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1. Dallas-Fort Worth no longer a top 100 place to live, declares U.S. News & World Report. Dallas-Fort Worth has fallen from grace in a closely watched annual report of the best places to live in the U.S. The Metroplex appears at a dismal No. 113 (out of 150) in U.S. News & World Report's Best Places to Live ranking for 2023-2024. Last year, DFW landed at No. 32; it was No. 37 in 2021. Here's (sort of) why it plummeted in the rankings.

2. Sliders restaurant from Detroit shimmies onto Dallas' Greenville Ave. A slider concept from the Great Lakes State is expanding to Texas, and that includes a high-profile location in Dallas: Called Savvy Sliders, it's a young fast-casual concept founded in Flint, Michigan, and it will open its first Dallas restaurant at 4818 Greenville Ave., in the space recently vacated by vegan chicken restaurant Project Pollo.

3. New lagoon-waterpark with lazy river dives into Dallas-Fort Worth. A long-awaited waterpark in Cedar Hill is debuting Memorial Day weekend with two of Texas' favorite splashy attractions: a lagoon and lazy river. The Lagoon at Virginia Weaver Park will open Saturday, May 27 after more than a year in development.

4. Happy Hippie Brewing to bring peace, love, and beer to new HQ in Richardson. A craft beer brewery is opening a splendid new facility in Richardson: Happy Hippie Brewing Company, a small brewery specializing in Belgian-style beers, is opening an an 11,000-square-foot brewery and taproom at 500 Lockwood Dr., in the Lockwood area within the city's evolving CORE District.

5. Asian restaurant Howard Wang's shutters location in Uptown Dallas. A Chinese restaurant in Uptown Dallas closed: Howard Wang's Uptown Grill, one in a family-owned chain, closed its location at 3223 Lemmon Ave. #103, with the final day of service on May 21. The restaurant had been at that location for 12 years.

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3 buzzy Dallas restaurants and wine shop are relocating to new quarters

Relo News

When restaurants are leaving their locations, it's usually bad news, but this roundup has a more upbeat theme: relocation.

Relocation is suddently a new hot trend in the Dallas food & beverage world, with three epic names all leaving their current quarters for new digs. (It takes three to make a trend, or at least it takes three to make a trend story.)

One is a popular dive bar. One is an iconic longtime date-night restaurant. One is a cool one-of-a-kind wine shop.

Here's who they are and where they're going:

Bar and Garden
After six-plus years at 3314 Ross Ave., this truly unique wine and spirits store is relocating to 1900 N. Haskell Ave., across from Loro and E-Bar, and on the same side of the street as Dolly Python.

Co-owner Julie Buckner Lane says they're going to restore the building to its original glory with retail on the bottom floor and offices on top, with ample parking in back for both. They'll be doing construction this summer and hope to re-open in the next few months.

It's easy to take what they do for granted: specializing in organic and natural wines, featuring winemakers who embrace biodiversity, rely on minimal-intervention winemaking, and showcase the truest expression of the grapes and the land on which they are grown.

Natural wines use only native yeasts, and often avoid filtering, fining, or additives. What this means to the wine drinker: no headaches, no aftermath.

B&G were originally planning to leave their Ross location on June 30, when the lease is up, but Lane decided it made more sense to close down in May and allocate their resources to the new space.

They'll close up shop on Wednesday, May 31, but will be open one last weekend, including on Monday, Memorial Day from 12-6 pm. And definitely stop in on Saturday May 27 as they open a random selection of items left in their inventory.

"Our spirits are moving quickly, though we still have a lot of the basics in stock, and we still have a lot of wine to move through," she says.

St. Martin’s Wine Bistro
Longtime French restaurant at 3020 Greenville Ave., known for signature dishes such as champagne Brie soup and chocolate souffle, closed on May 20, after reaching the end of its current lease.

The restaurant had been in business for 46 years, which seems like a rather peculiar lease. In any case, they served as a gateway for many aging Dallasites who had their first fancy-dining outing and first exposure to French food at St. Martin's.

