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New swimwear is a perfect fit in this week's 5 hottest Dallas headlines

This Week's Hot Headlines

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. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Dallas designer launches uplifting swimwear for women with itty bitty fit issue. Highland Park native and TCU grad Hartley Lynn launched SABAL, a new brand of swimwear for women with smaller chests, on August 22. Designed for AA to C cups, SABAL swimsuits are specially designed to retain their shape and feel in and out of the water. The line currently includes two bikini top styles and two bottom piece styles, plus one style of one-pieces.

2. Kroger reboots in Frisco just in time for great supermarket battle of 2022. The supermarket throwdown is on in Frisco, and Kroger is readying for battle. The grocery store chain just celebrated the reopening its store at 3205 Main St. The renovation was completed in the nick of time to preempt the earth-shattering imminent arrival of H-E-B, which will open on September 21.

3. New restaurant with affordable Japanese-style comfort food warms up Plano. A new Japanese restaurant has come to Plano with a unique and authentic approach to dining. Called Tokyo Shokudo, its goal is to offer the Japanese "Teishoku" experience, said to be reminiscent of everyday dining in Tokyo. It officially opened at 4709 Parker Rd. #450 on September 15.

4. Fashionistas live la dolce vita at Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas events. Known as the unofficial opener of fall gala season in Dallas, Crystal Charity Ball's Ten Best Dressed Women of Dallas event has become so popular that this year it was done in shifts. The traditional morning gathering at Neiman Marcus NorthPark Center was followed by an evening assembly, both of which began with a Champagne and Aperol spritz reception and finished with a daring fashion show from Dolce & Gabbana.

5. Audacious over-the-top brunch spot from the Northeast debuts in Dallas. A New England-based brunch restaurant with some crazy, over-the-top food and drink is headed for Dallas: Called The Place 2 Be, it's a small chain from Connecticut opening its first location outside of the Northeast in Dallas' Victory Park, at 2401 Victory Park Ln., the space that used to be Dibs on Victory.

SABAL currently consists of two bikini top styles and two bottom piece styles, plus one style of one-pieces.

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SABAL currently consists of two bikini top styles and two bottom piece styles, plus one style of one-pieces.
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Audacious over-the-top brunch spot from the Northeast debuts in Dallas

Brunch News

A New England-based brunch restaurant with some crazy, over-the-top food and drink is headed for Dallas: Called The Place 2 Be, it's a small chain from Connecticut opening its first location outside of the Northeast in Dallas' Victory Park, at 2401 Victory Park Ln., the space that used to be Dibs on Victory, the massive short-lived sports bar.

According to a release, it's a ways off, with an opening sometime in 2023.

They describe "TP2B" as an audacious brand, that's a good word, popular on social media for its over-the-top plating and "content-friendly" decor, also a good word.

That includes over-the-top dishes and drinks, the most over-the-top probably being a cocktail called Drink My Bathwater with rose, sangria, and prosecco, served in a bathtub-shaped white glass, dressed up with sour gummies, colored sprinkles, and mini rubber duckies. Decor is often similarly whimsical, with neon signs, swing chairs, and a full-sized bathtub filled with plastic pearls, which many crawl into for photo ops.

There are currently four locations: three in Connecticut in West Hartford, Downtown Hartford, and the South End of Hartford, they've got all of the Hartfords covered, plus a fourth in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, plus two more in the works.

Dallas will be the seventh, and the largest yet with nearly 6,900 square feet. It'll also be their only location to date with a rooftop patio and view of American Airlines Center, how scenic.

Two Food Network Chopped alums run the culinary side: Chef Xavier Santiago, Culinary Director, and Chef Maurice "Mo" Major, Assistant Culinary Director.

The menu is different at each location, but all include breakfast foods plus burgers, salads, wraps, melts, and a big selection of coffee and espresso drinks.

For breakfast, there are omelets, benedicts, pancakes, waffles, chicken & waffles, and French toasts in varieties such as Churro French toast, featuring challah bread topped with a churro-buttercream-chocolate and dulce de leche drizzle.

