbra County wineries are producing stellar, high quality wine from local vineyards with a focus on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Rhone varietals, especially smoky, spicy Syrah. Still a young region, it is not uncommon to see vineyards bookended by large cattle ranches instead of just seeing a spread of vineyard after vineyard, and the laid back attitude of Southern California permeates the air throughout the County. The oldest winery established in the area was aptly named Santa Barbara Winery located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, but some of the real stars of the region are coming out of the Santa Ynez Valley. I visited a handful recently that left me wanting more and anticipating my next trip to the region.1 Comment »
Naturally, one of us had to go sample the wares at Lakewood on Tap and the Lakewood Whole Foods. So, like the newshound he is, Tim headed down yesterday after work, empty growler in hand, stars in his eyes. What follows is the exchange between him an Whole Foods this morning:
Tim to Whole Foods: “I was all excited last night about swinging by the Lakewood store with my growler and getting it filled up, until I realized I got screwed. I paid $14 (w tax) to fill my own growler (64 oz) with Dog Fish 60 Minute. That’s roughly 22 cents per ounce. Now then. A six-pack of the same beer costs $11.89 (w tax) and delivers 72 ounces. That’s roughly 18 cents per ounce. What the heck is going on here? Suddenly I’m not so thrilled about your new growler program. Am I missing something?”
jump to find out if Tim is, indeed, missing something… Continue reading "Brews News Update: We’re Not Saying Lakewood On Tap is a Big Rip, But…"20 Comments »
I’m sure there are many local restaurants and bars throwing victory parties at their establishments. If you are a bar or restaurant throwing a party, feel free to post the particulars below.5 Comments »
Check out the video below. Kroger and New York’s Murray’s Cheese have partnered to put a Murray’s Cheese Shop in Dallas area Kroger stores. The first store opened in Irving on May 25, the Fort Worth location opens July 6, and Murray’s shop in the Kroger on Mockingbird at Greenville debuts today. If the model proves popular, the cheese-store-within-a-store concept will be rolled out to other Kroger stores. I stopped in yesterday for a media tour and spoke to folks from Murray’s and Kroger.