They've found a new location in Old East Dallas, at 4223 Bryan St. at the intersection of Peak Street. It's an extremely foodie corner, with restaurants on all sides including Bangkok City and Vietnam, plus Ciao! By Civello's pasta, Bryan Street Tavern, Ober Here Filipino Rice Bowls, I mean there is no shortage of eateries in this area.

They're taking over the former L&B Antiques space, which will require extensive renovations to get it restaurant-ready, according to a representative from the landlord, with a projected completion date in September.

The Grapevine Bar
One of Dallas' favorite dive bars which has been serving low-key drinks since 1996 is leaving its current address on 3902 Maple Ave., where the lease is expiring.

Owners Michelle and Ronny Honea have found a new location: The bar is moving to 2213 Butler St., previously home to Redfield's Tavern, which closed in December 2022.

The Grapevine is beloved for its laid-back atmosphere and diverse clientele, "from prom queens to drag queens." Their other trademark is their quirky decor with a motley assortment of vintage light fixtures and other items accumulated over the years, in a layer-by-layer evolution. They also feature a rooftop deck, basketball court, patio, and happy-hour specials on drinks.

The couple vows to recreate that patina and will definitely have a basketball court on site.

The move will take place sometime this summer, exact date still TBA.

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Family-run Greek Cafe in Dallas' Bishop Arts closes after 13 years

Closing News

A revered family-owned restaurant in Dallas' Oak Cliff has closed: The Greek Cafe, which had been open more than 13 years, shut down, according to a heartfelt note from co-owner Joanna Tatakis.

"It is with great sadness I announce that we have closed and will not be able to open back up," she said. "I’m sorry it has taken me so long to tell everyone, but every time I sat down to say goodbye, it was just too hard."

The Greek Cafe was founded by Joanna's parents, Emmanuel "Mike" and Maryann Tatakis, and was known for Greek classics, including their signature gyros and Greek-style French fries with oregano and feta. Other popular items included dolmas and baklava.

The couple initially opened in Duncanville in 2008, then opened a second location in Bishop Arts in 2009; sadly, Maryann died in 2013.

The cafe struggled through the pandemic and the ensuing rising costs to do business.

Then Mike became ill, and was sent to hospice care - putting great strain on Joanna, who was not only running the restaurant single-handedly, but was also her father's sole caretaker. A GoFundMe was established in April to try and lighten her load. (Donations are still welcome.)

"To our neighbors, from all the gyros ordered, the get well soon card passed around for my dad, the many things borrowed, the hugs and encouragement, to the late night brain storming sessions, you know who you are," she said. "Thank you always for the support. It was an honor to be part of the community."

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Asian restaurant Howard Wang's shutters location in Uptown Dallas

Closure News

A Chinese restaurant in Uptown Dallas closed: Howard Wang's Uptown Grill, one in a family-owned chain, closed its location at 3223 Lemmon Ave. #103, with the final day of service on May 21.

The restaurant had been at that location for 12 years.

A note from founder Howard Wang and the Howard Wang's family blamed COVID, stating, "We tried as long as we could but just could not sustain after the pandemic."

The closure is a bit of a surprise, since the chain just opened a location, called Mandarin by Howard Wang, at Hillcrest Village in North Dallas at 6859 Arapaho Rd. in February.

Patriach Howard Wang opened the first Howard Wang's China Grill at 4343 W. Northwest Hwy. in 2005. In 2011, he opened Howard Wang's Uptown, on the street level of the MAA Katy Trail (formerly Post Katy Trail) apartment building.

While the street address is Lemmon Avenue, Howard Wang's was actually not street-facing but was instead off Carlisle Street.

When it opened, it was celebrated as one of the few Asian restaurants in the neighborhood, but worthy competitors like Malai Kitchen and Crushcraft Thai emerged, and business had noticeably dropped off in recent years.

After Uptown, Howard Wang's subsequently opened locations in Southlake in 2013 and at The Star in Frisco in 2018 — both of which have since closed (Southlake in 2021, and Frisco in 2022).

The menu includes dim sum, fried rice, noodles, and more.

