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Nancy Nichols Steps Down as D Magazine’s Lead Dining Critic

I was going to avoid writing this post until the March issue of D Magazine goes online, on March 2. That way it would be easier to explain the reasoning behind my decision to change my life and my job. But then the mail went out, and, after subscribers received their magazines and read my story, I received some supportive emails and texts.

Before the rumor mill mangles the truth, I will give you the short version.

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Tom Spicer Sells His Crops From New Digs Next to Garden Cafe

There are gardeners and there are those who truly understand agriculture. Tom Spicer has been an agricultural force in this area for over 30 years. Most people know him as that wacky guy tending the garden behind the shoddy building on Fitzhugh next to Urbano and Jimmy’s. After losing his space on Fitzhugh, he’s selling out of the Garden Cafe.

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SideDish Traffic: The Greatest Hits of 2014

Ever wonder which SideDish posts attract the most traffic? The answer is just a click away.

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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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My Five Cents: Food Criticism, F-Bombs, and Firing the Messenger

When John Tesar attacked Leslie Brenner in a public forum, he started a fire that still burns. For many of us who work in the restaurant business — I include food journalists, critics, and bloggers in this lot — the last week has been tumultuous. I’m going to try and make some sense out of it.

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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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Why Can’t Apheleia Restaurant Group Keep an Executive Chef?

Apheleia Restaurant Group (Oak, Belly & Trumpet, Pakpao) seems to be having trouble hanging on to front-of-the house staff and chefs. Let’s take a look at the turnover they’ve had in such a short time.

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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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DRG to Open Oven and Cellar Downtown. Chef Kelly Hightower Rejoins Company

Mike Hoque, CEO of DRG Concepts, is on fire. Chop House Burger just opened a second location Euless and others are planned for Fort Worth and Southlake. A second Wild Salsa will debut in Fort Worth in January 2015. If that is not enough, DRG is jumping into the Italian food business.

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Bolsa Mercado to Change From Grocery Store to Grocerant

Bolsa Mercado is growing from a grocery store to a grocerant.Now customers can sip a glass of wine or drink a beer while shopping or dining in the market. The new designation also allows the space to host private parties and chef dinners. Will you miss your dinners for two?

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Restaurant News: Tristan Simon and Tim Headington Splitsville?

I can hear the ground rumbling under the Hotel Joule. Word from the underground says Tristan Simon and Tim Headington are breaking up and dividing the assets. Simon will take Hibiscus and Fireside Pies. Headington will take the rest. Press release could come any minute or I could have egg on my face and apologies to make by nightfall.

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Catching Up With La Reve Consultants in Dallas: Three Sheets Uptown, Villa-O, Sfuzzi, and Beyond

Three Sheets is opening a second location in Uptown. Villa-O has been sold. Will Sfuzzi rise again? It’s a busy time for La Reve Consulting in Dallas.

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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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