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1. Pan-Asian restaurant brings the bao to prized spot near downtown Dallas. A new restaurant has snared the prized spot near downtown Dallas vacated by Joyce & Gigi's. Called Alice, it's a pan-Asian restaurant that will reside at 1623 N. Hall St., next to Fiction Coffee, with a target opening date of March 1.
2. Whimsical surprise awaits upstairs in historic Highland Park mansion. This historic Highland Park Colonial Revival home now on the market, at 3621 Cornell Ave., ticks all the boxes for anyone looking for a family home in a great neighborhood — a family that appreciates history and wants to put down deep roots. There's even a colorful surprise upstairs.
3. Only 2 Dallas restaurants make the cut for Texas Monthly best list. Only two Dallas restaurants made the just-released list of 10 best new restaurants from Texas Monthly: Sachet, the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant from Gemma chef/owner Stephen Rogers and his wife, Allison Yoder; and Bullion, the downtown Dallas restaurant from former Mansion chef Bruno Davaillon that offers a lighter take on classic French fare.
4. Mysterious baby hippopotamus dies shortly after birth at Dallas Zoo. Another animal has died at the Dallas Zoo, this one a baby hippopotamus that died shortly after its birth on February 17. This was the first hippopotamus born at the zoo's ballyhooed new $13.5 million-Simmons Hippo Outpost.
5. Dallas is home to one of country’s biggest concentrations of McMansions. To be sure, North Texas is heralded for its massive ranches and sprawling estates. But it turns out the Dallas area also is a mecca for McMansions. According to a new ranking from Realtor.com, Dallas is the sixth most McMansion-y metro area among the country’s 150 biggest metros.