Cookies 'N Cream Oreo Pancakes is an exercise in sweet excess, featuring five pancakes topped with crumble Oreos, vanilla sauce, chocolate sauce, powder sugar, Oreo cookie sandwiches, whipped cream, and maple syrup.

A Steak and Cheese Quesadilla has rib eye, onions, peppers, mushrooms, American cheese, spicy mayo, and a sunny side egg.

Cuban Ruben is a blend of two sandwiches — a Cuban and a Rueben — stacked excessively tall with three slices of thick white bread topped with ham, American cheese, pickles, pastrami, pickled onions, Swiss cheese, and spicy mustard.

The Hangry Grilled Cheese is made with Italian bread, American cheese, mozzarella, ham, bacon, cheese sauce, and a sunny side egg, with choice of French fries or curly fries.

Beverages include humongous milkshakes in flavors such as Cotton Candy and Birthday Cake, which can be spiked with alcohol. A full bar includes cocktails such as the Booty Call, a $45 sharable drink containing tequila and blue raspberry that's served in a bum-shaped vessel; and the Big Ass Mimosa, a $60 drink served in an oversized tulip glass that's bigger than your arm.

Menu categories are sassy, such as the section of waffles and pancakes labeled "WAP," or the Day Drinking category that features a drink called Go Bottomless! (refilled cautiously with an eye towards over-imbibing).

Being picture-ready for social media is a priority, but they also strive to operate differently, from staff compensation to creating a cohesive atmosphere.

The Place 2 Be is part of The Statement Group, a female-only owned restaurant group, founded in Hartford by Gina Luari who opened the first location in 2016. She says in a statement that Dallas represents a big step.

"For the first time ever, we are taking The Place 2 Be outside of New England — the first of more national locations to come," Luari says. "We couldn't be more excited to share our brand's bold and cheeky brunch experience with such an iconic city and its amazing community; a community whose passion is a defining trait, as it is for TP2B."

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New restaurant at Plano food hall serves brunch and breakfast all day and night

Brunch News

Legacy Hall, the food hall in Plano, has a new concept that is all about brunch. Called Brunch Club, it's serving breakfast and brunch at all hours including all day and late at night.

This new concept opened a few weeks ago with a menu heavy on Southern comfort food. It's located on the third floor, next to High bar, in a space that was previously Degenhardt's Brat Haus. Bye brats.

According to a release, Brunch Club is the brainchild of chef Brett Curtis, creator of The Dock food truck and founder of Dock Local, the seafood concept he opened at Legacy Hall in 2020, who was inspired to open this new offering because of his love for breakfast.

The release also says Curtis himself eats breakfast for dinner multiple times a week. It's true.

"Brunch Club is a place that offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a family-friendly day out, a work lunch, or a late-night out with live music and dancing," he says in a statement. "Brunch Club adds a unique offering to the food hall that we feel complements the programming and existing eateries."

The menu at Brunch Club features dishes such as

  • Crab Cake Benedict - lump crab cakes, poached eggs, creole hollandaise, spinach, gouda grits or country potatoes
  • Steak ‘N’ Eggs - flat iron steak, chimichurri sauce, eggs, gouda grits or country potatoes
  • Shrimp ‘N’ Grits - cheese grits, shrimp, smoked sausage, bacon, white wine Cajun butter sauce
  • Buttermilk Cakes - 3 buttermilk pancakes, syrup, sea salt, and whipped butter
  • Country Eggs - eggs, country potatoes, bacon or sausage, and toast

Other bites include Nashville hot fish sliders, fried green tomatoes, beignets, nachos, sticky ribs, and spinach queso.

They call it a menu that satisfies a craving for brunch any time of day.

This is a troubling trend beginning to foment. No one knows better than CultureMap that brunch is hugely popular — but a key element of that popularity is that brunch is not available all day every day. It's a special-occasion thing for weekends (more specifically, weekend day drinking), a respite from the other days. Having brunch available any time you want seems like the best way to destroy the mystique of brunch. Tread carefully!