More recently, Howard Wang's was being run by Wang's son Jowin Wang, who oversaw significant investments into the virtual space with their "Mandarin To Go" ghost kitchens, including one in Farmers Branch, and two in Dallas, at 921 W. Commerce St. in West Dallas, and at 4321 Live Oak St., both to-go only.

"The Live Oak to-go location was already picking up much of the take-out business from Uptown," a spokesperson for the restaurant said.

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Dallas-based Tuesday Morning  discount chain closes down with mega-sale

Shopping News

In sad sad news for discount shoppers, Tuesday Morning, the Dallas-based home and lifestyle goods chain, is closing its stores nationwide, after it previously filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February 2023.

The chain is hosting a going-out-of-business sale at all stores in 25 states across the U.S. Shoppers can save up to 30 percent off the lowest ticketed prices across the stores on a wide variety of home decor.

Tuesday Morning was one of the original off-price retailers specializing in name-brand, high-quality products for the home, including textiles, home furnishings, housewares, gourmet food, toys, and seasonal décor, at prices below those found in department stores, catalogs, or on-line retailers. They opened their first store in 1974.

The sale will include discounted home décor for every room like bedding, bath, furniture, lamps, and kitchen; plus toys, pet supplies, luggage, beauty, crafts, seasonal decorations, and more.

Shoppers are advised to take advantage of the new price reductions and bid farewell to this iconic retailer.

Select fixtures, furnishings, and equipment will also be available for sale.

Gift cards will be honored through May 13. All sales are final.

Merchandise purchased prior to April 28, 2023, may be returned within 14 days of the purchase date with the original receipt and in accordance with usual policies.

There are 59 locations in Texas, as follows:

Abilene: 3301 S 14th St
Allen: 190 E Stacy Rd Ste 1530
Amarillo: 3415 Bell St

Arlington:

  • 2737 W Park Row Rd
  • 1104 W Arbrook Blvd

Austin: 10225 Research Blvd Ste 3000B
Brownsville: 1601 Price Rd
Cedar Park: 5001 183A Toll Rd Ste J100
Conroe: 1406 N Loop 336 W
Corpus Christi: 4102 S Staples
Dallas: 6465 E Mockingbird Ln Ste 354
Denton: 2608 W University Dr
Euless: 2911 Rio Grande Blvd Ste 400
Farmers Branch: 14303 Inwood Rd
Friendswood: 172 S Friendswood Dr
Frisco: 4995 Eldorado Pkwy Ste 520
Galveston: 2727 61st St
Garland: 401 W Interstate 30
Georgetown: 1103 Rivery Blvd Ste #270
Houston:

  • 10516 Old Katy Rd
  • 901A N Shepherd Dr
  • 5419 FM 1960 W Ste E
  • 1365 Kingwood Dr

Irving: 7787 N MacArthur Blvd
Katy:

  • 870 S Mason Rd
  • 24427 Katy Frwy

Keller: 1580 Keller Pkwy FM 1709
Kerrville: 851 Junction Hwy
Lakeway: 2300 Lohmans Spur Ste 145
Lewisville: 2325 S Stemmons Frwy Ste 103
Longview: 305 NW Loop 281
Lubbock: 7020 Quaker Ave
Marble Falls: 2511 N US Highway 281
McKinney: 117 S Central Expwy
Midland: 4610 N Garfield
New Braunfels: 651 N Business Interstate Hwy 35 Stre 1400
Paris: 3552 Lamar Ave
Plano: 1601 Preston Rd Ste F
Rockwall: 1117A Ridge Rd
Round Rock: 110 N Interstate 35
San Angelo: 3578 Knickerbocker Rd
San Antonio

  • 3910 McCullough Ave
  • 2945 Thousand Oaks Dr
  • 12651 Vance Jackson Rd Ste 128
  • 18450 Blanco Road
  • 6808 Huebner Road
  • 8421 N US Hwy 281 Ste 105

