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Po Melvin Schools Us In The Art Of Black-Eyed Peas, Just For Good Luck

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Black-eyed peas are a New Year’s Day “good luck” tradition.  But for Mel LeMane, the Southern staple is something more.  Black-eyed peas literally launched his family into the restaurant business, and they’re the most requested side dish at Po’ Melvin’s, which serves up Southern comfort fare from an unassuming strip mall space in Irving.   Continue reading

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Finding Tamales in Dallas

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As the holidays continue and we ready for the new year, many will offer blessings for our heart and hearth.And nothing blesses my hearth more than a few dozen tamales lovingly hand-made in homes or selected from a steaming basket that an experienced tamale-maker offers as she passes from office to office. For those who do not possess the skills nor the energy to craft their own tamales, DFW  is rich with eager cooks willing to share their bounty.

Local chef Stephan Pyles co-authored a book on tamales and makes literally thousands of them for the holiday season. Says Pyles, “West Texas has heavy southern and Hispanic influences and one of my favorite early memories is my discovery of tamales. I was most intrigued by the fact that they came in their own special ‘gift-wrapping.’ That early fascination was enough inspiration for me to compose an entire book on the subject.”

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Covid Damage to Dallas Dining Scene

Let’s take a look at some of the havoc the pandemic has done with regards to Dallas area restaurants. The list isn’t pretty and left a hole on our dining scene. The list is far from complete and far from being over.

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Rooftop Life-Sized Snow Globes and Bubbles To Celebrate the Season

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 way for you to stay nice and cozy this winter. For the second year in a row, Waterproof is offering life-size Snow Globes for your party of 2 to 8 to bundle in and stay warm – and socially distanced from others. 

The Snow Globes – which must be reserved in advance – come in two sizes: One is large enough for a lively party of 8, while three are just right for two to four people to comfortably enjoy an evening.  The large Globe requires a food and beverage minimum of $600 for two hours, and the smaller globes have a minimum of $200 for two hours.

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Jack Gibbons CEO of Rebranded Front Burner

Winston Churchill once famously said, “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

The executive team at Front Burner Restaurants, LLC took those words to heart during the category-crushing COVID crisis, reshaping and repositioning the company’s portfolio of concepts under a new brand – FB Society – and adopting a 360-degree approach to deliver unrivaled experiences to both their employees and guests.

The award-winning multi-concept operator – which counts among its distinctive restaurant brands Whiskey CakeSixty VinesMexican SugarIda Claire and Haywire – used the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to analyze and double-down on key elements of its success. The result: a fully integrated collection of brands uniquely positioned for long-term growth and success, and a leadership team focused on WHY.

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Tango Frogs Return

For six years, the late Texas artist Bob “Daddy-O” Wade’s beloved “Tango Frogs” — a collection of three 10-foot-tall frog sculptures perched atop Taco Cabana’s former Dallas Greenville location — brought joy to Taco Cabana guests and passerby. Following the location’s closure earlier this year, several members of the Dallas community have begged the question, “what will happen to the frogs?” Today, Taco Cabana has officially announced their new home. 

Today, Taco Cabana will donate the “Tango Frogs” to the Truck Yard at 5624 Sears St. off Lowest Greenville Avenue in Dallas where they will take up permanent residence. The “Tango Frogs” will be prominently positioned atop the popular beer garden’s roof facing Sears St., welcoming visitors to the venue. 

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