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New restaurant at Plano food hall serves brunch and breakfast all day and night

Brunch News

Legacy Hall, the food hall in Plano, has a new concept that is all about brunch. Called Brunch Club, it's serving breakfast and brunch at all hours including all day and late at night.

This new concept opened a few weeks ago with a menu heavy on Southern comfort food. It's located on the third floor, next to High Bar, in a space that was previously Degenhardt's Brat Haus. Bye brats, hi brunch.

According to a release, Brunch Club is the brainchild of chef Brett Curtis, creator of The Dock food truck and founder of Dock Local, the seafood concept he opened at Legacy Hall in 2020, who was inspired to open this new offering because of his love for breakfast.

The release also says Curtis himself eats breakfast for dinner multiple times a week. It's true.

"Brunch Club is a place that offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a family-friendly day out, a work lunch, or a late-night out with live music and dancing," he says in a statement. "Brunch Club adds a unique offering to the food hall that we feel complements the programming and existing eateries."

The menu at Brunch Club features dishes such as

  • Crab Cake Benedict - crab cakes, poached eggs, creole hollandaise, spinach, gouda grits or country potatoes
  • Steak ‘N’ Eggs - flat iron steak, chimichurri sauce, eggs, gouda grits or country potatoes
  • Shrimp ‘N’ Grits - cheese grits, shrimp, smoked sausage, bacon, white wine Cajun butter sauce
  • Buttermilk Cakes - 3 buttermilk pancakes, syrup, sea salt, and whipped butter
  • Country Eggs - eggs, country potatoes, bacon or sausage, and toast

Other bites include Nashville hot fish sliders, fried green tomatoes, beignets, nachos, sticky ribs, and spinach queso.

They call it a menu that satisfies a craving for brunch any time of day.

This is a troubling trend beginning to foment. No one knows better than CultureMap that brunch is hugely popular — but a key element of that popularity is that brunch is not available all day every day. It's a special-occasion thing for weekends (more specifically, weekend day drinking), a respite from the other days. Having brunch available any time you want seems like the best way to destroy the mystique of brunch. Do not anger the brunch gods.

Seven Mile Cafe

Denton breakfast café thrills far east Dallas with new location in Mesquite

Brunch News

A beloved Denton-based breakfast chain expands its Dallas-Fort Worth footprint with a new location coming soon to a city that dearly deserves it: Mesquite.

Seven Mile Cafe, the healthy restaurant noted for bountiful breakfasts and vegan-friendly fare, is opening a location at 3817 Pavillion Court, in a space that was most recently Zenna Thai and Japanese Restaurant. The building faces 635 off Town East Boulevard in what is a growing restaurant row.

Seven Mile Cafe co-founded Kevin Klingele confirms it's coming but is quick to caution that the opening is still a ways down the road. Don't get antsy, people.

"We're excited, but it's still months away," he says.

He and his wife Josi founded Seven Mile Cafe in Denton in 2011. The couple moved here from San Francisco and named the restaurant after Seven Mile Beach in the Grand Cayman Islands, where they honeymooned.

Seven Mile is famous for fantastic breakfasts, including benedicts and numerous flavors of pancakes, including their signature pancake sampler comes with three different flavored pancakes: buttermilk, blueberry, and red velvet. In 2022, they were a nominee for Best Breakfast in CultureMap's annual Tastemaker Awards.

They also serve lunch and are a popular destination for vegans, thanks to their plentiful selection of non-meat dishes such as:

  • chicken & waffles made with vegan Beyond Chicken
  • vegan papas featuring hash browns topped with black beans and soyrizo
  • vigas, their twist on migas with tofu and soyrizo
  • biscuit breakfast sandwich with Just Egg, Beyond sausage, and vegan cheese
  • vegan French toast

This all makes them cutting-edge, since bountiful breakfasts and vegan food have emerged as two of the biggest trends in dining in recent years.

