Alinea’s Grant Achatz Considers a Baby Ban, Sparks National Debate

Back in September, Nancy wrote about Battuto, a neighborhood Italian restaurant in North Dallas, taking to Facebook when a family of four had a fussy kid. Y’all left your (mostly) pleasant thoughts in the comments.

Today, one of the biggest restaurant stories circulating the web is also focused kids. Well, actually babies. On Saturday, a couple brought their 8-month-old to Alinea, a fine-dining establishment in Chicago with three Michelin stars. Three. Not exactly a neighborhood restaurant where dining next to a noisy kid is a little more understandable.

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Starting in November, Green House Market Brings Healthy Food to NorthPark Center

Remember Green House, the food truck? Now the team behind it is opening a restaurant inside NorthPark, tucked away behind the movie theater. Instead of junk food, movie-goers can grab a healthy bite to eat and avoid the food court area before they gorge on popcorn. Green House Market should be open by mid-November. The […]

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My Five Cents: Presenting the Check With Dessert

Servers who work in a fine dining restaurant have a hard job. Their task is especially difficult if they choose to perform their duties with poise. A seasoned server assesses each table of customers and controls the pace of the meal accordingly. There is not a one-size-fits-all formula for service. Some customers want detailed food […]

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Restaurant 101: How to Deal With Screaming Children in a Nice Restaurant

The restaurant business is so much harder than it looks. Sure you, the customer, are aware of poorly cooked food and inattentive, rude service, but restaurant owners face a lot of challenges you, the customer, never see. Like paperwork, employees who steal or don’t show up, and broken equipment. Then there are the diners and […]

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Construction on Klyde Warren Park’s Two Restaurants, Savor and Relish, Continues

Traffic along that strip of Woodall Rodgers Freeway – the one that borders Klyde Warren Park – has been awful lately. At least it means construction is underway for Savor and Relish, the two upcoming food sources for hungry park-goers who might be tired of the food truck roster. (“At this point, the plan is […]

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Restaurant Business: How House Bill 3572 Affects Liquor Taxes Paid by Dallas Restaurants

Amy Severson, co-owner of Sevy’s Grill is an accountant. Today she discusses some important legislation that will impact the Texas restaurant industry. The clancular conversation of restaurateurs at the recent D Magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants party was not only about numbers between one and one hundred. Quietly discussed was number 3572, as in House Bill […]

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Restaurant 101: How to Deal With Demanding Customers

Imagine you are the owner of a restaurant. Feel the hot sweats? Yeah, it’s a scary business. There are many pleasures such as pleasing customers with great food and service. But there are many potholes. Some of which you don’t see coming until you hit them head on. Utensils get swiped, servers get stiffed, and […]

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Good Morning Dallas Restaurants. Get Ready for Obamacare

I’m happy Obama won. I’m also glad Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana because many restaurateurs may need to take a few hits before they open their books and try to figure out how they are going to deal with the Affordable Care Act. Restaurants, and other businesses with over 50-full-time employees, will have to ante up […]

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Dallas Restaurant Scam Alert: Don’t Pay an Unknown Dry Cleaning Bill

Two reputable and well-known Dallas restaurants have reported this scam to me. Here’s how one owner tells the tale: The restaurant is approached during a busy lunch or happy hour when the night shift is coming on. A person (in both cases it was a woman) enters and shows a dry cleaning receipt for about […]

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Update: Bailey’s Prime Plus New Management. New Menu. Avner Samuel Has Left the Building

Last Friday, Andrew Chalk filed a report on the new menu and tasting event at Bailey’s Prime Plus. He noted menu consultant Avner (Nosh, Snack) Samuel had completed his consulting deal with owner Ed Bailey and had returned to his restaurant empire. Samuel sacrificed one of his talented Nosh chefs, Ryan Carbery, in the deal. […]

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Uptown Borders is Turning into Max’s Wine Dive

After Borders went bankrupt, we all began to speculate what would happen with the empty Uptown storefront on 3600 McKinney. Now that 4,200 square ft. space will serve fried chicken and Kobe beef burgers at Max’s Wine Dive, a restaurant with locations in Houston, Austin, and San Antonio. Owner Jerry Lasco has spent a good […]

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Grand Reopening: Place at Perry’s

The old Place at Perry’s (from what I’ve heard) was dark and stuffy. No windows. No light. After three months of shutting down its entire operation, the Place at Perry’s has now reopened in a new location at 2680 Cedar Springs Road. Same owner, same chef Jaime Corona, but a completely new staff and vibe. […]

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Adam Bazaldua, ex-chef of 303 Bar & Grill, moves on to Stephan Pyles

Teresa Gubbins reported this morning that 303 Bar & Grill’s old chef, Adam Bazaldua, has moved on to bigger and better things (aka Stephan Pyles’ kitchen) after announcing his departure via Facebook. After all the drama that happened between Bazaldua and bar mogul Frankie Carabetta, we’re wishing Adam the best of luck on his new […]

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