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Lakewood Theater Will Get a New Life in February 2015

The Lakewood Theater is going to get a new tenant, or tenants, according to H. Craig Kinney of Kinney Property Co. Kinney has hired an architect and talked to a number of restaurateurs and businesses in his quest to do what is best for the space. “The tower and the exterior are sacrosanct to us,” Kinney says. “The whole outside is iconic and valuable asset to the city.” Before you throw stones, hear him out. Kinney isn’t even close to deciding how the space is going to play out. “We have one [business] that wants to have the whole space and keep it a theater, “Kinney says. “We have other options that may involve carving up the space. We just don’t know yet.”

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First Take: Clark Food & Wine Co.

If you frequent Lower Greenville, then you’ve surely noticed the sign for Clark Food & Wine Co. by now. East Dallasites have been buzzing about the restaurant and bar for weeks. “What’s the word on Clark Food & Wine?” a friend emailed me a couple of weeks ago, “Do you know anything about it?” another asked last week while discussing new eateries popping up in the neighborhood. The restaurant, which took over the space that once housed Billiard Bar, quietly opened a couple of weeks ago. Chef and owner, Randall Warder (previously of The Mansion) and wife Courtney, are behind the Texas-style tapas concept.

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Dallas Chop House Re-Opens With an Updated Menu

As you may recall, a fire engulfed the kitchen of Main Street’s Dallas Chop House this past August. While thankfully there were no serious injuries, the restaurant was forced to close its doors and undergo a remodel. “We wanted to keep the color scheme and the aesthetics the same,” Nafees Alam, co-founder and vice president of DRG Concepts, explains of the similar-looking dining room. The restaurant salvaged what they could, but for the most part, all of the furniture and kitchen equipment is new. Along with an updated interior, executive chef Chad Starling and DRG corporate chef AJ Joglekar have made a few changes to the menu.

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Jasper’s to Be First Restaurant at CityLine Mixed-Use Development

Chef Kent Rathbun is opening a fourth location of Jasper’s. The restaurant is scheduled to open in KDC’s 186-acre mixed use project in Richardson (at the corner of Plano Road and State Street).

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First Take: Henry’s Majestic

Henry’s Majestic, the anticipated new restaurant from the folks behind Bread Winners, opens this Tuesday. Rosanne “Roe” Dileo who has worked as a chef at The Libertine and at Boulevardier plays the role of General Manager (Dileo is also currently a contestant on the thirteenth season of Hell’s Kitchen). Adam Kovac, the executive chef for Bread Winners, Inc., is the man behind the restaurant’s rotating menu. And Alex Fletcher, previously of People’s Last Stand and Victor Tango’s, is hailing the beverage program. Henry’s Majestic is located off McKinney Avenue in the space that once housed ACME F&B/ACME Social Club, and while a few ornamental adjustments have been made, the layout and fundamental design elements are the same.

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Owner of Palapas Seafood Bar to Open G-bar-O Farm & Ranch Market Grill

Tim Goza has been a busy man. Goza, a native of Dallas, spent 20 years in the technology business before he sold his company a couple of years ago. He bought some land in the Hill Country and tried retirement, but he got restless. “You can only play so much golf,” Goza says. He put down his clubs and opened Palapas Seafood Bar on Greenville just south of Ross Avenue. Today he announces plans for a new restaurant next door to Palapas.

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Righteous Foods Opens in Fort Worth

Righteous Foods, a new health food concept by chef Lanny Lancarte, opens in Fort Worth on Tuesday, October 21. Lancarte closed his Mexican-Mediterranean food restaurant, Alta Cocina Mexicana, earlier in the year. The space, which has been renovated, is now home to Righteous Foods. The menu offers health-conscious selections like organic kale salad with cashew dressing, carrot and sweet potato ravioli in ginger broth and Acapulco-style ceviche with flaxseed lavash.

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Snap Kitchen is Open in Preston Royal Village

Health food restaurant, Snap Kitchen, opens today in Preston Royal Village. Other Dallas locations include Uptown at McKinney Avenue and Snider Plaza (Addison and Fitzhugh locations are scheduled to open soon). The Austin-based eatery offers to-go meals, snacks and cold-pressed juices. The menu boasts a large variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options and includes a bison breakfast bowl, made from maple-apple bison sausage, scrambled eggs and spinach; brown rice spaghetti and turkey bolognese and almond crusted salmon with roasted carrots and zucchini.

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Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar to Open in Addison

Southern California-based restaurant, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, is scheduled to open its first Texas location. The Lazy Dog brand was founded in 2003, and currently has fifteen locations across California. The menu is expansive, and offers everything from bacon-wrapped coulotte steak to your run-of-the-mill hamburger.

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Pour Judgment: Parliament Serves Up Theatrics With Its Cocktails

It’s half past seven on Friday night. Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, who is adorned in his usual attire — a button down baby blue shirt, vest, tie and fedora — is hunched over a block of ice on the patio of his newly-opened bar, with a chainsaw in his hand. The well-known Dallas cocktail slinger, and now bar owner, has a knack for theatrics. Over the course of my time spent at Parliament, I watched bartenders chip away at ice with metal picks, ignite orange twists with blow torches (a common practice when making old fashioneds) and saw through enormous blocks of ice.

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Five New Restaurants Slide into the Dallas Farmers Market

Five anchor restaurants will soon set up shop at the Dallas Farmers Market. Rex’s Seafood Market, Stocks & Bondy, Palmieri Cafe, Nammi/Coolhaus and a restaurant concept from Firebird Restaurant Group (El Fenix, Meso Maya, Snuffer’s) are scheduled to move into The Market (previously Shed 2), after it opens in spring 2015.

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First Take: Front Room Tavern at Hotel Lumen

Front Room Tavern (previously The Front Room) has undergone a complete makeover. There’s a new chef, updated menu and recently refurbished interior. I was invited to dine at the restaurant over the weekend — I’d attended the grand opening of The Front Room back in 2012 — so, naturally I was curious to see the changes. The first thing I noticed after swinging open the gigantic glass door was the aroma of coffee. It practically smacked me in the face — in the most delightful way. Turns out, there’s now a coffee bar at Hotel Lumen, which uses freshly roasted beans from Drip Coffee Company. The bar serves up typical beverages like espresso, macchiatos and cappuccinos, as well as pastries. Pastry Chef, Alison Morse makes everything in-house, offering an assortment of muffins, bagels, biscuits and other carb-laden treats. The pastry case hasn’t been installed yet, but I was told that it should be ready sometime this week.

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