Shenandoah: 17937 I-45 S Ste 125
Sherman: 2711 N US Highway 75
South Padre Island: 410 Padre Blvd
Spring: 4690 Louetta Road
Temple: 3064 S 31st St
Texarkana: 2315 Richmond Rd Ste 9B
Tyler: 322 East SE Loop 323
Universal City: 3150 Pat Booker Rd Ste 112
Waco: 5201 Bosque Blvd Ste 380 Bldg 3
Waxahachie: 1700 N Hwy 77 Ste 166
Weatherford: 735 Adams Dr
Webster: 20740 Gulf Frwy Ste 140

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Top Dallas restaurant news includes downtown steakhouse and menus for spring

Cheesesteak News

This roundup of Dallas restaurant news has much spring in its step, with many new spring menus being introduced, as well as some restaurants bringing back fan-favorite dishes. There are also some new openings, a sad closing or two, some sauce news, and a new low-ABV wine on the market.

Here's what's happening in Dallas dining news:

LVI, the new downtown steakhouse at The Statler, named for the year The Statler originally opened (1956), will open for dinner on Friday, May 5, with lunch service beginning after Memorial Day weekend. Menu items include poached lobster claw with cucumber, beef tartare, scallops with a white truffle vinaigrette, halibut with a yuzu glaze, bone-in Duroc pork ribeye, bone-in filet, strip, and ribeye steak. Sides include black truffle creamed spinach and jalapeno cheese steak tots.

Cheesesteak House, a chain known for its cheesesteaks, has opened a location in Pleasant Grove at 1600 S. Buckner Blvd. It's the seventh, in addiiton to Dallas at 2015 W. Davis St., Garland, Wylie, Grand Prairie, Rowlett, and Farmers Branch. Their cheesesteaks are served on imported bread from well-known Philadelphia bakery Amoroso's, and they also have hamburgers, salads, and chicken wings.

151 Coffee has opened a location in Rowlett, at 3525 Lakeview Pkwy, adjacent to McDonald’s at the intersection of Lakeside Parkway and Rowlett Road. This Dallas-born coffeehouse will serve hot Americanos, Blondies, and German Chocolate Mochas. The name references the fact that lattes are apparently best served at 151 degrees.

Frida's Tacolandia is closing its location in Oak Cliff. The restaurant posted on Facebook that they're searching for another location where they can provide better service, including offering alcoholic beverages and entertainment. Their location in West Dallas at 2839 Singleton Blvd #100 is still open.

Oomi Kitchen, the digital kitchen food hall on Ross Avenue, has added a new purveyor to its lineup: Savage Rabbit, a salad concept with six salads including Thai noodle, chicken Caesar, kale-spinach, hot chicken, Cobb, and goddess. Prices range from $12-$16.

Sassetta, the Italian restaurant at the Joule Dallas hotel, has debuted a new lunch service, Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-3 pm, with dishes such as tuna tartare, mushroom salad, and chicken parm sandwich, plus a Lunch Pronto! option combining half salad with pasta or pizza if you're in a pinch.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub has a new spring menu available through June 18 which includes Spicy Moroccan Meatballs, blackened salmon Caesar salad, Wagyu burger with prosciutto, caramelized onions, white cheddar, & arugula, lemon pepper shrimp with cilantro jasmine rice and asparagus, smoked chicken enchilada stack, and chocolate three-layer cake.

Snowbird Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen in Frisco has introduced weekend brunch, Saturday-Sunday 11 am–3 pm, with breakfast, entrees, salads, and sweets, including frittatas with asparagus, artichoke, & goat cheese, steak & eggs with 24-day aged 6-ounce NY strip, avocado toast with smoked salmon & poached egg, Benedict with smoked ham and spinach, shrimp & green pea grits, truffle mac & cheese, and Wagyu sliders. Cocktails include Green Poppy with tequila and a large-format Rosé All Day, which pairs rosé wine with Ketel One grapefruit and rose vodka, strawberries, raspberries, orange, lemon juice, simple syrup and mint leaves.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery has launched a new spring menu featuring innovative breakfast riffs such as Love You E’Lote Breakfast Pasta (with bell pepper, asparagus, corn, egg, cheese), Habanero Pork Belly Breakfast Fried Rice, Veggie Breakfast Tacos (with scrambled eggs, portobello mushroom, red bell pepper, and cauliflower), Double Bacon Sandwich (with bacon and pork belly, egg, and arugula), and a Kale & Avocado Quinoa Bowl. New beverages include Spicy Kimchi Bloody, Chamomile Bourbon Palmer, Summer Sangarita, blackberry mint limeade, and strawberry lavender lemonade.

