Editor’s note: Another week has come and gone, and there’s a lot we all probably missed. But we’re looking out for you, kid. Here are the most popular stories from this past week:
1. Top North Texas builders lay out all the trendy home features for 2016. We asked some of the top homebuilders in North Texas to take a break from their busy schedules (and boy are they busy) to give us their predictions for 2016 homebuilding trends.
2. Alamo Drafthouse drops out of Little Elm location so another theater swoops in. Alamo Drafthouse has been on a roll recently in Dallas-Fort Worth, but now the theater chain has dropped out of its planned outpost in Little Elm, leaving room for a similar concept, Flix Brewhouse, to move in.
3. Parliament team gives Dallas a boozy knuckle sandwich on Greenville Avenue. A sandwich shop with great cocktails is going into the former Vagabond space on Greenville Avenue. Called Knuckle Sandwich Company, it comes from legendary cocktail king Eddie "Lucky" Campbell and partner Andrew Brimecome, the team behind the successful Parliament bar in Uptown Dallas.
4. These Dallas suburbs best the rest in U.S. for friendliness to young families. The subtext of Apartment List’s ranking of the best cities for young families is this: Move to the Dallas suburbs. Not only do four show up in the top 10, but another four can be found within the top 50, all earning a total rating of A- or better.
5. Dallas’ latest in-town drinking patio has a Smokey fetish. It’s probably safe to say that the inspiration for East Bound and Down Ice House, a new bar opening on Ross Avenue, is unique. The theme is the kitschy ’70s movie Smokey and the Bandit, starring Burt Reynolds as the bandit (not the HBO series of the same name, as one might presume).