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November 2011 Archive

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Matt Spillers, chef-owner of Bishop Arts eateries Eno's Pizza Tavern and Oddfellows, is opening a "nano-brewery" called Union Bear, in the West Village complex in Uptown Dallas. There'll be a menu of snacks and small plates but the emphasis will be on brewing beer. Spillers says the beer will be brewed onsite, and he'll also invite well-known brewers to come and make experimental beers. Customers can sample brews or try their hand at making their own, to share with family or give as gifts. The venue will go into the old Social House/Nikita space, and is slated to open by the end of 2011. Union Bear, West Village, 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204, no phone.
Maid-Rite Diner, the Midwestern casual-dining favorite known for "loose meat" ground beef sandwiches, is expanding into North Texas. Local franchisee Bruce Lund, whose family is originally from Illinois, is targeting the Fort Worth area, and will open his first branch in Arlington, at 4101 West Greens Oaks Boulevard, in early 2012. It'll also serve food from the two other culinary concepts Maid-Rite offers: Broaster's Chicken and Smoking Good Barbecue. Maid-Rite Diner, 4101 West Greens Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76016, no phone.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse will open a second branch of its more casual Del Frisco's Grille in Dallas's Uptown district at One McKinney Plaza, in the same building as Private Social, the restaurant featuring "Top Chef" Tiffany Derry. (The first Del Frisco's Grille opened in New York in August 2011.) In addition to the steaks and seafood featured at its steakhouse cousin, Del Frisco's Grille will offer mid-priced sandwiches, flatbreads, and salads. A wine list with about 500 labels will be buttressed by a selection of craft beers, cocktails, and signature shots on tap. The space will hold two bars and a broad patio, as befits its Uptown location, and will be open for lunch, dinner and brunch on Saturday and Sunday, with carbonara flatbreads, chicken fried steak & eggs, and a unique red-velvet Belgian waffle. Del Frisco's Grille, One McKinney Plaza, 3232 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204, 972-807-6152.

News Bytes

Original Pancake House Near Addison Adds Espresso Bar
As part of it relocation into a bigger space, The Original Pancake House near Addison has added dinner hours and an Italian-style coffee bar and lounge featuring a full menu of espresso drinks. Dinner items include chicken & waffles and a turkey wrap sandwich. Part of the Portland, Oregon-based franchise, this is the only Original Pancake House in the chain to stay open through dinner. It's open until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 24 hours on Friday and Saturday. The Original Pancake House, Village on the Parkway, 5220 Belt Line Rd., Dallas, TX 75254, 972-385-6468.

Chef Shuffle

Chef Casey Thompson, who achieved some fame as a contestant on "Top Chef," announced that she would no longer be serving as consulting chef of Brownstone restaurant. Thompson, who continues to appear on various special editions of the "Top Chef" series, moved to Northern California and intends to open a restaurant in the Napa Valley area. Brownstone, 840 Currie St., Fort Worth, TX 76107, 817-332-1555.


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Tramontana, chef James Neel's cozy bistro in North Dallas, has closed after more than a decade of business. Tramontana, 8220 Westchester Dr., Dallas, TX 75225, no phone.

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