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Owners of The Charles Announce Formation of Duro Hospitality, Upcoming Projects

Duro Hospitality, the group behind the beloved Design District hot spots The Charles, Bar Charles, and its newest hot spot Sister, is proud to formally announce the establishment of their hospitality firm specializing in operations, concepting, development and design focused on restaurants, bars, hotels and multi-family projects. 

Duro Hospitality was created in 2020 as a collective approach to creating unique and inspiring hospitality brands and experiences. The founding managing partners – Chas Martin, Benji Homsey, Corbin See and Ross See – each bring unique expertise and talents to the team that contribute to the overall success of the group. 

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Low Down on the King of Cheeses: Parmigiano-Reggiano

Parmigiano-Reggiano is a hard, dry cheese made from skimmed or partially skimmed cow’s milk. It has a hard pale-golden rind and a straw-colored interior with a rich, sharp flavor. Parmigiano-Reggianos are aged at least two years. Parmesan cheese labeled stravecchio has been aged three years, while stravecchiones are four or more years old.

Their complex flavor and extremely granular texture are a result of the long aging. Parmigiano-Reggiano has been called the “King of Cheeses” and Italians don’t just slap this phrase on any old cheese. There are criteria that have to be followed.

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Things To Do: Weekends at Eataly Dallas

Throughout the month, Eataly is celebrating the company’s 15th anniversary with its annual Sale-a-brate, where shoppers can find hundreds of products up to 50% off. To honor the occasion, Eataly Dallas is showcasing their specialties with demonstrations, tastings, workshops, and over-the-top offerings every weekend in January.

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Statler’s Waterproof becomes “Winterproof” beginning Wednesday, Dec. 1

Waterproof, the rooftop lounge at the iconic Statler, offers expansive, breathtaking views of downtown Dallas. But when the temperatures drop, you just might be able to see that breath. That’s why the lounge is offering a sky-high escape where guests can stay nice and cozy this winter. For the third year in a row, Waterproof is offering a Winterproof Wonderland with the chance to celebrate in “Snow Clouds” for your party of two to eight to celebrate the season in style. The Winterproof celebration begins this year on Dec. 1, when guests can first experience this ski lodge themed magic. 

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The Chicken That Makes The Coyotes Howl On The Ranch At Las Colinas

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The Ranch at Las Colinas is just that. It is like being invited to dinner at a giant hacienda, and all your friends are there. On a most recent visit I flipped out over the fried chicken, which is the most unusual and flavorful I have tasted ever. The fried chicken at Stampede is pretty remarkable, with its oozing honey pot center, but this is much different. The chicken is first smoked, then fried. If I was some sort of spiritual speaker I would take this opportunity to lean down in front of you and repeat, “smoked… then fried!” Can I get an amen?   Continue reading

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Duro Hospitality, which includes Chas Martin, Benji Homsey, Corbin See, Ross See, and chef-partner J Chastain, and is known best for the beloved Design District hot spot The Charles, is proud to announce their next concept, Sister. Sister marks a new chapter in the location of the famed The Grape, a Dallas icon for over 40 years.

Situated on Lower Greenville, Sister will serve East Dallas and minutes from I-75 and Highland Park. This will mark Duro Hospitality’s first venture outside of the Design District, which has been home to The Charles since 2018. The team looks forward to bringing accessible yet elevated neighborhood fare to Greenville Ave. and to the East Dallas dining scene.

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