"Josi is vegan also and we make an enormous effort to offer a wide variety of vegan options on our menu," Kevin says.

They've grown slowly and carefully, and currently have five locations around Dallas-Fort Worth including Highland Village, Lewisville, Keller, which opened in 2016, and Fort Worth, which opened in 2019.

Mesquite is their first foray outside of their usual terrain in the northwest corner of the metroplex, and it represents a gift to a growing population of gentrifying types who've moved to areas on the far east side of Dallas such as Casa View, which is so happening that it also just got its own Starbucks, by the way.

The area they're going into is above Town East Mall, by LBJ Freeway and Town East Boulevard, where a number of more upscaley type businesses have opened including a Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store and a location of Blaze! Pizza.

The area will also likely see a renaissance following the completion of the 635 East Project, an 11-mile project that will add a lane in each direction, build continuous frontage roads along the corridor, and redo the interchange at I-635 and I-30. Construction began in early 2020 with an anticipated completion date of late 2024.

But there's still not much in the way of indie/vegan options on this side of town, making it likely this location will become as big a destination as their other five. These are people with vision.

"I think Mesquite is about to explode," Klingele says. "There's more retail, shopping, dining options. I see great things ahead for that area, especially once the freeway gets done."

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Texas hot spot hooks No. 1 ranking as best college city in America

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It might be a bit reductive to call Austin a college town, but that's what makes it so good. It certainly benefits from the creativity and industry of college living, but there's a lot more to do than go to gentrified lunches and cool, underground shows.

Recognizing this special balance, financial website WalletHub has declared Austin the No. 1 college city in the United States for 2023, beating out some obvious contenders like Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to being the best city overall, Austin also tops the large cities list, and is one of only two Texas locales represented in the top 10 of any category; the other is College Station, No. 6 on the small list.

The most represented state, perhaps not surprisingly, is Florida, with four cities in the overall top 10. The top 10 college cities for 2023, according to WalletHub, are:

1. Austin
2. Ann Arbor, Michigan
3. Orlando, Florida
4. Gainesville, Florida
5. Tampa, Florida
6. Rexburg, Idaho
7. Provo, Utah
8. Scottsdale, Arizona
9. Miami
10. Raleigh, North Carolina

And how did Austin make the grade? WalletHub looked at key metrics across three categories to determine the rankings.

Austin scored best, No. 12, in the “social environment” category, determined by metrics like students per capita; breweries, cafés, and food trucks per capita; and safety issues like vaccination and crime statistics.

Its ranking at No. 21 in the “academic & economic opportunities" category puts it in the 95th percentile, even above Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, famous for their Ivy League prevalence.

And perhaps unsurprising to those who currently reside in Austin, the Capital City ranked worst in "wallet friendliness,” at No. 204 out of 415.

Elsewhere in Texas, El Paso did well on the overall list at No. 36, followed by Houston (No. 64), Dallas (99), Fort Worth (153), and San Antonio (169).

Dallas landed well down the list in every category: wallet friendliness (226), academic & economic opportunities (168), and social environment (147).

Fort Worth fell even farther down the list in the same categories: wallet friendliness (242), academic & economic opportunities (201), and social environment (149).

Notably, cities that tend to fall lower in similar studies ranked relatively well among college towns.

These are the 9 best food and drink events in Dallas this week

This week in gluttony

Christmas spirit is in full swing, with all but one of this week’s events being holiday-themed. Check off pics with Santa for both the family and fur babies; take a Christmas cocktail-making class; sample holiday spirits from around the world; and stroll acres of candlelit walkways while indulging in holiday hors d’oeuvres and drinks – just to name a few. ‘Tis the season.

