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Royal Blue Grocery to Open Late September in Highland Park Village



Royal Blue Grocery in Highland Park Village will open its doors late September or early October 2015 at 1 Highland Park Village in Dallas, Texas. Locally owned and operated by Dallas residents Zac Porter, Emily Ray-Porter and Cullen Potts, the 6,000 square foot two-story urban market will serve as the shopping center’s new flagship grocer while also offering breakfast, lunch and dinner service.

Originally founded in Austin of 2006, each Royal Blue Grocery carries a different variety of food, beverage and household needs tailored to the surrounding neighborhood and people it serves.  This new store (the largest in the Royal Blue Grocery family) will feature mainstay grocery departments such as produce, bakery, butcher shop, deli, floral, beer, wine and more with the added bonus of catering, a café, patio seating, and a Stumptown coffee bar. With seating for 70-plus in the café, on the mezzanine level and on the outside patio, it will also serve as a charming gathering spot for the grab-and-go breakfast, lunch or dinner menu options. Wine selections can be purchased at retail prices to enjoy onsite.   Continue reading

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KT Burger Open In Highland Park Village, Five Creeks Opening Soon

DSC07794by Steven Doyle

Dallas has another burger offering, this time it is in Highland Park Village with the recent opening of KT Burger, which is adjacent to the theater. We made a pit stop to check out the burger and the new digs on a Monday evening and found a packed house bustling with burger eaters, families, and generally a happy crowd (we asked).

The burger is wonderfully basic, made with an 80/20 grind, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and mustard, which is the way every great Texan would dress their burger. Of course you may have it prepped your way. We added a side of the house-made venison chili for an extra bite and found this to be a great choice.  In addition to a pretty damned good burger KT offers a selection of sandwiches, hearty salads, brats and dogs, and a few tacos. Do not miss either the sturdy hand cut fries or onion rings. Both are a great choice.  Continue reading

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John Kleifgen Named Executive Chef at Cafe Pacific

IMG_5667by Steven Doyle

The sous chef at Cafe Pacific was just promoted to the executive position after two years at the Highland Park Village restaurant. Kleifgen has a fantastic background and attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York before moving to Boston, and worked with James Beard Award winning Frank McClelland at L’Espalier. But Kleifgen eventually made it back to Texas where he was raised.   Continue reading

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Village Kitchen and Toko V Are Now Gone

village1by Steven Doyle

Yesterday closed the final chapter of the Village Kitchen and its upstairs cousin, Toko V. In a special breaking story owner Mark Hearl vowed he would keep his restaurants open until the end of the month to give employees enough time to find new jobs, and in a text last night he said they all had. This means that both restaurants and the attached bar are no more.

There was some sad but happy celebrations happening in and out of the kitchen, as well as a bottle of Opus One being uncorked. We will miss many of the items that Chef Andre Natera offered such as his Pecan Lodge Brisket Flatbread. We will also remorse Natera’s special steak night, and lobster thermador night. Also gone are Natera’s version of a cronut, and his Fruity Pebbles shakes.   Continue reading

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Highland Park Village Loses Two Restaurants And A Bar

toko vby Steven Doyle

Rumors have been flying recently about the Village Kitchen, Toko V and Village Bar closing, and I just received confirmation from partner Mark Hearl that they have reached an agreement with the owners of Highland Park Village to close the restaurant at the end of this month.

“It just made sense to go forward with this decision. We wanted to wait to announce this so employees may transition into another position,” said Hearl via telephone moments ago.    Continue reading


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Catch The Film “Hey Bartender” Monday, Nov 25

hey bartenderby Steven Doyle

This Monday there will be a special screening of Hey Bartender at the Village Theater at 32 Highland Park Village at 7pm. The film is about a bartender in the era of craft cocktail. After the film meet Jason Kosmas, co-owner of one of the bars featured in the film, Employees Only in New York. Kosmas will speak abut the film and host a Q&A session.  You will also hear from the film’s director, Douglas Tirola and William Grant Portfolio Ambassador, Charlotte Voisey. The evening will finish up with an after party next door at the Village Bar.

Here is the film’s IMDB synopsis:    Continue reading

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A Poutine Primer For Texans

DSC08899by Steven Doyle

Since we are on the subject of Andre Natera and his restaurants in Highland Park Village, it might be worth noting that the chef recently added poutine to his menu at Village Kitchen. Poutine, you say? Yes, that luscious plate of steaming fried potatoes, laden with supple lumps of cheese curd and smothered with gravy. That poutine.

It could be argued that it is the national dish of Canada. Everywhere you go in Canada you will find a version of poutine on the menu. From the lowly McDonald’s version for $3.99, to the very elegant Au Pied de Cochon in Qubec with their foie gras version for a mere $23 Canadian. You cannot go anywhere, including a ballpark, without being able to order this dish. But most identify poutine as being sold at casse-croûtes, or a greasy spoon diner, or roadside chip wagons called cabanes à patates.    Continue reading


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