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. Mediterranean favorite Ali Baba faces abrupt closure in Lakewood. Ali Baba's last day in Lakewood was December 24. "That branch has been open since 2009, and we liked Lakewood, but it didn't have the daytime business we need," said spokeswoman Natalie Meyer. Owners Adam and Jalal Chanaa are scouting for other suitable locations in Dallas.
2. Dallas Love Field airport makes important changes concerning parking and pie. In the post-Wright Amendment world, Dallas Love Field has a number of changes underway — changes the airport describes as new and exciting. We evaluated the updates, including more parking and new security rules involving cakes and pies.
3. The best restaurants in Dallas to celebrate New Year's Eve 2014. New Year's Eve brings different kinds of merriment, from the rowdy party in a bar to the rowdy party at your friend's house. There's a time for rowdy parties, and that's midnight. But dinner comes first, and these Dallas restaurants are ready to serve.
4. New real estate report reveals it costs Dallasites twice as much to rent than buy. A new study from real estate site Zillow found that paying a monthly mortgage is more than twice as affordable as paying rent. What's more, it's now more affordable to buy a home than it was 15 years ago, even for young people putting down less money.
5. 18th & Vine to do Kansas City-style BBQ in controversial Herrera's space. A new restaurant called 18th & Vine Barbeque is taking over the space on Throckmorton at Maple that was going to house Herrera's, the famed Tex-Mex restaurant. Construction is underway, and the target date for opening is spring 2015.