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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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The Green Door Public House to Open at Dallas Farmers Market Early Summer

Bryan and Kathy Crelly, the husband and wife team behind Uncle Uber’s in Deep Ellum, are moving the Liberty Bank building from the corner of Cesar Chavez and Elm Streets to 600 S. Harwood. They will open The Green Door Public House at the Dallas Farmers Market in early summer.

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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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Phil Romano Plans to Open Potato Flats, a Baked Potato Restaurant, in Trinity Groves

For a long time, a mysterious sign for Potato Flats hovered above (what I can only guess are) floor plans and construction materials inside an empty space at Trinity Groves, the West Dallas restaurant incubator. Nobody said a peep about the restaurant. Nobody knew the specifics of what Potato Flats had in store for West Dallas until now.

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