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Café Momentum (Almost) Ready to Open. Announces New Pastry Chef.

I stopped by Café Momentum this afternoon to scope out the progress. The restaurant, located at 1510 Pacific Avenue, is coming along. Sure, the floors are lined in brown protection paper, and workers can been seen scurrying around, climbing ladders, and drilling holes, but overall the space is close to finished. The 85-seat dining room will host a series of friends and family dinners over the next couple of weeks, and officially opens to the public on Thursday, January 29.

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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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