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. Longtime Uptown restaurant and watering hole Thomas Avenue Beverage Co. closes its doors. Located at the corner of Thomas Avenue (natch) and Allen Street, TABC was known as much for the food as it was for when the lights went down and the place transformed into a proper bar. In a notice taped to the window and dated December 31, 2012, J. Elmer Turner Realtors locked out TABC and owner Russell Hayward for failure to pay rent.
2. Dreamy Hollywood actor George Clooney spotted in Dallas. If you were a big somebody in the Dallas-Fort Worth spirits world, you got to sip tequila with Clooney, who was in town this week to promote a new tequila he's launching with hotel impresario Rande Gerber called Casamigos.
3. Sexy new speakeasy Kennedy Room stirs up cocktails and history in Uptown. Someone had to do it, and it's a surprise no one did before now: open a bar called the Kennedy Room, especially now that we'll be marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November of this year.
4. Addictive cookie butter tops the list of most popular Trader Joe's products of 2012. Trader Joe's has only recently opened in Texas, but one tradition that precedes the discount gourmet grocer's arrival is its annual listing of its most popular, best-selling products. The No. 1 item this year is Speculoos cookie butter, which tastes like spreadable gingerbread.
5. Dallas theater community remembers passionate and beloved performer Jeff Kinman. Singer, actor and voice coach Jeff Kinman died in the early hours of December 28 at Legacy Founders Cottage, the Oak Cliff hospice where he spent the last two weeks of his life. "He leaves a void in our theater community that no one will ever fill," says fellow voice coach and actress Wendy Welch.