Newk's Eatery has new dishes for spring: cranberry & almond chicken salads sandwich on Parisian bread, pesto pasta chicken Caesar salad, lobster bisque, and coconut nut cake. They'll be available through June 21.

El Pollo Loco is bringing back shredded beef birria for a second year, beginning April 20 in three entrée choices: Birria Crunchy Taco, Birria Grilled Burrito, and Birria Overstuffed Quesadilla, paired with a consommé dipping sauce and tortilla chips.

Golden Chick is bringing back the Big & Wicked Chicken Sandwich, an extension of its Wicked chicken creations, which have evolved from regional products to limited-time offerings. It's available through June 18.

Freebirds World Burrito has brought back smoked brisket, available in any entrée, burrito, bowl, salad and more at all 63 locations across Texas while supplies lasts. The brisket is smoked for 16 hours.

Taco Cabana has brought back Carne Asada, available in a three-pack of street tacos plate for $8.49 or a combo featuring chips & queso and drink; or in a Carne Asada Cabana Bowl with rice, refried beans, lettuce, monterey jack & cheddar cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream. It's available through mid-June.

Bonchon, the Korean fried chicken chain, has two new comfort food items: Loaded Bulgogi Fries topped with sliced marinated steak, mozzarella cheese, and spicy mayo drizzle; and Korean Donuts, also known as Kkwabaegi (kwa-bag-gee) - soft, fluffy, twisted cruller-like treats coated with cinnamon and sugar. It's $5 for two doughnuts, plus another $ for a side of Sweet Cream Dipping Sauce.

Tiff's Treats is bringing their Snickerdoodle Cookie Cupcake, a collaboration with Sprinkles Cupcakes, to Dallas. The dessert mashup is a cinnamon cupcake with a Tiff’s snickerdoodle cookie crust, topped with cinnamon frosting, cinnamon sugar dust, and a mini Snickerdoodle cookie. The confection was initially introduced in Austin, and will be available through May.

Red Mango, the froyo chain, has a new lineup of toppings available through June 30: salty almonds, Easter Peeps marshmallow candies, Mango Boba bubbles, Tajin and Chili Chamoy gummy bears, and Green Apple Boba.

McDonald’s is making its Big Mac sauce available for the first time, but it's only available via the McDonald's app. This creamy, tangy, slightly sweet sauce can be requested with any order of Chicken McNuggets or ordered a la carte to pair with other McDonald’s menu items. It'll be available starting April 27 in little plastic "dip cups" done in a blue & silver packaging inspired by the 1968-era Big Mac sandwich wrapping.

Chick-fil-A has two new bottled sauces – Barbecue Sauce and Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Sauce – headed to retail shelves nationwide. They also have a new 11-piece sauce-themed merchandise line including tote bag, bucket hat, T-shirt, water bottle, saucy sneakers, etc. Everyone wants to sell swag.

Fall Creek Vineyards is releasing 2021 Lescalo Rosé, a new low-alcohol, low-calorie wine with 9.8 percent alcohol by volume, made with a blend of Chenin Blanc and Tempranillo grapes grown in Texas. It's the second Lescalo release joining Lescalo Chenin Blanc introduced in 2020. Market analyst firm IWSR has forecast sales of lower-alcohol still wine to grow approximately 27 percent from 2021 to 2025.

Pepsico has launched a program to help 10 Hispanic-owned food and beverage brands that includes a $20,000 grant and a six-month mentorship program. Candidates should apply online; the deadline is May 15.

Cici’s Pizza made the list of Pizza Marketplace’s Top 100 Movers & Shakers list recognizing 25 executives and 75 brands during the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. Cici’s Pizza placed first on the top marketing campaigns list for its new look with the Endless Pizzabilities campaign and president Jeff Hetsel was named a top executive.

