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A Sneak Peek at El Bolero in the Dallas Design District

El Bolero is just days away from opening. The gourmet Mexican restaurant from Oak and Pakpao owners, Tiffanee and Richard Ellman, has been under construction for months. Finishing touches are being added (you know, like margaritas machines, lightbulbs and patio furniture) before the doors swing open, which I’m told will be mid next week.

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Yucatan Taco Stand is Now Open on Lower Greenville

Yucatan had been quite hush-hush about its open date before a picture showed up on the social media site of diners enjoying chips and burrito bowls on the restaurant’s patio. No PR to fluff it up. No hint of a time frame at the construction site, other than a large “Coming Soon!” sign posted along the sidewalk for months. No response to the email I sent on Tuesday — not kidding — requesting an open date. (Full disclosure: Yucatan was my go-to spot for tacos and margaritas when I attended TCU, so I have been severely anticipating the Dallas opening. Calling its sudden opening a “pleasant surprise” would be an understatement.)

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A Look at Kessler Park Eating House in North Oak Cliff

Jonathon Erdeljac had his eye on the rundown space (previously Mamma Connie’s Diner) at 1619 N Beckley Ave for years. “I would drive by every day on my way to Jonathon’s and be like ‘I want that building,'” he explains to me Friday evening. We’re sitting in the side dining room of his newly-opened homestyle restaurant Kessler Park Eating House. It’s 5 p.m., just an hour after officially opening for business.

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A Look at DISH Preston Hollow

The second installation of DISH from Tim McEneny of NL Group (DISH Cedar Springs, Front Room Tavern, Dakota’s) opened late last month at the corner of Hillcrest and Northwest Highway. Chef Andrew Bell, previously of Bolsa and most recently Bistro 31, has been appointed executive chef at the Preston Hollow location, and he’s shaking things up.

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A Look at C’Viche, the New Ceviche Restaurant on Lower Greenville

In 1997 Randall Warder opened a ceviche and tequila bar at Las Ventanas al Paraíso resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. “We had this small space by the spa, it was originally designed to be a juice bar,” Warder explained. They weren’t making a profit off juice, though, so he pitched turning the space into a tequila, salsa, and seafood bar. It was a success.

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A Look at Quesa on Cedar Springs

First things first, Quesa is not a Tex-Mex restaurant. “Our food has nothing to do with Tex-Mex,” owner Patricia Cabrera explained to me, “In Mexico, if you order a taco, they don’t give you rice and beans with it,” and the same rule applies to the tacos that are served at the new Cedar Springs restaurant.

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