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Badovinus and Barsotti To Open Concepts In Highland Park Village

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Nationally renowned chefs and local culinary champions, Nick Badovinus (Neighborhood Services, Montlake Cut, Off-Site Kitchen, Town Hearth) and Julian Barsotti (Sprezza, Nonna and Carbone’s), are partnering to open two concepts in Highland Park Village this fall in the location that was previously Village Kitchen, Toko V, and Village Marquee.

Fachini and Perfect Union Pizza Co. are the unique result of the dynamic duo’s culinary creativity and identifying the perfect location. Both Italian restaurants, guests will be able to savor two different styles and settings.   Continue reading

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Review: Five Creeks Tavern

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Five Creeks Tavern in Highland Park Village is located in a space which has had past identity troubles. Those troubles seem to have magically vanished in light of this new Italian hot spot that caters evenly to local families and  single adults alike. The menu is decidedly red checkered table cloth Italian replete with one of the better examples of VPN Neapolitan pizza made in an imported wood burning oven, a slew of pasta dishes where guests can easily mix and match sauces and pasta varieties.   Continue reading

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Royal Blue Grocery to Open Late September in Highland Park Village

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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