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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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CBD Provisions Salutes German Heritage with Weisswurst

German heritage remains strong in the state of Texas. And as a nod to said German ancestry, in addition to the subsequent blending of German and Texan cultures, Executive Chef Michael Sindoni of CBD Provisions fashioned the perfect jause consisting of a house-made pork Weisswurst, an authentic Bavarian mustard and traditional bite-sized pretzels. Such an effort would not be complete without bier, in this case a local Texan Saison.

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Dallas Veteran Chef Kelly Hightower named Executive Chef at OSO Food & Wine

Two Dallas restaurant veterans, Michael Cox and Kelly Hightower, are joining forces to open OSO Food & Wine in the space formerly occupied by Prego Italian Express in Preston Forest Shopping Center.

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Changes at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek: The Restaurant GM Resigns; Staff Concerned About Quality of Service

An anonymous email from the Restaurant Staff at the Mansion details a sad state of affairs in the once luxurious dining room. Days later, Ryan Harvey, the general manager for the restaurant at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, announces he has accepted a position at the Tower Club. Strange coincidence? Sounds that way, but the staff reports some startling changes.

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Deal for New Herrera’s Location on Maple Avenue Falls Through

Oh, holy horrors. Herrera’s Cafe has backed out of a deal for a new location on Maple Avenue. They can’t afford to stay. Crow Holdings? Are you listening? We don’t like this.

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Cafe Momentum Announces Downtown Location of First Full-Service Restaurant

For the past year or so, whenever I’ve run into the talented and big-hearted Chad Houser, I’ve asked where he’s going to put Cafe Momentum’s first full-service restaurant. He’d talked about downtown, but I tried to never get too excited. As a downtown resident with a love for Cafe Momentum, that sounded too good to be true. Tonight, at the organization’s pop-up at Spoon, Houser made it official: the restaurant will be at 1510 Pacific Avenue. And it’ll open in December.

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