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Oak Debuts New Prix Fixe Lunch

Chef Brian Zenner debuted his lunch menu at Oak in early September, standout dishes include the smoked salmon deviled eggs and my personal favorite, the ham and cheese sandwich with dijon and cornichons (more specifically, tiny pickles). The Dallas Design District restaurant is now adding a prix fixe menu to the mix.

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Downtown Gets New Coffee Shop/Bookstore

Anne Holcomb spent some time in Argentina, where she fell in love with the bookstores and coffee shops. “They were very much my touchstones in a foreign land,” she says. When she left Argentina, she moved to Dallas, where she thought she’d be a theater teacher. But she came to Dallas in the middle of a recession, and things didn’t go as planned. She worked at a furniture store, and got into meditation. That’s where she met John Walsh. And that’s when they hatched the idea to start a business together.

On Halloween, Holcomb and Walsh (who haven’t given themselves titles yet, but we’ll call them the owners/managers) opened Serj Books, downtown Dallas’ newest coffee shop/bookstore. The small space, near the Saint Paul DART stop, is quaint. There’s a large bar where Holcomb and Walsh create drinks, a few tables with paper and crayons on top to encourage doodling, wood-paneled walls holding books, and signage with the Joke of the Day listed alongside Soup of the Day (try the chili, Holcomb’s recipe).

When you walk in, you’re immediately greeted by Walsh, who is eager to tell you the joke of the day. (What do you call bears without shoes? Barefoot.) Be prepared to hang out for a minute—it’s a slow bar. Take a look at the books, which is a varied collection, including children’s books, pop culture, cooking books, and a book by local publisher Deep Vellum. Holcomb says the collection is something that will evolve as the shop evolves.

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Murray Street Coffee May Pour Its Last Cup on Monday

Murray Street Coffee posted a Facebook message tonight:

Landlord just popped a big, ugly surprise on us. We need to sell a bunch of $50 or $100 coffee cards to stay open. Immediately. Wanna help? If we don’t sell enough cards, we’ll refund your money…

I reached out to owner Doug Davis to verify the situation. “I only just learned about this today at 3 or 4 p.m.” Davis explains. The shop’s landlords dropped off a letter yesterday when neither him nor his wife (and co-owner), Liz were working. “She was excited when she saw it today, she thought it was circus tickets or something,” he said. Not quite.

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Lakewood Theater Will Get a New Life in February 2015

The Lakewood Theater is going to get a new tenant, or tenants, according to H. Craig Kinney of Kinney Property Co. Kinney has hired an architect and talked to a number of restaurateurs and businesses in his quest to do what is best for the space. “The tower and the exterior are sacrosanct to us,” Kinney says. “The whole outside is iconic and valuable asset to the city.” Before you throw stones, hear him out. Kinney isn’t even close to deciding how the space is going to play out. “We have one [business] that wants to have the whole space and keep it a theater, “Kinney says. “We have other options that may involve carving up the space. We just don’t know yet.”

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First Take: Clark Food & Wine Co.

If you frequent Lower Greenville, then you’ve surely noticed the sign for Clark Food & Wine Co. by now. East Dallasites have been buzzing about the restaurant and bar for weeks. “What’s the word on Clark Food & Wine?” a friend emailed me a couple of weeks ago, “Do you know anything about it?” another asked last week while discussing new eateries popping up in the neighborhood. The restaurant, which took over the space that once housed Billiard Bar, quietly opened a couple of weeks ago. Chef and owner, Randall Warder (previously of The Mansion) and wife Courtney, are behind the Texas-style tapas concept.

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Highland Park Village to Add Two New Restaurants: K.T. Burger and 5 Creeks Tavern

The spaces formerly occupied by Toko V and Village Kitchen will, once again, get another chance at life. The downstairs will become K.T. Burger and the upstairs will morph into 5 Creeks Tavern. The brains behind the project are Ray Washburne of M Crowd and co-owner of Highland Park Village and his best friend forever, Buddy Cramer, the “reformed commercial real estate lawyer” turned restaurateur. Cramer and Washburne are the main team behind both Katy Trail Ice House locations and Bandito’s Tex-Mex Restaurant in Snider Plaza.

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Dallas Chop House Re-Opens With an Updated Menu

As you may recall, a fire engulfed the kitchen of Main Street’s Dallas Chop House this past August. While thankfully there were no serious injuries, the restaurant was forced to close its doors and undergo a remodel. “We wanted to keep the color scheme and the aesthetics the same,” Nafees Alam, co-founder and vice president of DRG Concepts, explains of the similar-looking dining room. The restaurant salvaged what they could, but for the most part, all of the furniture and kitchen equipment is new. Along with an updated interior, executive chef Chad Starling and DRG corporate chef AJ Joglekar have made a few changes to the menu.

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