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. Grab a table at the 10 best neighborhood restaurants in Dallas. We're counting the days until the 2017 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, our annual event honoring the best in local food and drink. We've already visited with the candidates for Rising Star Chef of the Year. Now we're back with Best Neighborhood Restaurant. These are the places that best reflect the neighborhood where they live. They're the places that become your reliable go-to. These are the places that feel like home.
2. Police make arrest in hit-and-run death of woman in Uptown Dallas. An arrest has been made in the hit-and-run accident in Uptown Dallas that resulted in the death of 23-year-old Rachel Spelman. John Esparza, 29, was arrested in Madill, Oklahoma, by Dallas police who tracked him down after receiving a tip from a relative regarding his whereabouts.
3. Tim Headington blows up Dallas Design District with new restaurants. The opening is near for the trio of restaurants in the Dallas Design District from Tim Headington, developer and owner of The Joule hotel in downtown Dallas. The three restaurants include a gastropub called Wheelhouse, a Cal-Ital eatery called Sassetta, and a grab-and-go concept called Go Go.
4. Unrefined Bakery shutters original Dallas location for new address. After six-plus years, Unrefined Bakery, the gluten-free sweets purveyor, is closing its original location on Buckner Boulevard and moving to a surprising new address. The new shop will be at 6464 E. Northwest Hwy., better known as Medallion Center, and will open in mid-March.
5. Inhale these good reasons why Dallas should decriminalize marijuana. Can you smell that? It's bud. Marijuana. Sweet Mary Jane. Call it what you want, the bitter-sweet aroma of weed is up in the air with a hazy debate over its legality underway. The discussions could change how Dallas, and even Texas, deal with the punishment for the possession of pot, to the point of decriminalization.