Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines.
1. New Dallas soul food restaurant promises made-from-scratch comforts. There's a great new restaurant opening in southwest Dallas with some serious comfort food, made from scratch. Called Soul 2 Soul Southern Kitchen, it promises to "continue the tradition of this African-American legacy called 'Soul Food.'"
2. 2 Dallas-area JCPenney stores shut down for good post COVID-19 outbreak. Plano-based JCPenney, which just filed for bankruptcy protection, will now permanently close nearly 30 percent of its 846 stores, or 192 stores across the U.S. Two of those stores are in the Dallas area.
3. Teso Life, another cool Japanese boutique, opens Dallas-area store. If you like Daiso and Kinokuniya Books, then the newest Japanese retailer coming to the Dallas area is going to be right up your alley: Teso Life, which specializes in Japanese lifestyle products, is opening a location at Carrollton Town Center just above North Dallas.
4. Spotty address on Dallas' Ross Avenue welcomes new pink palace restaurant. An unusual restaurant and lounge has opened along the Ross Avenue corridor leading into downtown Dallas in a space with a spotty past. Called XOXO Dining Room, it's opening at 3121 Ross Ave., a location most previously occupied by Republic Ranch.
5. Handsome new restaurant north of Dallas brings back clubby pre-COVID vibe. There's a restaurant newly open to the Grandscape development of The Colony named for its distinctive decorative element: Called Seven Doors Kitchen & Cocktails, it features a collection of stunning French colonial doors placed strategically throughout the restaurant to establish zones and also serve as works of art.