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. Why Dallas-Fort Worth’s real estate market may start to simmer. At the MetroTex Association of Realtor’s annual “state of the DFW Real Estate union,” Dr. James Gaines, chief economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, told 300-plus Dallas-Fort Worth real estate agents that they might expect a slowdown in the frenetic market we are experiencing, to what he called a “new norm”: 2.3 percent growth instead of the 3, 4, or 5 percent we have been seeing.
2. Stoner pizza chain seizes desirable spot on Dallas’ Henderson Avenue. A pizza chain new to Dallas has seized a prominent spot on hot-hot Henderson Avenue: Mellow Mushroom, the Atlanta-based restaurant noted for pizzas with trippy names and a stoner vibe. This branch, at 2326 Henderson Ave. (formerly Hacienda on Henderson), represents the first branch in central Dallas.
3. Downtown Dallas hotel restores New Orleans restaurant tradition. The Westin Dallas Downtown, a new hotel that’s repurposing an iconic downtown skyscraper, will open with a trio of restaurants, including one with a New Orleans theme: NOLA Brasserie. Having a New Orleans restaurant in that spot will be a magical thing in that it will evoke a historical connection with the site: In the ’60s, it was home to the only Dallas branch of Brennan’s, the famed Creole restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter.
4. Dallas barbecue joints get tasty nod from magazine authority. Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn included two local barbecue restaurants in his roundup of the top 25 new and improved BBQ joints in Texas: Slow Bone and Cattleack BBQ. Vaughn, a Dallas native, admits his love for his home city’s barbecue, saying it has "grown by leaps and bounds."
5. Dude, Plano is next to receive Dallas’ favored funky chocolate shop. Charming old downtown Plano is about to get sweeter with the addition of a chocolate shop: Dallas’ Dude, Sweet Chocolate. It goes into a prime spot on the brick-street-lined main strip, at 1016 E. 15th St., in what was previously a women’s clothing store called La Belle Boutique.