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Leslie Brenner Steps Out From Behind the Curtain and Reveals Her Face

There’s no more guesswork. Leslie Brenner has ditched her avatar and has put her face out for everyone to see. The reason? She hopes to broaden Dallas’ dining discussion. Her rabid defense of the importance of anonymity has disappeared and she will now be out on the town talking up the dining scene. Good for her. She looks less snooty than her former avatar.

[Editor's note: for a time, this post included Brenner's photo divorced from its context. I'd argue that's still fair use (commenting on a news story). I replaced that image with a screen shot of the DMN story to make that fair use even clearer, though.]

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Tristan Simon Sells His Stake in Consilient Hospitality to Tim Headington, Resigns From the Restaurant Business

Tristan Simon has sold his stake in Consilient Restaurants to his partner Dallas oil tycoon Tim Headington. Simon has also resigned as CEO of Consilient and has no plans to remain in the restaurant business.

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Snarky Dallas and Fort Worth Food News Briefs

Welcome to Snarky Dallas and Fort Worth Food News Briefs. Lots of news with an attitude.

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Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum Opens the Doors to Host the Mother of All Media Dinners

Last night, Diane and Justin Fourton welcomed members of the local media and a few friends to the new Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum. They won’t open to the public….., but we took notes and pictures and would like to share them with you.

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Jonn Baudoin is Working on a New Trinity Grove Concept, Sugar Skull Cafe

When Jonn Baudoin and Omar Flores decided to open a little seafood restaurant in Oak Cliff, their partnership, as Todd Johnson describes it, went “swimmingly.” In 2012, Driftwood became an instant hit. And it’s been one of the best restaurants in Dallas ever since.

Now Baudoin has decided to sell his portion of Driftwood’s ownership to co-partner Sal Jafar II.

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Diego Sanchez Blames UFC 171 Loss on Food Poisoning from SER Steakhouse

Mixed martial artist Diego Sanchez, 32, apparently suffered from a case of raw quail egg at SER before he competed at the Ultimate Fighting Championship 171 on March 15. The competition took place inside the American Airlines Center, and Sanchez blames his loss to Myles Jury on his dinner at the Hilton Anatole’s top-floor steakhouse, which is run by chef Anthony Van Camp. The MMA pro took to Twitter to complain very loudly about his unfortunate food poisoning case, even posting the entire menu to prove his point.

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Saturday Fire at Sylvan Thirty Destroys Teiichi Sakurai’s Ramen Shop

On Saturday afternoon, firefighters got a call out to West Dallas’ mixed-use development site, Sylvan Thirty. A construction welding accident led to a fire that destroyed one building in the 1800 block of Sylvan Avenue.

According to Sylvan Thirty’s spokesperson, Cooper Koch Smith, that building was the future site of Sync Yoga and Teiichi Sakurai’s ramen shop, Ten. Late last year, Sakurai told us he was planning to open his old-school ramen shop in May. The opening day will be delayed now. Luckily, construction inside Sakurai’s noodle-dedicated restaurant hadn’t started yet, prior to the fire.

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SideDish By The Numbers: The Greatest Hits of 2013

Here are the most-popular posts on SideDish in 2013. It’s a surprising list.

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Caprock Services Signs Binding Letter Of Intent To Sell Spoon Bar & Kitchen in Dallas

CapRock Services, a Dallas-based financial services company which provides working capital and business solutions to hospitality clients across the United States, has signed a binding Letter of Intent to sell Spoon Bar and Kitchen in Dallas, Texas, to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.

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Graham Dodds to Leave Central 214 to Join Consilient Restaurants

I was fact checking some recipes for D: The Cookbook and chatting with Central 214 chef Graham Dodds. After finalizing the details of his cabrito recipe, Dodds said, ever so casually, “I just gave my two weeks notice.” Dodds, who is credited with being one of the first chefs to spotlight local products, is signing […]

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Monkey King Noodle Co. is Bringing Asian Street Food to Deep Ellum

While we’ve all been eagerly awaiting the birth of Dallas’ first dedicated ramen shop, Tanoshii, something equally juicy has been brewing in Deep Ellum. Three friends—Andrew Chen, Michelle Midyette, and Michael Wang—have stripped the old Santiago’s Taco Loco shop (3014 Main Street) of all its bright orange paint to modernize the standalone building. In a […]

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Pecan Lodge Institutes New Policies to Reduce Epic Long Lines

You’ve waited, I’ve waited, we’ve all waited a good two hours for Pecan Lodge’s fatty brisket and sweet potato Hot Mess. It’s always worth it, so we complain under our breaths and suck it up, anyway. But now, SideDishers, YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE. That’s right. You don’t have to skip church on Sunday […]

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Mesa to Open Second Location in Southlake

Mesa Veracruz Coastal Cuisine, the tiny little restaurant in Oak Cliff that has struggled for life, is opening a second location in Southlake. According to Jaret Reyes, daughter of co-owners Raul and Olga Reyes, the restaurant will go into the space formally known as Buffalo Cantina (2801 E Southlake Blvd).  “We are keeping the same menu […]

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Food News and No Booze (7/16/13)

Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com Apparently, the Lewisville City Council doesn’t think body paint counts as a “suitable cover-up at Redneck Heaven.” The waitresses at this restaurant apparently wear “anything but clothes” on occasional ABC days, which has caused some outrage in the neighborhood. According to myfoxdfw.com, Lewisville City Council voted unanimously to change the ordinance, […]

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Oak Announces New Executive Chef, Richard Gras

Due to personal health reasons, Jason Maddy had to leave Oak in late May. Two weeks ago, owner Tiffanee Ellman told me they were looking all over the place for a worthy replacement. “We’ve been searching like crazy, high and low, nationwide for quite some time,” she said. “Everyone was knocking on our door. We […]

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Judy Dunston Kissel is Forced Out of Partnership at Dunston’s on Lovers Lane in Dallas

I wasn’t going to post anything on this news until I sat down with Judy Dunston Kissel tomorrow, but I’ve received several emails from readers who are hearing different reports. All I can tell you at this point is that Judy, who has been working at Dunston’s Prime Steakhouse Lovers Lane for 40 years,  and her […]

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Shortage of Speculoos Cookie Butter at Trader Joe’s

Oh. My. God. Teresa “Gubbshoe” Gubbins has uncovered the startling news. I will not steal her thunder because her story is deliciously funny. I supposed hoarders are selling on eBay.    

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Chef Najat Kaanache is Staying at Private Social

Feisty executive chef Najat Kaanache is digging in her heels and staying in the kitchen of Private Social. Kaanache is in the process of putting together a new Awesome Texas Food menu which she will debut next week. I reached Kaanache this morning and we chatted about some of her ideas. This gal, who writes […]

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