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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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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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Leslie Brenner Steps Out From Behind the Curtain and Reveals Her Face

There’s no more guesswork. Leslie Brenner has ditched her avatar and has put her face out for everyone to see. The reason? She hopes to broaden Dallas’ dining discussion. Her rabid defense of the importance of anonymity has disappeared and she will now be out on the town talking up the dining scene. Good for her. She looks less snooty than her former avatar.

[Editor’s note: for a time, this post included Brenner’s photo divorced from its context. I’d argue that’s still fair use (commenting on a news story). I replaced that image with a screen shot of the DMN story to make that fair use even clearer, though.]

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Del Frisco’s to Move Its North Dallas Restaurant to New Uptown Tower

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House has signed on as the flagship restaurant for McKinney & Olive, a 20-story tower Crescent Real Estate Holdings is developing in Uptown. The restaurant will occupy 18,000 square feet at the building’s main entrance on McKinney Avenue, and will close its North Dallas venue on Spring Valley—where it has been for 20 years—when it moves to Uptown in 2016.

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Dallas Omni Hotel Adds Herrera’s, Coal Vines, Beer Garden on Lamar, and Little Katana Sushi to the Property

The city of Dallas approved leases for Herrera’s, Coal Vines, Little Katana Sushi, and Beer Garden on Lamar to develop in the space just outside the Dallas Omni Hotel, Dallas Morning News’ Karen Robinson-Jacobs reports this afternoon.

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