Rumors Behind the Restaurant News: Ocho to be Another Location of Mi Piaci

Meet Marvin. He is my undercover snitch. Marvin knows a lot about the Dallas restaurant business. He’s socially awkward and therefore people feel comfortable feeding him information. They trust him with their secrets. Marvin has two qualities I love: he has a big mouth and my phone number. Marvin, who resembles a Black-footed Albatross, called […]

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Trinity Groves Restaurant Opening Rumor #432

Apparently the phones are ringing off the hook over at Trinity Groves, the 13-acre restaurant-retail-artist-and-entertainment development at the base of the west end of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge developed by Phil Romano, Stuart Fitts, and Larry “Butch” McGregor. If half of the rumors I’m hearing are true, they won’t have any trouble with occupancy. […]

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Let’s Put a Washburne, I Mean a Mi Cocina, in the White House!

The M Crowd has announced an agreement with The Chevy Chase Land Company to open a Mi Cocina restaurant at The Collection at Chevy Chase, a luxury shopping destination located just ten minutes from downtown Washington, D.C. I’m sure former President George W. Bush wonders why his good buddy Ray Washburne, founder and part owner […]

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Suddenly Silent: John Tesar Has Disappeared From Dallas

I’ve cruised past the construction site of John Tesar’s new restaurant, Spoon in Preston Center, several times this month and noticed zero activity. The permits were not on the windows and there was no construction taking place. Yesterday I checked Tesar’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, then texted and called him, and nothing. Last night I […]

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Coming Soon: Bolsa Food Market in Arlington?

Both Christophers, Zielke and Jeffers, of Bolsa Mercado confirm the shop opening up in Arlington has nothing to do with Bolsa Mercado in Bishop Arts. So, there you have it. Call anyway and ask them if it is true:  214-367-9367.

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar Headed to Preston Center in Dallas?

Rumor has it Hopdoddy Burger Bar from Austin just signed a lease in Preston Center for part of the 24-Hour Fitness space. Roll the buzzwords: all-natural, fresh, scratch, and crafted. The name was created to “express the perfect union of burgers and beer: handcrafted beer (hop) + (doddy), the nickname given to the native cow […]

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Rumors Behind the Restaurant News: Blythe Beck Resigns From Central 214

Awaiting official confirmation, but my inside source says The Naughty Chef, Blythe Beck, is leaving Central 214 to do some sort of naughty themed bus tour. UPITTY DATE: Beck is still in the kitchen until the end of September. UPITTY UPDATE: ” Wow! You work fast lady!! Yes I have resigned from Central 214,” Beck […]

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Eat This Now: Rigatoni Bolognese from RedFork in Dallas

People are saying that Fitzhugh is the new Henderson.  I’m not really sure if I buy that yet, but I am willing to admit that Ole Fitz is definitely moving in the right direction.  Maybe you’ve heard about some of the melodrama surrounding the fairly recent goings on at RedFork.  Circulating rumors focused on the […]

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Is Casey Thompson Leaving Dallas Permanently for Napa?

Last Friday, Brownstone’s Casey Thompson tweeted: Putting an offer in on a space in Napa and a house all at the same time! Does this mean that this former Top Chef contender from Fort Worth is permanently leaving the prairie for the vine-covered hillsides of Northern California? That she won’t be guest-mixing margaritas behind the […]

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Rumors Behind the Restaurant News: Is Rosa Mexicano Coming to Dallas?

I heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend: Rosa Mexicano is coming to town. I know talk is cheap but I know the neighborhood and I think the story is good. Take it on the run, baby: Rosa Mexicano, the small Midtown (Manhattan) restaurant that opened in 1984 is moving into […]

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Something’s Brewing: I’m Talking to You Stephan Pyles

I spent the whole weekend in front of my computer. That doesn’t mean I was working the whole time—I should have been—but a lot of the time I performed many other important tasks such as checking updates on TMZ, Facebook, and “the fightin’ SideDish followers” on Twitter. Anywhoo, two names kept popping up in my […]

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Buzzbrews Coming to Deep Ellum. So long, Cowboy Chow.

Word on the street is that the Deep Ellum/Commerce St. location of Cowboy Chow is being taken over by D’s Best Breakfast favorite, Buzzbrews. In fact, this weekend is the Chow’s last one in that location. Look for Buzzbrews to start slinging their hash to downtown brunchers, the 2 am Adair’s crowd, and hungover hipsters […]

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Rumors Behind the Restaurant News: Sharon Hage to Chef at Place at Perry’s in Dallas

Good morning, SideDish Nation. I’d like to begin this fine day with a rumor. True or false? Sharon Hage is going to be the new chef at the Place at Perry’s which has plans to move into new digs across the street. I’ll be back in a minute with the answer. (If you get bored, […]

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The Green Room in Dallas is Officially Closed

NBC’s Greg Janda sent me a link to Annie Potzasznik’s story on the official announcement: The Green Room is closed. The only question remaining is: Am I still a rumor monger? From Green Room’s Facebook page on Jan 12: Contrary to Nancy Nichols’ uninformed rumor mongering, the Green Room is not closed. We will reopen […]

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Chef Kelly Hightower Punches Partner in Nova Dining Room

A well-informed, reliable Oak Cliff-dwelling person informed me that chef Kelly Hightower walked into the restaurant and punched one of his partners (“the dude who usually works the door”) around 7:30 pm on Friday night. “The guy’s face was all bloody,” says my secret source. “And the dining room was packed.” Talk of the incident […]

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Rumor Buster: Is Shawn Horne of Horne & Dekker Looking for a Job?

Last week I received a copy of confidential memo sent from a prominent restaurant CEO to a local restaurateur. The thrust of the message? “Please consider Shawn Horne if you need a professional upscale restaurant leader. Shawn has worked with many of the most talented people in the industry and brings a inspiring record or […]

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As the Restaurants Turn: Rumor About Bob Sambol is Not True

Will Bob Sambol have a steak in Mike Modano’s Hully & Mo? Who knows. (Thanks SI for the photo) As the economy continues to kill restaurants, it also fuels the fires beneath the ever-burning rumor mill. One reason why so many stories are flying all over town is simple economics–as restaurants close, the supply of […]

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Catching Up With Former French Room Chef William Koval

William Koval does Golf Cuisine? Veal shank? Dog legs? Club sandwich? The French Room at the Hotel Adolphus has had its ups and downs over the years. During chef William Koval’s 12-year reign in the kitchen, the food served in the gorgeous rococo dining room was superb. He guided the iconic eatery at the Hotel […]

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