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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Sneak Peek: John Tesar Shows Us a Glimpse of Knife

Chef John Tesar is back at it again. His much celebrated restaurant, Spoon, is no longer an only child. He is coming at this ravenous city with something almost unheard of in Dallas: steak. I jest, but this particular fine dining steakhouse, which opens May 15 in Central 214′s old spot, will set itself apart not only with the wild Chef’s personal flair for madcap exuberance, but by its selection of rare and alternative prime cuts. As Tesar told the crowd of media that attended a preview of Knife’s facility last night, “Where Spoon is more intimate, Knife is social.” Here are the essentials you need to know.

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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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Sneak Peek: Stephan Pyles’ San Salvaje Will Open Next Week

Admittedly, we miss Samar and that glorious, glorious naan served with three different dipping mechanisms. (Still dream about it, sometimes.) Stephan Pyles, though, has already moved on with his newest restaurant venture, San Salvaje, at 2100 Ross Avenue. He says it’ll be open sometime next week. Probably Thursday, May 1. The interior’s not finished yet, but that didn’t stop the Southwestern chef from hosting a media lunch today, which we were invited to join.

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Dee Lincoln’s Second Steak & Burger Bar Opens in Plano This Friday

Friends, it’s happening.

That corner of Park and Preston is turning into a bustling center for good steaks and burgers, starting this Friday, April 25. Executive chef Andrew Powers is guiding his team to make a “land and sea” burger, jumbo sea scallops, and an eggplant parmesan burger for vegetarians. Nice.

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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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Stephan Pyles’ Newest Restaurant, San Salvaje, to Open April 28

If Dallas’ food scene was a monarchy, Stephen Pyles would definitely find his way onto the royal court. Along with once being credited with “almost single-handedly changing the cooking scene in Texas,” he’s known for being the chef-owner of Stephan Pyles Restaurant and Stampede 66. Now, Pyles will use his extensive South American travels as inspiration for his newest concept, San Salvaje.

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To Detect and Serve: The Wild Detectives Brews Excellent Coffee

Now that Matthew McConaughey’s taut, sinewy body is done brain-screwing us with his apathetic, brooding intensity, it’s time to turn our affections to the new detectives in town. The Wild Detectives opened last month inside a small house just east of the Bishop Arts District at 314 West Eighth Street. It’s snuggled in between neighboring houses, and there’s a little Chihuahua next door with a surly attitude towards visitors. He keeps his distance, though.

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Fast-Casual Chain Pollo Tropical Opens First Texas Location in Addison

Pollo Tropical is bringing Caribbean flavors straight to Addison with its first Texas location, which opens today. This Miami founded, fast-casual chain restaurant serves meats, vegetables, spices, and sauces all prepared in-house. With an extensive menu at such an affordable cost, you can pick up, sit-down, or drive through Pollo Tropical for a taste of the tropics.

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The Slip Inn is Moving

The Dallas Observer has just announced that Dallas’ favorite dance floor is closing its doors after years and years at 1806 McMillan Ave.

Nightlife folks first mourned The Loon’s departure from Uptown, and now the same thing is happening with The Slip Inn. Both bars are searching for a new space to house their loyal patrons.

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