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Legal Grounds Closes, The Heights Opens.

Sad day for those who got their morning fix at Legal Grounds. Once a coffeehouse where legal advice was offered with your latte, Legal Grounds, home of some of the best pancakes in Dallas, is closed. The keys have been handed over to Karin Powell Porter, owner of Poter House Provisions, who will open The Heights early next week.

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An Exclusive Sneak Peek at Off-Site Kitchen at Trinity Groves

I stopped by the new Off-Site Kitchen location yesterday afternoon with my camera in hand. Owner, Nick Badovinus, and his team were rushing around the space, making last minute adjustments to the decor, and perfecting recipes in the kitchen. The casual burger joint uprooted from its Irving Boulevard location a couple of weeks ago, and the new Trinity Groves location opens today for lunch.

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Val’s Cheesecakes to Open Storefront on Maple Avenue

Valery Jean-Bart has been baking for more than a decade. “It really started with my mom,” he explained over the phone. “We would make a cheesecake every Sunday.” Jean-Bart’s mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2007 and her son cared for her at his home. “She would stay at the house and we’d spend the whole week discussing what kind of cake we were going to bake,” he says. That went on for five years until her passing in 2012. “This whole business is for her memory.”

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High Fives Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant to Open

I drove past the space that used to house the Slip Inn and Glass Boot Biergarten on Sunday. A large, colorful mural of two hands high-fiving caught my eye, so I pulled over. The painting on the side of the wall wasn’t the only indication that work had recently been done to the building, the dining room was gutted, and wooden picnic tables had been painted bright blue — a slight breeze wafted the smell of fresh paint across the patio, so it was clear that the updates were recent.

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