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Mason Bar to Open Uptown

by Bryan Coonrod

Opening in January 2012, The Mason Bar is a gastro pub located in an iconic Masonic Lodge in Uptown Dallas. Developed by long-time Dallas entrepreneur Brandt Wood and the McFadden Group of New York City. The Mason Bar will be about enjoying the timeless tradition of food and beverage with friends.

Mason Bar
4701 Guillot St., Dallas

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Fishbone Concert Review

by Bryan Coonrod

For 25 years Fishbone has been wowing crowds around the world with their blend of punk, ska, reggae, jazz, funk and soul. Last night they rolled into Dallas for a showing of their documentary ” Everyday Sunshine” at the Texas Theatre and then a concert at Trees. Me being a long time fan could not wait for them to hot the stage, which did take some time as the sound check was longer than the opening bands entire set.   Continue reading

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Homage to ZZ Top and More

by Bryan Coonrod

Lack Of Afro – This Time

If you like that soul vibe of the 60’s and early 70’s you should check out the latest from Lack Of Afro  who is producer Adam Gibbons, a white guy so therefore lacks an afro. Chocked full of jazz and funk & soul goodies with vocal contributions from Angeline Morrison, Wayne Gidden, Jake Morley and up and coming rapper Wax.    Continue reading

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We Have a Craving for Cars

by Bryan Coonrod

I for one love classic cars, so while strolling through the state fair automotive building I notice a wing of a Plymouth Road Runner Super Bird sticking above the rest of the new cars displayed. As I get closer a 1968 Lamborghini Miura grabs my attention with its pistachio color gleaming under the lights.

My curiosity begins to wonder why they are at the fair and I find out these cars are part of the Texas Museum of Automotive History opening to the public Nov 15th after the fair ends and boasting a display of cars worth $30 million it is truly a car lovers paradise. TMAH’s goal is to be one of the top 10 museums in the world.           Continue reading

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Brackets New Chef Revamps Menu

by Bryan Coonrod

Can’t find a nice place to watch the games this year? Look no further than Brackets which could easily be a sports fans paradise with TVs every place your eyes can wander. Add in the specialty cocktails, impressive wine list and the mouth watering food then you might just be looking at your home away from home.

Originally starting out as a gourmet pizza restaurant Bracket’s has evolved in what they describe as an upscale eatery with a sports bar attitude. Chef Stefon Rishel has taken over and revamped the menu giving old sports bar classics a modern twist and just browsing the appetizers this becomes evident with items like braised short rib nachos and ahi tuna nachos.    Continue reading

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Many New Openings Around Town (Get a Pen)

by Bryan Coonrod

Country music lovers will get to boot scoot once again as the popular 90s country club Denim & Diamonds is returning to the area with a grand opening this Friday night at 17727 Addison Road in the old Cape Buffalo location.

For the uptown crowd there is a lot of new life coming in the next few weeks with the soft opening of Avenu last Friday in the old Aura location and soon to be open Rumor Lounge & The Den in the old Liar’s Den location. Current hotspot Glass will also be opening a rooftop patio and naming it Revive for everyone to enjoy the view and also the same ownership group will be taking over Skye Bar and giving it a facelift and renaming it Red Lights.   Continue reading

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What is BBQ?

by Bryan Coonrod

Labor Day has come and gone and one thing that has stuck in my mind is BBQ, not the delicious mouth watering type that my belly loves so much, but what others call BBQ. All weekend long I saw the social networks ablaze with people posting pictures of their grill. The only problem was that there was no BBQ to be seen in any of these photos, only burgers and hot dogs, steaks and fajitas.

When was the last time you had a barbecued hot dog? The pictures and invites continued through Monday all with the same theme ” Hey we are having a BBQ come on over” only no BBQ was offered.

I attempted to counter the influx of these faux BBQ invites and photos with a statement about what I believe BBQ to be ( brisket, ribs, sausage, pulled pork ) only to be barraged with more offers thoughts from others that BBQ was indeed burgers, hot dogs, steaks etc..  Continue reading

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