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A Short Trip To Spain With Si Tapas

by Steven Doyle

We love our tapas, and probably a bit disappointed that the term is becoming a bit diluted with the use for anything small. Small plates does not equal tapas. Tapas are these marvelous plated dishes from Spain and basically snacks and appetizers. Since dinner can be served as late as midnight in this country, you might find yourself bar hopping and sampling a few items from probably a dozen different tapas the bar has on hand that evening.

Most likely you will be served several styles of olives, breads, a bit of slow cooked beef, battered squid, sausages or a tortilla de patatas . Actually the more you drink the better the tapas become.    Continue reading

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The Rustic Opens October 16

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Free Range Concepts partners, Josh Sepkowitz and Kyle Noonan announce their newest project – The Rustic – will open Wednesday, October 16th for dinner service (lunch hours planned for later in the month).  Located in Uptown at the prime corner lot of Lemmon Avenue and North Central Expressway in the West Village area, The Rustic promises to be a vibrant Texas-inspired addition to Dallas’ restaurant/bar scene with great food and drink.

Sepkowitz and Noonan, the team behind Bowl & Barrel, Mutts and the new television series Local Fare, have partnered with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, Pat Green and local businessman Brian Manion to open a full service restaurant and bar that will showcase kitchen and bar menus with roots reaching deep into the Texas soil.  Beef, poultry and game from local ranchers and produce from local farmers are an important foundation of the menu.  Local purveyors include the likes of Barking Cat Farms (Heath, TX), Comeback Creek (Pittsburgh, TX), Vital Farms (Austin, TX), Wagyu Excelente (Dallas,TX), Broken Arrow Ranch (Ingram, TX), Caprino Royale (Waco, TX), Eagle Mountain Cheese (Granbury, TX), Veldhuizen Cheese (Dublin, TX), Spiceman’s FM 1410 (Dallas, TX) and more.    The bar will feature all the best Texas has to offer including 40 beers on draft, cocktails and a notable wine list.    Continue reading

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Dallas Is Experiencing A Hospitality Labor Shortage

waitressby Steven Doyle

We are deluged with messages about various venues needing hospitality workers. The Rustic is set to open soon and have requested at least 50 people to wait tables. Yesterday we spoke with Parigi owner Janice Provost who is looking for a few people to wait tables. If you are a host or hostess it is a seller’s market. There are numerous positions for chefs throughout the city. The need seems to be a growing concern for area restaurateurs. Where will they find the capable hands to open these new restaurants?     Continue reading

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Look For A Steak And Ale Opening Near You, But Not Real Soon

couponby Steven Doyle

The first time I ever slammed against a salad bar was at Steak and Ale as a young lad. The thought of the stack of the cold plates chilling to near iceberg levels only to be met with a layer of salad greens and the very first sampling of blue cheese ever still brings a slight moistening to the side of my lips.

I am not sure the last time I ran through that salad bar, or any salad bar for that matter, but it had to be at least five years ago because that was when the very last Steak and Ale closed its doors.

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Mi Piaci Park Cities Is Open

piaci2by Steven Doyle

I just spoke with the PR firm who represents Mi Piaci and they report that the Italian restaurant is now open at the Park Cities location. This is in the old Ocho location on Preston near Northwest Highway.

It was reported early on the Chef Joel Harloff would take on the Mi Piaci job after Ocho closed, but Harloff told us that he was not actually approached. Instead  the executive chef at the Preston location is Elmer Pineda, the same as the original Mi Piaci on Montfort that is currently closed. You will remember that they were locked out due to a rent dispute, and the owners are currently in litigation.   Continue reading

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FW Pour House Closing For Remodel

pour housby Steven Doyle

The Fort Worth Pour House has the 3-year itch once again and will be closing for a remodel. This time they will up their game to a total of 50 taps (sounds exciting) along with some beautification.  The menu will be getting a reset as well, so look for new items to cozy up next to the fresh slate of brews.

Every three years I like to freshen up The Pour House and bring new energy to the space,” says owner Eric Tschetter. “With the décor changes and the massive addition to our taps, I know Pour House regulars and newbies to the bar will feel at home.”

During remodeling, The Garage is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The full Pour House menu will be available in The Garage.

 

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