Box Car Bandits at Water Street Oct 20th

band-53832.jpgWater Street, a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use community with 60,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, green space and views of Lake Carolyn, is celebrating the grand opening of Big Little Market, the neighborhood’s pantry and beverage bar, with a fall farmer’s market. The celebration will take place on Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5270 N. O’Connor Blvd.

The grand opening will include live music from DFW’s Boxcar Bandits, a group that melds bluegrass, old-time, western swing and country with the sounds of string band instruments to create their signature sound. The celebration will also feature a pumpkin patch with a pumpkin decorating station, potato sack races with prizes, and Water Street’s first Farmer’s Market. Vendors at the Farmer’s Market will include Cita’s Salsa, SoCo Ginger Beer, Health Bomz, Cassie Green Health, Cookies, Crumbs and Crust, Lilly Point Farms Granola and more.

Big Little Market will celebrate their grand opening all day and will feature in-store specials.

“A fall farmer’s market is the ideal showcase for the Water Street setting, with its abundant green space and Lake Carolyn overlook,” said Darin Botelho, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate. “Come out and stock up on fall treats, enjoy live music and stick around for lunch or dinner at one of our great restaurants like Olivella’s, Go Fish Poke or El Famoso.”

“We can’t wait to get to know our neighbors,” said Talitha Ledet, Big Little Market owner. “Our store offers traditional groceries and produce, as well as specialty vegan, gluten/dairy-free and organic items; beer, wine and meals to-go, such as specialty deli sandwiches, salads, wraps and heat-and-eat meals; pastries, a coffee bar, breakfast items and gift items.

“The Farmer’s Market also allows us to work toward our mission of supporting local vendors,” added Ledet. “And it lets our customers actually meet the creators of their favorite foods face-to-face.”

Water Street offers an impressive variety of pubs, restaurants, neighborhood conveniences and 316 apartment homes on the shores of Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas, all within walking distance of the DART Rail System, Toyota Music Factory and the landmark Mustangs at Las Colinas.

Bring your chair or blanket and fall in love with Water Street. Leashed and vaccinated dogs are welcome at the event.

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Exclusive: Junior Borges Out at Up on Knox

Junior Borges, Executive Chef. Photography by Mei-Chun Jau.

Chef Junior Borges

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Chef Nilton Junior Borges left the restaurant group that owns both Bilboquet ad Up on Knox, and a soon-to-open concept adjacent the French Bilboquet.

The chef, who is classically French trained was born in Rio and came to Dallas via restaurants in New York City, lured by opening Uchi. He soon made his way to the Joule Hotel where he ran all the culinary programs, but more recently signed on to the Up On Knox group where he was to open his own mystery restaurant. Continue reading

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Lakewood Brewing Let’s Get Weird Halloween Bash

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Lakewood Brewing Company (LBC) is throwing a huge Halloween party for the community. Everyone is invited to Lakewood’s Taproom & Beer Garden on Saturday, October 20th from Noon to 9:00 p.m. to enjoy a day of beer, food, games and weird entertainment.

Wim Bens, Founder & President of Lakewood Brewing Company says, “Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I love the fun and creativity, and our annual ‘Let’s Get Weird’ party is always a great opportunity for our brewers to flex their creative muscles and create unique, one-off brews for the event.” Continue reading

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Exclusive: Graham Dodds Out at Statler

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There was a major disturbance in the force today in the Dallas chef world. Graham Dodds, the wunderkind chef who opened the Statler redux is no longer with the hotel.

We reached out to all parties concerned, and rumors were flying from the community. Dodds is bound by a severance package that prevents him from commenting, as is the case with a manager and another unnamed chef Dodds brought on to the team. Continue reading

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Flamin’ Hot Phenomenon

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Richard Montañez has become a cultural icon that transcends sociological and economic barriers. His invention is now firmly ingrained into pop culture and is the stuff chefs have embraced as a viable ingredient to attract new set of customers craving something very hot, very spicy. You see, Montañez invented the Flamin’ Hot Cheeto for Frito-Lay, located locally in Plano, Texas.

In his memoir, “A Boy, a Burrito, and a Cookie,” he described arriving at his white elementary school during segregation. His bus was green, while the white children rode a yellow bus. Speaking only Spanish, he couldn’t understand anyone. Continue reading

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The Grape Is Still Amazing After All These Years

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Courtney and Brian Luscher are this amazing husband and wife team that make The Grape the legendary restaurant it is today. Their restaurant is 46-years old this month but have been owners since 2007. At the time they purchased the restaurant for its original owners, Kathy McDaniel and Charlotte Parker, the market crashed nearly the same day they signed papers of ownership.  Continue reading

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KĀI Opens Today in Legacy West

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Plano’s booming Legacy West development will soon be home to one of the most highly anticipated new dining destinations in all of North Texas: KĀI, an original Japanese-themed concept from the legendary Lombardi family.

The family-run restaurant company recently began construction on its first KĀI location at 7301 Windrose Ave. in Plano, in anticipation of a late summer grand opening. This is the third Lombardi Family Concepts restaurant to open in Legacy West – the most of any restaurant group in the development. Taverna opened in November 2017, and Toulouse opened March 2018. Continue reading

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