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Death, Taxes, and Senate Bill 1: Texas Legislative Restaurant Update

Sevy’s co-owner Amy Severson makes this claim: “A full-service, lunch-and-dinner- liquor-serving business generates more taxes per-square-foot than most industries.” Below she wonders why the Texas State Legislature continues to penalize small to mid-sized restaurant owners. Hear her roar. Imagine if you were sitting down for coffee with Uncle Sam, and the conversation started like this: […]

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Patrick Colombo Opens Princi Italia in Preston Royal Village Tomorrow

Patrick Colombo has been in the restaurant business for nearly three decades. He spent nine years as senior vice president and co-founder of the 21-store national Italian restaurant, Sfuzzi, Inc.; he was executive director of food & beverage operations at Mansion on Turtle Creek Hotel; and he co-founded Nick & Sam’s, and is currently president […]

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First-Take Review: Meso Maya Rocks Preston Forest With Regional Mexican Moxie

What to expect: Meso Maya, the self-labeled “simple modern Mexican food” restaurant that opened in Preston Forest Shopping Center last week has success writ large from the kitchen to the curb. First, chef Nico Sanchez (The Porch, Hibiscus), whom owner Mike Karns (president of El Fenix) lured away from the Consilient Restaurant Group, is heading […]

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Remembering the Man Behind the Restaurants: Marcello Rosen

Today on our RealPoints Commercial Real Estate blog, commercial real estate guru (and all-around spectacular human being and one of my favorite people to go out to dinner with) Bob Young, managing director of The Weitzman Group, offers a fond reminiscence of the late Marcello Rosen, the broker behind many of Dallas’ beloved restaurants. Bob […]

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Café Momentum’s Inaugural Pop-Up Dinner at Milestone Culinary Features Chef Jeffery Hobbs and a Cast of Aspiring Chefs

File this one under the heading: good people doing a pretty great thing. Last night, Chefs Chad Houser (you may remember him from his recent adventures in Eating Lebanon) and Janice Provost of Parigi, supported by an armada of well-intentioned chefs, foodies, and community organizers, opened doors on the first pop-up incarnation of Café Momentum, […]

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First-Take Review: John Tesar’s The Commissary in One Arts Plaza. It’s All About the Tots.

The Commissary, Chef John Tesar’s indoor-outdoor burger & bites venue in One Arts Plaza has been packed since day one. Reasonably so. The restaurant, which specializes in daring combinations of ingredients (burgers made from braised pig’s tail, pork, and beef) and new approaches to old standards (avocado fries), is to summertime what the swallow is […]

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John Tesar’s The Commissary Hosts Industry Preview

The local chef groupies’ tongues are wagging so vigorously today that we can feel the breeze up here on the 21st floor. I, like they, attended the industry preview of The Commissary last night. Facebook and blogger reviews are already slathering on praise. Imagine what they’ll say when it actually opens. jump for our thoughts […]

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First Take Restaurant Review: Malai Kitchen in Uptown’s West Village

The set-up: As a culture, we seem to enjoy watching people fail far more than we like to see them succeed. In fact, in my line of work, it’s harder to really like something than it is to dislike or even revile it. The truth is that readers don’t trust a rave unless there’s a […]

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Sadly, Restaurant Veteran Vijay Sadhu’s Solo Voyage Founders in Plano

We want Vijay Sadhu’s Sutra to succeed; really, we do. We were big fans of his work at Samar, at Clay Pit, and, before that, at Bukhara Grille. For this new venture, leaks about his Goan inspiration and his vision for a Portuguese-Indian fusion have had the blogs buzzing for months. That being the case, […]

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CuriousDish: Love of Stephan Pyles’ Restaurants in Dallas

Have you ever known a Stephan Pyles restaurant that you didn’t love?  In a recent post– Which Dallas Restaurant Would you Revive?–Dishers showed lots of love for Chef Pyles’ concepts. First we loved Routh Street.  The Baby Routh, the restaurant that signaled the uber-upscale Routh Street wasn’t going to play well in the early 90s […]

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Brackets in The Palomar—Should A Restaurant Marry A Sports Bar?

Brackets stands as a testament to the vast gulf between aspiration and execution. The aspiration is to blend clubhouse and culinary experiences into a new seamless hybrid. The execution of this hybrid feels… Read the whole Brackets First Take review here…

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CuriousDish: Which Dallas Restaurant Would You Revive?

Let’s take a break from the restaurants still here and think about those that we miss. Imagine you had the power–a genie in a bottle of Chateau Latour Pomerol to grant you one wish. If you could rub her it and be granted the gift to bring one dead restaurant back to life, which one […]

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Mico Rodriguez’s Pinky-Chan: No Go in West Village

Pinky-chan is an Omoigawazakura and appears everywhere in Oyama. Remember the young gal at Foodie Couture who wrote this account of her business relationship with Mico Rodriguez along with details of Mico’s plan for a restaurant called Pinky Chan? She was so happy to be working with her mentor. Then last night, a teary post […]

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