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Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum Opens the Doors to Host the Mother of All Media Dinners

Last night, Diane and Justin Fourton welcomed members of the local media and a few friends to the new Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum. They won’t open to the public….., but we took notes and pictures and would like to share them with you.

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New Restaurant Mudhen to Open in Dallas Farmers Market

Mudhen, a healthful, chef-driven restaurant will make its debut at the Dallas Farmers Market in Spring 2015. Restaurateur Shannon Wynne and partners Keith Schlabs and Larry Richardson, the threesome behind Meddlesome Moth, LARK on the Park, Bird Café, Rodeo Goat, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (16 locations in the Southeast) and Flying Fish, are the rulers of this 5,500-square-foot roost.

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Dallas Farmers Market Management Announces New Farm-To-Market Liaison

GROW North Texas, a nonprofit organization made up of “Dallas area local food folks” dedicated to creating the ideal food system, will serve as the farm-to-market liaison between area farmers and Dallas Farmers Market Management. Their mission? To lure Pecan Lodge back? Click for details.

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Checking In: Blue Mesa Grill in Addison

The original location of Blue Mesa Grill in the Village on the Parkway in Addison moved across the street. The new interior and patio are snazzy and the food is much improved. Owners Jim and Liz Barons have teamed up with guest chef Sharon Hage and created a “Third Coast” food festival menu which will run in all Blue Mesa locations during May and June. Check out the delicious details.

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Sylvan Thirty’s First Store, Cox Farms Market Grocery, Opened This Morning

Despite small setbacks (including a fire that destroyed Teiichi Sakurai’s ramen shop, Ten), Sylvan Thirty is plowing ahead. This afternoon, it announced that Mayor Mike Rawlings cut the ribbon at the opening of Cox Farms Market Store, which is actually located in the building right across from Ten.

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Jonn Baudoin is Working on a New Trinity Grove Concept, Sugar Skull Cafe

When Jonn Baudoin and Omar Flores decided to open a little seafood restaurant in Oak Cliff, their partnership, as Todd Johnson describes it, went “swimmingly.” In 2012, Driftwood became an instant hit. And it’s been one of the best restaurants in Dallas ever since.

Now Baudoin has decided to sell his portion of Driftwood’s ownership to co-partner Sal Jafar II.

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Vagabond on Greenville Avenue Opens Tonight

The forces behind Vagabond–John Kenyon, Stewart Jameson, Eddie ‘Lucky’ Campbell, Joe Ely, Terry Allen, Eric Nadel—are ready to open the doors. Expect Vagabond to be a new neighborhood restaurant and bar serving craft cocktails, 30+ craft beers, a great food menu by Chef/GM Stewart Jameson, and the coolest Bocce Ball court in Dallas!

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Trinity Groves Plans Construction Phase II, May Include an Additional Six New Restaurants

Dallas’ Economic Development Committee met this morning at Dallas City Hall, and Trinity Groves was on the agenda, specifically TIF (tax increment financing) reimbursements related to Phase II of the Trinity Groves project.

“They’ll be widening sidewalks and redeveloping two of the vacant buildings,” explained Karl Zavitkovsky, Director of Office of Economic Development for the City of Dallas.

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Nick Badovinus Announces New Restaurant Concept: Town Hearth in the Dallas Design District

Here he comes again. Nick Badovinus will open Town Hearth, a 6,000-square-foot restaurant in the Dallas Design District dedicated to “open-hearth cooking with a heavy seafood influence and steaks with a generous spirit of cut and flavor and a commitment to community with a simple, straightforward approach to eating.” Got that? There’s more.

Town Heart is the largest project in Badovinus’ burgeoning portfolio. Currently his company, Flavor Hook, operates two locations

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