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My Five Cents: Why Don’t More Chefs Move to Dallas to Cook?

I’ve had at least a dozen conversations with local chefs and restaurateurs about the shortage of chefs in our town. It’s a seller’s market for talented chefs. With so many restaurants opening, they get job offers thrown their way all the time. It’s a challenge to keep up with the constant movement. I call it […]

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If Le Cirque Comes to Dallas: Potential News and a Thought Experiment

Last week I attended Le Cirque’s “pop-up” (if one can call a dinner that involves fine linen and a four-fork table setting a “pop-up”) at the Tower Club, and aside a fine meal from the New York restaurant’s new chef, there was also some interesting news.

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Kent Rathbun Reportedly Resigns From Abacus

Mike “Thriller” Hiller of EscapeHatchDallas is reporting Kent Rathbun has resigned from Abacus. I’d add a link to the story, but the website is not working.

I happened to be on the phone with a friend of mine who is good friends with the Rathbun’s when I got a text with the news. They were surprised but admitted that Rathbun had been struggling with his partners at Abacus for some time. He’d offered to buy them out and they declined.  I wonder if his deals at DFW are lost in the deal. 

Here’s the official statement:

Kent Rathbun has resigned from Kent Rathbun Concepts.  Although he will be

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Tristan Simon is Back! His New Company is Launching Multiple Ventures at Victory Park

He popped on the Dallas restaurant scene like a bullet. In 2002 I wrote: Meet restaurateur wunderkid Tristan Simon, the New Age-talking, good-looking owner of Sense and Cuba Libre. He’s got the most powerful people in town eating out of his hand and clamoring to get into Sense, the most exclusive nightclub in town. Then […]

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The Weirdest Things Stolen From Dallas Restaurants

Back in 2013, at the peak of Moscow Mule madness, nationwide reports surfaced about the copper mugs that the cocktail comes served in going missing at a remarkable rate. Now every time I see one of the lustrous vessels behind a bar, my mind wanders: “Who would steal a copper mug?” “Was it a dare?” “Is there an underground tribe of artisan bladesmiths preparing for a Bronze Age revival?”

I started asking Dallas restaurant owners, general managers, and chefs about some of the strangest things that have gone missing from their establishments and was shocked to learn that people will lift just about anything they can get their greedy little hands on. Art, grapefruit, and wallpaper are among some of the weirdest items stolen from Dallas restaurants.

In no particular order, here’s a compilation of the craziest stories I’ve heard.

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Food Delivery Services in Dallas: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

On-demand food delivery services have split the Dallas dining community. Some restaurateurs won’t participate because they can’t control the quality of the food once it leaves their kitchen. Others are happy for a new way to increase sales. But the trend isn’t going away. UberEATS is just getting started, and we hear that Amazon’s food […]

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Former Deep Ellum Café Chef Brian Hennington Returns to Update AllGood Café Menu

Who remembers the glory days of the Deep Ellum Café and chef Brian Hennington? He returned to help buddy Mike Snider upgrade the menu at AllGood Cafe.

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Heaven and Hell Cake Stuck In Purgatory

The careful reader will have noticed that in our April issue’s “Newcomer’s Guide to Dallas,” we listed Stephan Pyles’ Heaven and Hell Cake among four classic Dallas dishes and cited its location as Stampede 66. Should you have dropped everything to hunt down the classic—a layered creation: ethereal angel food cake separated from devil’s food cake […]

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