Dallas Restaurant Scam Alert: Don’t Pay an Unknown Dry Cleaning Bill

Two reputable and well-known Dallas restaurants have reported this scam to me. Here’s how one owner tells the tale: The restaurant is approached during a busy lunch or happy hour when the night shift is coming on. A person (in both cases it was a woman) enters and shows a dry cleaning receipt for about […]

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Somebody Help This Poor Restaurant: American Express iPhone Coupon

A frustrated restaurateur, who chooses to remain anonymous, asks fellow indie restaurants the following question: We had a guest present an iPhone coupon from FourSquare at our restaurant yesterday. The deal is “spend $5, get $5 off.” The problem is we never signed up for couponing or advertising or ANYTHING with this company. The guest was very upset when […]

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Graham Dodds is New Chef at Central 214 in Dallas

Former Bolsa chef Graham Dodds is the new executive chef at Central 214. He replaces Blythe Beck who left the fancy digs at the Hotel Palomar in late August. Dodds’ farm-to-table philosophy is a perfect fit for the direction management wants to steer the hotel’s restaurant. (Hah!) After his departure from Bolsa in mid-September, Dodds […]

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XX Caesar Salad Competition at Westin Galleria Gets Rowdy

According to several attendees of Sunday’s XX Caesar Salad Competition, the charity event ended with a quite a bang. SideDish reporter Andrew Chalk was leaving the Westin Galleria tonight when he heard emcee Scott Murray yelling from the Senate floor stage. “At first I thought it was the live auction and somebody had just made […]

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Chef Richard Chamberlain Plans to Pop Up a Restaurant Called Element in Addison

Okay folks, I have a serious question. This pop-up restaurant stuff is getting out of hand. What is the difference between catering a two-night event and a pop-up restaurant? I suppose I should ask Richard Chamberlain. He is “opening” Element, a “two-night only pop-up restaurant” to celebrate the opening of Addison’s Vitruvian Park. It’s an […]

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Oak Cliff Restaurateurs Keep Secrets About New Restaurants

So, I’m avoiding real work and searching for the scoop on Sissy’s Fried Chicken on Henderson. We all know the general rules of posting CO permits:  The name on the permit in the former Hector on Henderson spot could be the real name of a home cooking or “place holder” for a gay bar. We […]

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Fire at Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse On Inwood Road in Dallas

From Sonny Bryan’s: Last night at approximately 11:00PM, a small fire broke out in two unattached storage sheds behind the main building at the original location of Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse on Inwood Road.The Dallas Fire Department was able to put out the fire before it spread, but the two side doors to the restaurant were […]

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New Code Compliance for Lowest Greenville Ave. Starts Tonight

Last night Avi S. Adelman, the Cesar Millan of Barking Dogs, walked the streets at midnight with Dallas Code Compliance officers as they “educated” business owners on new regulations that start tonight. Basically bars and restaurants must to have a late-night permit to be open after midnight. If they don’t, they get a ticket and […]

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Fasten Your Seatbelts; Brownstone Exec Chef Casey Thompson Has Teamed Up with Sam’s Club

In the most out-of-left-field news of the morning, it seems that Top Chef contender, former Shinsei execu-chef, and current execu-chef at Brownstone,  Casey Thomspon (Brownstone), has actually joined forces with Sam’s Club to (as the press release says) “provide restaurant-quality, simply delicious mealtime solutions.” I could rewrite the release for you here, but it reads […]

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Toddlers and Toques: Should Fine Dining Restaurants in Dallas Ban Children?

Lots of chinwagging taking place in the webosphere. Fine dining restaurants, such as this place in Pennsylvania, are banning children under six years of age. I tend to dine early and have witnessed children who squeal and squirm while their parents sip wine and attempt to enjoy a fine meal. I believe it is a […]

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Hector’s on Henderson is Closing

A loyal Disher sends this sad news: I’m a regular reader of the Side Dish blog, and I wanted to let you know that I got word today that Hector’s on Henderson is closed. My wife’s birthday is next weekend, and we had a party scheduled for approximately 18 people, but I got a call from […]

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John Tesar Closes The Table at One Arts Plaza in Dallas

John Tesar has decided to close The Table, the 12-seat tasting room inside The Commissary.The Table will close on August 1 but is scheduled to reopen around September 15 with a new concept. The press release says Tesar will retool The Table menu and  “spend the necessary time focusing on The Commissary and getting the […]

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