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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Jack Perkins Needs a Nickname

Jack Perkins of Maple& Motor and The Slow Bone needs a nickname. He is a unique individual and he needs a nickname that represents his idiosyncrasies.

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Bowen’s Café Expresso is Now Peak Restaurant in Dallas

There has been another change in the space formerly known as Café Expresso. Original owner Dieter Paul, perhaps one of the most charming restaurateurs ever in Dallas, relinquished ownership of Café Express in early 2012. The name changed to Bowen’s Café Expresso and Paul showed up from time to time to cook and greet his […]

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I Am Still Sick of the Word: Foodie

Teresa “Gubbshoe” Gubbins posted a funny item yesterday: 12 signs of the new Dallas foodie revolution. Gubbshoe claims “ Dallas has two kinds of foodies”—old and new–and follows her thesis with a list that distinguishes them. Funny stuff. Except for one thing: her use of the term foodie. Wait, make that two: if one is old, they can’t […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: The Truck Yard Adds Coolness to Greenville Avenue

It’s happening, witches.* However you pipe the pony, there’s good news for all of you. The Truck Yard is now open and it’s so cool that people visiting Austin will start saying, “This feels like Dallas.” Lower Greenville is blossoming like a case of the chilly-willies after a moonlight mushroom dance with Edgar Cayce. Great restaurants […]

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Najat Kaanache Partners with Yaser Khalaf. Souk at Trinity Groves is Their First Project

Former Private Socal (PS) chef Najat Kaanache has joined forces with Yaser Khalaf, owner of Baboush, Farnatchi, Ketchup, and former partner at Medina, to create Azurite Restaurant Concepts. For those of you who don’t watch Jeopardy!, azurite is a deep blue mineral common in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Kaanache, also known as The Pilgrim […]

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