Chicago’s Ginos East Moving Invades Texas

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ATX Brands announced today the official plans for Gino’s East’s expansion across Texas with five locations expected to open within the coming year. ATX Brands Founder and CEO Doug Guller will bring the Chicago pizzeria’s signature dishes to all Texas locations, along with menu items created with a Texas spin. Guller, an Austin resident, owns the rights to all Texas locations of Gino’s East as well as iconic venues such as Parish, Historic Scoot Inn, Güller Hall, and Schroeder Hall, among many other properties.

“Gino’s East is an icon in the Chicago pizza scene and we’re excited to bring the classic deep dish style to Texas,” says Guller. “As soon as I tasted Gino’s East, I knew it was a concept that would work great here. I am so excited that this is a dream that turned into a reality.”   Continue reading

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MealSharing for Thanksgiving is a Beautiful Idea

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MealSharing.com announces its second annual “ThanksSharing” to promote food and togetherness for the classic American holiday. MealSharing.com connects hosts and guests in more than 450 cities worldwide over home cooked meals. This year, MealSharing.com will continue its ThanksSharing initiative to connect thousands of people over one very special meal—Thanksgiving.

“Last year’s ThanksSharing helped people enjoy a meal with others who otherwise would have been eating alone,” says Jay Savsani, founder of MealSharing.com. “As a popular celebration that promotes people coming together over food, ThanksSharing does just that—whether a person is traveling, alone for the holiday or simply wants a different experience—ThanksSharing is helping connect people over home cooked meals for a special occasion.”   Continue reading

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Asador at the Renaissance Hotel Wants To Be Dallas’ New Destination Restaurant

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by Andrew Chalk

Asador, the farm-to-fire restaurant at the Dallas Renaissance Hotel (the lipstick building on I-35) is back. They are now declaring themselves a ‘destination restaurant’ and not JAHR (Just Another Hotel Restaurant) catering to captive hotel guests. They are welcoming patrons from the locality as much as does neighbor Sēr, just across the freeway at the Hilton Anatole, or The Mansion restaurant, two miles away on Turtle Creek. They even have a brand new ballroom that will prove popular for large events.

This is no empty declaration. Executive Chef Brad Phillips has spent his two years at the helm building up relationships with suppliers and a kitchen staff that shares his vision. The menu now changes with the seasons, as Asador showed at a recent media event I attended designed to celebrate the Fall harvest.   Continue reading

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House Relocating to Uptown Dallas’ Epicenter in 2016

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Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group announced today it will open its fourth Del Frisco’s Grille in North Texas at The Shops at Legacy in Plano, Texas, in summer 2015. The company also announced it will relocate its Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House from North Dallas to McKinney & Olive in Dallas’ Uptown, as part of the luxury, 20-story, 530,000-square-foot office and retail tower designed by famed architect Cesar Pelli, next to The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences, in 2016.

“Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House is the perfect fit for McKinney & Olive because it has a stellar reputation, amazing service and terrific food,” said John Zogg, managing director for Crescent Real Estate Equities, LLC. “This flagship restaurant – featuring a two-story design with spacious patios and huge glass windows overlooking the plaza – will be in keeping with Uptown’s energetic, street-friendly vibe.”    Continue reading

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Malai Kitchen Invites You To A Special Thai NTX Beer Week Dinner

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Wednesday, November 5, Malai Kitchen will host a special “Thai Me Up” dinner as part of North Texas Beer Week. The evening will highlight Malai’s portfolio of house-brewed, Asian-style beers inspired by owners Braden and Yasmin Wages’ travels through Southeast Asia. Chef Paul Singhapong of CrushCraft Thai will join Wages to create a six-course dinner with beer pairings. This is actually what has been an annual event, and the most authentic Thai-inspired meal you can have in Dallas.    Continue reading

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Rathbun’s Blue Plate Transformed Into Private Venue

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Today Kent Rathbun announced that the former Blue Plate Kitchen space has been reconcepted and transitioned into a private event venue. Called The Kitchen at 6130, the comfortably elegant setting is well-equipped to host both social and business outings, including holiday parties, corporate events and receptions. From fresh and flavorful food to stylish décor, The Kitchen at 6130 will handle all the details so guests can enjoy their events stress-free.

With a restaurant setting and full service bar, the versatile space can be customized to accommodate seated dinners, cocktail parties and intimate celebrations. Capacity in the 6,000 square foot venue ranges from 120 people seated to 165 standing, and the on-site catering team can provide a variety of food options, including passed hors d’oeuvres, food stations and sit-down service.    Continue reading

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Celebrating It’s Third Anniversary Lazaranda Stays Fresh

 

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When Lazaranda threw open its doors in 2011 I remember the sense of anticipation about the prospect of an established Monterrey restaurant spreading its wings north of the border helmed by a Mexican chef who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

Partners Mario Letayf and Antonio Marquez said ‘At Lazaranda, we offer the real food of modern Mexico, a combination of Mexican heritage and modern techniques and ingredients.” The early tastings bore that out. Recently, I revisited Lazaranda as part of a media event to see how the latest menu stood out.   Continue reading

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