Three new venues have opened in the West 7th area of Fort Worth. The first, Varsity Tavern, boasts 8,000 square feet on 2-stories on the corner of Norwood and Morton and will host a soft opening on New Year’s eve, the biggest night for bars in DFW. The building, formerly an auto body shop, sat vacant for approximately 5 years before partners Josh Reagan, James Hoffman and Micah McDonald began construction in April of this year.
The vision for the $2 million redo is part sports bar, part rooftop tavern, allowing for a variety of events and musical acts to utilize the unique space. The bottom floor, 5,000 square feet, incorporates a jumbotron with 90’’ flat screens, DJ booth and stage and its own set of sideline bleachers for the ultimate game night or an afternoon of people-watching.
The outdoor space, adjacent to the dance floor, is accessible through 13 feet tall garage doors and will play host to bar games including giant jenga, corn hole, ping pong and ladder golf. Continue reading
The Hospitality Sweet, located inside the historic Post Office and Federal Building in Downtown Dallas, today announces that its second location is planned to open March 2016 inside Preston Center at 6135 Luther Lane in Dallas, Texas.
For owner, Meghan Adams, The Hospitality Sweet has been a labor of love since first envisioning the sweets-inspired business alongside her sister, Kristen, and their mother, Barbara. “Growing-up my sister and I developed a love of baking through our grandmother, Rose,” said Adams. “As a child we spent so many wonderful times in her kitchen and my love for baking grew quickly. To be doing what we love every day is a dream and to be opening a new, larger than ever location is incredible.” Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The Dallas Mavericks are the latest entry into the Dallas burger wars with their Just-In-Time Burger at the American Airlines Center. Mavericks rookie guard Justin Anderson and AAC executive chef Mark Mabry created the burger that is sold at the Grill Zones Sections 106 and 118 on the plaza level during the month of January at both Mavericks, Stars games, and concerts.
The 1/3-pound burger is topped with apple wood smoked bacon and deviled egg aioli, provolone cheese, vine ripened tomato and shredded lettuce on Old Bay butter Texas toast served with Sriracha cheese fries at a cost of $12. Continue reading
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
by Steven Doyle
What should have been the ideal neighborhood and the perfect shop for fresh produce and deliciously prepared meal items that are short of GMO’s and tall on organic and locally sourced goodness, Green Grocer announced that it will be closing its doors Monday, January 18th. The sad news will have an economic impact with upwards to fifty local suppliers, many are growers who depend on shops such as Green Grocer for their livelihood.
Owner Cassie Green, a transplant from Chicago where she had previously left corporate life to open a similar operation before finally moving to Dallas, opening up the boutique grocer in 2012. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We recently checked out the new BITE, which was formerly Kin Kin, both owned by Thai chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin. BITE is located at 3211 Oak Lawn and offers what the chef calls a Global Panoply, with menu options that are influenced by Asian, European and American flavors. The menu is a bit innovative, but the execution is so much more.
We tasted a whole host of these flavors starting with this amazing Parmesan Soufflé made with Reggiano and a side of garlic cream sauce, and accented with a parmesan tuile. The soufflé takes twenty minutes, so you will want to order right away for a perfect appetizer that is perfectly sized for two. Another fun starter includes the Seared Diver Scallop that is adorned with applewood smoked bacon, tomato confit, an edamame puree and yuzu beurre-blanc.
The French influences stand out on this menu which is also evidenced by the Pan-Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras served with toasted brioche, a pear compote and port wine reduction. Continue reading
Scardello Artisan Cheese will officially open its doors in the Dallas Farmers Market’s The Market, on January 8, 2016. Cheesemonger Rich Rogers, alongside Cheese Enthusiast and Manager Austin Dupree, have secured a prime 400- square-foot, end-cap space inside the Market, a premier space for slinging cheese.
“We are thrilled about the official opening of our Dallas Farmers Market location. While we have always had a great mix of domestic and international cheeses at Oak Lawn, we are excited to focus more intensely on US and Texas producers at The Market. We look forward to working in a new and collaborative environment with some other great purveyors and producers,” said Rich Rogers, proprietor and cheesemonger at Scardello Artisan Cheese. Continue reading