Tuesday, December 6

Caymus Wine Dinner at Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Decadent four-course meal features pairings with wines from award-winning Caymus. Courses include Stuffed Mushrooms with Shrimp, Rigatoni Al Forno with Chicken, Filet & Scallop Spiedino with Mashed Potatoes, and Crème Brulée, paired with Caymus wines including Cabernet Sauvignon and Conundrum Red Blend. The dinner is $75 starts at 6:30 pm. For the Dallas location, reserve here, and for Plano, reserve here.

Fontodi Wine Dinner at La Stella Cucina Verace
The Dallas Arts District Italian restaurant will host a five-course dinner paired with wines from Fontodi, a producer located in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. Courses will include beef carpaccio, butternut squash cappellacci with brown butter and sage, porchetta di Pienza with marble potatoes, Wagyu New York strip tagliata with porcini mushroom and butternut squash, and apple crostata. Dinner begins at 7 pm and is $175 plus tax and gratuity.

Thursday, December 8

Santa Paws at Texican Court Hotel
The Irving hotel invites furry friends and their humans to pop by for photos with Santa and complimentary hot apple cider and s’mores by the fire. Santa will be available for pet photos from 5-7 pm. Also enter to win a “Pups Night Away” overnight stay. Don’t miss the hotel’s pocket tequila bar, Salt, for new holiday cocktails in jolly keepsake glassware.

Reindeer Games Bar Crawl
Here’s a holiday bar crawl that spans beyond just drink specials. Participants get their money’s worth with a night of mini golf, axe throwing, unlimited video games, a chartered “sleigh bus,” and a pizza buffet. Start at Another Round and make stops at Flashback Retro Pub, LoneStar Axe Dallas, and Sylvan Avenue Tavern. Participants will also get a beer or seltzer at each stop. Tickets are $150 per duo, and the crawl will run from 6:15-10:30 pm.

Holiday Spirits Around the World at Hotel Vin
Sample an array of global spirits during this tasting experience at Grapevine’s Hotel Vin. Spirits to be served include Montenegro Italian liqueur, The Dalmore Scottish whiskey, Komo tequila, and Horse Soldier bourbon. Each spirit will be paired with globally-inspired bites. The tasting is $50 and will begin at 7 pm.

Friday, December 9

Cocktails by Candlelight at Old City Park
Candlelight will feature more than 13 acres of holiday cheer with decorated buildings, carolers, craft vendors, and candlelit walkways in Old City Park. Its 50th edition is set to begin on December 10, but adults only can get a sneak peek the night before during Cocktails by Candlelight, which comes with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Tickets are $100 per person or $175 per couple, and the event begins at 6 pm.

Saturday, December 10

Shaken, Not Stirred, Holiday Cocktail Class at Elm & Good
The modern American restaurant inside the Kimpton Pittman Hotel will host a holiday cocktail class great for groups looking to make spirits bright. Elm & Good’s lead mixologist Indy Acevedo-Fowler will guide guests through creating three cocktails: a cranberry margarita, peppermint espresso martini, and sangria rosa. Guests will also receive a branded take-away gift. The class is $35 and will begin at 2 pm.

Sunday, December 11

Brunch with Santa at the AC Hotel Dallas by the Galleria
Meet the big guy himself while indulging in brunch dishes during this family-friendly Sunday Funday. Tickets are $25 for adults (includes one mimosa) and $15 for kids 3-12. Children will get to meet Santa and take family photos. Brunch will run from 11:30 am-1:30 pm.

Monday, December 12

12 Days of Thompson
The Thompson Hotel Dallas will spread Christmas cheer with 12 days of daily holiday activations. The festivities start Monday with Home Alone, S’mores & Sips, a movie night with cocktails themed after the Christmas classic, a s’mores bar, and movie screening amid downtown views. The price is a $15 charitable donation. Doors opens at 5 pm with the movie to start at 6 pm. Other 12 Days of Thompson events range from a pie-baking class and cookie decorating to brunch with Santa and Holiday High Tea. See the complete calendar of events here.

