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Fernando's Mexican Cuisine, the Tex-Mex restaurant located in tony Preston Hollow, will open a second branch in Travis Walk, in the former Il Sole space. Manager Omar Hernandez says that the menu will be the same as the original, including its signature trio of salsas: traditional red, cilantro lime and avocado cream. Situated above Villa-O, the location has an amazing patio that overlooks Travis Walk, and will also feature weekend brunch. Fernando's Mexican Cuisine, Travis Walk, 4514 Travis St., Dallas, TX 75205, no phone available.
Bob's Steak & Chop House heads the list of restaurants going into the new Omni Dallas Hotel at the Convention Center in downtown Dallas. This will be the fifth Bob's location in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Other eateries inside the hotel include Texas Spice, the all-day breakfast-lunch-and-dinner casual dining spot specializing in homey Southern dishes; a sports bar called The Owner's Box, which boasts private game-watching tables; and Uptown Terrace, a patio cantina on the fourth floor that overlooks the hotel's infinity pool. The hotel is slated to open on Nov. 11. Bob's Steak & Chop House, Omni Dallas Hotel, 555 S. Lamar St., Dallas, TX 75202, 214-744-6664.
Buoyed by the success of Nosh Euro Bistro, owners Avner and Celeste Samuel will expand in October with the opening of a second location in Plano on Park Boulevard, a block east of Preston. They're going into the space that was recently vacated by Sushi Awaji. As befits a suburban spot, there'll a larger patio, bigger bar, more expansive dining room and an eighteen-foot community table with a bird's-eye view of the action in the kitchen. Nosh Euro Bistro, 4701 W. Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75093, 214-528-9400.

News Bytes

Chef Aaron Sanchez Debuts New Menu at House of Blues in Dallas
House of Blues, the venerable rock club, has premiered a new in-house dining concept called "Crossroads at House of Blues" with a menu created by chef Aaron Sanchez, co-star of the Food Network's Chefs vs. City. Signature items include shrimp and grits, short rib meatball sliders, grilled flatbreads, chile-braised short ribs and street tacos. Sanchez was in Dallas on October 10 to introduce the dishes, many of which are taken straight from his cookbook Simple Food, Big Flavor. The menu will roll out at other branches of the House of Blues chain over the next few months. House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas, TX 75202, 214-978-2583.

Chef Shuffle

Bolsa in Oak Cliff, one of Dallas's most conscientious farm-to-table spots, has a new chef on board, Jeff Harris, who initially came to Dallas to work for Craft. He replaces chef Graham Dodds. In other Bolsa news, the restaurant will open a market-cafe in mid-November called Mercado, conveniently located two doors down from the Bolsa mother ship. Bolsa, 614 West Davis St., Dallas, TX 75208, 214-367-9367.
Deep Ellum pizzeria Il Cane Rosso welcomes a new pizzaiolo, Dino Santonicola, who hails from Naples, Italy, the birthplace of the Neapolitan-style pizzeria for which Il Cane Rosso is known. Santonicola made pizza at Naples spots such as Fiorenzano Pizzeria and Brandi Pizzeria before moving to Seattle in 2004 to help start up Via Tribunali Pizzeria. He and Il Cane Rosso owner Jay Jerrier will share duties on the pizza oven, while chef Matt Reddick will continue to oversee pastas, sandwiches and salads in the kitchen. Il Cane Rosso, 2612 Commerce Ave., Dallas, TX 75226, 214-741-1188.


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Boudreaux's Cajun Kitchen shut down its two Dallas-area locations, including a branch in Richardson that closed June 30, and another in Arlington that closed at the end of August. Founded in Houston in 1999, Boudreaux's is known for Cajun dishes such as seafood jambalaya and crawfish etouffee. It has five branches around Houston and entered the Dallas market in 2008, but a company spokeswoman said that the Dallas outlets never drew enough business. Boudreaux's Cajun Kitchen, 720 East Campbell Rd., Richardson, TX 75080, 972-437-6800.

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