This Week's Hot Headlines

New Broadway stars and sad restaurant closings top 5 most popular stories this week

New Broadway stars and restaurant closings top 5 most popular stories

Sarah Elizabeth Smith and Idina Menzel
Sarah Elizabeth Smith (left) might have a future on Broadway after an impromptu performance with Idina Menzel. Photo courtesy of Sarah Elizabeth Smith
The Mecca Restaurant in Lakewood
The Mecca Restaurant in Lakewood will close on April 27 at 5 pm. The Mecca Restaurant/Facebook
Dean Fearing and the Lost Coyote Band
Dean Fearing has been nominated for best chef in CultureMap's first annual Tastemaker Awards. Photo courtesy of American Red Cross
Southwest Center Mall
A man who led police on a car chase was shot and killed outside Southwest Center Mall in Dallas. Photo courtesy of Labelscar.com
Brent Christopher, CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas
Brent Christopher, CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas, shows off renderings of a new $8 million housing development for the homeless. Courtesy photo
Sarah Elizabeth Smith and Idina Menzel
The Mecca Restaurant in Lakewood
Dean Fearing and the Lost Coyote Band
Southwest Center Mall
Brent Christopher, CEO of Communities Foundation of Texas

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. Dallas actress sings onstage with Broadway's Idina Menzel and nails it. When Sarah Elizabeth Smith took the microphone following a performance of Broadway's If/Then last weekend, it's hard to tell who was more surprised: Smith, whose family had just won a charity auction to get her onstage, or the show's star, Idina Menzel, when Smith brought down the house.

2. Last call for cinnamon rolls: Mecca Restaurant is closing. If you want your oversized cinnamon roll, you'd best get it this weekend: The Mecca Restaurant will close its current location in Lakewood on Sunday, April 27, at 5 pm. However, the owners are searching for a new and better home. "There won't be a new Mecca until we find a new location," manager Alicia Ramon said.

3. Best new restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth square off in Tastemaker challenge. CultureMap is proud to introduce the Tastemaker Awards, an annual celebration of the talent in Dallas' food and drink community, as selected by their peers. But readers can cast their votes to determine the winner in one important category: Best New Restaurant. All of the winners will be unveiled at the big event May 6.

4. Dallas police reveal disturbing new details about shooting death of car chase suspect. Michael Mayo, a 30-year-old white male, was shot and killed by police when he allegedly pointed a weapon at officers outside Southwest Center Mall. Mayo led police on a 30-minute chase through Dallas. During his getaway, police say that Mayo nearly struck an officer with the car.

5. Dallas breaks ground on $8 million housing project for chronically homeless. Funded by a public-private partnership between the City of Dallas and charity groups, the Cottages at Hickory Crossing will provide homes and supportive services for 50 Dallas residents with a history of mental illness and incarceration. The project is located on a wooded, 2.7-acre site just south of downtown Dallas.