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News Update: Restaurant Closings, Chocolate, and a ‘Yacht Christening.’

1. Well, if you haven’t caught wind of this morning’s news already, Belly & Trumpet has closed. According to Teresa Gubbins at CultureMap, Saturday was the last dinner service. Chef Brian Zenner will focus on Oak, and it’s possible that owners Tiffanee and Richard Ellman might reconcept the location. We named it one of the 10 Best New Restaurants last year, and we are sad to see it go.

2. Remember when Fedora caught fire in May? It was supposed to reopen, but it didn’t. Sarah Blaskovich reported that it has been confirmed by a spokesperson that it is permanently closed.

Photo via TJ's Facebook page.
Photo via TJ’s Facebook page.

3. TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market is having a ‘Yacht Christening’ event tonight, September 3, for their new space at 6025 Royal Lane. Join in the grand opening festivities, eat some seafood, and see the ceremonial champagne bottle broken over the ‘bough.’

Reminder: On September 13, the Dallas Chocolate Festival returns with more than 30 vendors, food trucks, a full day of classes on the 14th, and tons of samples! (They had me at ‘samples.’) You don’t want to miss this! Click here for more details, and go to Eventbrite for tickets.