Dedicated volunteers extract Spaghetti Warehouse trolley from Dallas' West End

Trolley News

Thanks to a dedicated team of conservation-minded folks, the vintage trolley from the Spaghetti Warehouse in Dallas' West End has been moved to a temporary new home: in a warehouse at Orr-Reed Architectural Co., the salvage store just south of downtown Dallas, which will provide a safe space for the vehicle while it undergoes a restoration.

A permanent home is still TBD, but Orr-Reed will be housing the trolley for at least the next 12 months.

The trolley was one of the original streetcars that ran through East Dallas nearly a century ago. It surged to fame in 2019 when Spaghetti Warehouse closed after 47 years, and the company held a giant auction of its extensive collection of memorabilia.

The streetcar got a bid from an anonymous buyer, but that buyer bailed once they encountered the difficulties of removing the trolley from the location.

The trolley was donated to the Junius Heights Historic District, a neighborhood association in Old East Dallas who wanted to save the trolley because of its role in the original streetcar program that was key to the establishment of Junius Heights.

Orr-Reed is providing the space and backup manpower for free.

"The first time it went on the auction block, I wanted to buy it because I'm obsessed with keeping the city’s history," says Orr-Reed owner Hannah Hargrove. "Dallas is known for tearing things down and replacing it with bigger and better things, but 'bigger and better' only lasts 50 years. Since we have the space, we wanted to be helpful in providing the trolley's next chapter of life."


spaghetti warehouse trolley A team unloads the Spaghetti Warehouse trolley into a warehouse at Orr-Reed.Johann Huebschmann

The move
JD Middleton, who builds out restaurants and bars for his "day job," oversaw a team of volunteers who broke the trolley down into pieces and transported it to the new location.

"My buddy JJ Velez and I saw it in the news, we both had a personal connection," Middleton says. "My grandfather drove the trolley, it's possible he drove that one, while JJ had seen it when he was a little kid, after the Christmas parade in downtown Dallas."

With another friend, Randy Lasiter, assisting, they volunteered to do it on a 100 percent volunteer basis. For the past six months, they've been going there in the early morning, before heading to their regular job sites.

"We do a lot of crazy things for customer requests, and this was right up our alley," Middleton says.

This entailed cutting the exterior into parts: removing the front and back "nose pieces," breaking down the body of the trolley into panels, then splitting up the chassis foundation — like a vertebrae that they cut up, to be reassembled by a welder.

Middleton says that Uncle Dan’s Pawn Shop donated saw blades and trailers and other equipment, as did Frida's Social Club on McKinney Avenue, who provided a big trailer and truck to haul it over to Orr-Reed.

Middleton assembled a group of friends who spent four hours on December 3, loading the trolley piece-by-piece onto trailers, then unloading it at Orr-Reed. He's also volunteered to help restore it.

"There's some rusting on the inside, it's like an old Ford Model-T that's been sitting in a garage," he says. "We'll get it sand-blasted and primed and painted, then put it back together again."

Their work is saving the Junius Heights Historic District hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"It's like an art project for us, and we're getting the opportunity to help take care of history," Middleton says. "JJ ate there when he was a little kid, and he'd like to take his kid to see it when it's finished. That’s why we're doing it."


Spaghetti Warehouse trolley Spaghetti Warehouse trolley, in pieces.Johann Huebschmann

The new home
The Junius Heights group does not yet have a permanent home for the trolley, nor a plan for how it will be managed or maintained. Details details.

For now, it resides in Orr-Reed's "dry house" — a warehouse they've used for overflow and for items that need to be kept out of the elements such as big furniture items, casement windows, and things that cannot get wet.

Hargrove and her staff built shelving and redesigned the warehouse to make it work.

"It'll definitely affect our day-to-day routine — there's a giant cumbersome trolley that's taking up space — but it’s worth it," Hargrove says. "If we hadn't done it, they would have had to spend a lot of money on storing it rather than restoring it. I'm a keeper of history, it’s my duty, although I've never done anything on this scale."

"We're not doing it for the money, we're doing it because someone has to," she says. "I feel like I'm doing the right thing."