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Eureka! Dallas is Now Open in the West Village

Eureka! Dallas opens today at the corner of McKinney and and Blackburn, under the shadow of the Mondrian. The restaurant, which got its start in California, has worked its way up the west coast with 12 California locations and one in Seattle. This is the chain’s first Texas space, and they plan to expand into Austin next year.

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Chef Avner Samuel Joins Chef Vincenzo Pappano to Head up Sfuzzi Pizzeria Romana and New Primo’s in Design District

Two of Dallas’ most peripatetic chefs have reunited to form the culinary consulting team for the new Sfuzzi’s Pizzeria Romana and the soon-to-open Primo’s in the Dallas Design District. Both concepts have been purchased by Mehrdad Moayedi, president and CEO of Carrollton-based Centurion American Development Group.

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DiDi’s Tamale Diner Opens Today at Trinity Groves

DiDi’s Tamale Diner — which is the eleventh incubator concept at Trinity Groves — opens today. Michael Beck, who’s a portfolio and marketing manager for Gerald L. Ray & Associates, and Andina “DiDi” Fernandez, who’s originally from Guatemala and has been making tamales for over twenty years, are behind the diner. The two teamed up in 2010 and opened a test kitchen in Mesquite, that location has since closed.

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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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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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Jasper’s to Be First Restaurant at CityLine Mixed-Use Development

Chef Kent Rathbun is opening a fourth location of Jasper’s. The restaurant is scheduled to open in KDC’s 186-acre mixed use project in Richardson (at the corner of Plano Road and State Street).

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First Take: Henry’s Majestic

Henry’s Majestic, the anticipated new restaurant from the folks behind Bread Winners, opens this Tuesday. Rosanne “Roe” Dileo who has worked as a chef at The Libertine and at Boulevardier plays the role of General Manager (Dileo is also currently a contestant on the thirteenth season of Hell’s Kitchen). Adam Kovac, the executive chef for Bread Winners, Inc., is the man behind the restaurant’s rotating menu. And Alex Fletcher, previously of People’s Last Stand and Victor Tango’s, is hailing the beverage program. Henry’s Majestic is located off McKinney Avenue in the space that once housed ACME F&B/ACME Social Club, and while a few ornamental adjustments have been made, the layout and fundamental design elements are the same.

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