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Breezy cafe with bikes, coffee, & wine to open in Dallas Design District

Coffee News

A highly cosmopolitan new cafe is coming to the Dallas Design District that'll bring food, bicycles, and epic coffee together in one place. Called The Meteor, it's a concept with roots in Austin and Bentonville, and it's opening in Dallas in late summer at 1930 Hi Line Dr.

The cafe will open as a temporary pop-up in The Urby, a 27-story apartment building across from the Virgin Dallas hotel, taking a space that was originally designated to be a restaurant called Charley.

Eventually, The Meteor will relocate to its own dedicated space in a new residential building at 1950 Hi Line Dr., which is still under construction.

The Meteor is from Doug Zell, co-founder of Chicago's acclaimed Intelligentsia Coffee, and Chris St. Peter, a former attorney. Their goal is to create an expansive community space combining bicycle shop - both are avid cyclists - with an all-day cafe and wine shop serving and selling natural wines.

The concept has so much going on, it's almost too big to comprehend. Basically, it has all the good things in one place, and every element is nicely orchestrated.

The wine shop, for example, features the increasingly popular category of natural, organic, biodynamic wines only, more than 500 bottles. That's good on its own. Even better, they'll sell to-go or for consumption onsite. Even better still, with no corkage fee. If you need one more better, prices start at $15 — for a bottle.

The coffee is from Intelligentsia, Zell's alma mater and one of the best-known coffee roasters in the U.S.

The food is ingredient-driven with an international flair and includes pizza, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods, all made in-house with thoughtfully sourced ingredients, plus coffee and teas, cider, and beer. Service will be casual counter-service style, with an approachable, breezy touch. (Their website/signage is similarly fun: "espresso-champagne-chain-lube.")

The hours are convenient and user friendly: Doing an "all day" menu means they'll be there long hours, starting with a full breakfast and segueing into lunch and dinner.

The bike shop will offer a limited selection of bikes and gear for sale, along with an in-house service department for maintenance and repairs. You can drop off your bike and sit down for a pizza - and not just pizza, but pizza with a sourdough crust - and a glass of wine.

"Our goal is to deliver top-notch food and of course a delicious cup of coffee, as well as being a bike-friendly destination," Zell says.

The popularity of bicycling surged during the pandemic, and there's a strong shift as people seek alternatives to a car-centric culture, even in Dallas. The Meteor is poised to ride that trend with a commitment to open three more locations in 2024, in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Tucson.

"As our culture becomes more bike-friendly, the opportunity for something like The Meteor continues to grow," Zell says. "People who ride bicycles tend to be attracted to the kind of food and beverage we're doing."

"Given the way the Design District is coming together, we felt like a place that does something culinarily interesting and also with a bicycle component was a match made in heaven," he says.

Eva Longoria's Flamin' Hot serves up a spicy underdog story with fairytale qualities

Movie review

Underdog stories are a reliable go-to for filmmakers, as there is something universal about beating the odds and rising above someone’s supposed station in life. While typically associated with sports stories, the underdog arc can be especially potent when it’s an individual rising above the system to become more than anyone thought they could be.

Flamin’ Hot is an especially successful version of this story, centering on Richard Montañez (Jesse Garcia), a Mexican-American man trying to escape his rough past in the Los Angeles area. He and his wife, Judy (Annie Gonzalez), both struggle to find work until Richard is hired to work as a janitor at the nearby Frito-Lay factory.

Richard soon proves himself to be an extremely hard worker, as well as an insatiable learner, bugging various higher-ups, including Clarence Baker (Dennis Haysbert), about everything that goes into making the brand’s snacks. Noticing a lack of flavors that would appeal to Hispanic people, Richard takes it upon himself to create a spicy flavor, one which would go on to become a cornerstone of the company.

Directed by Eva Longoria in her feature debut and written by Lewis Colick and Linda Yvette Chávez, the story is irresistible – even if it may not actually be true. If you’re willing to suspend a little disbelief, the film works like a charm, as Richard is a compelling character whose drive and easygoing nature make him someone for whom it’s easy to root. Subtle but effective scenes dealing with racism and classism reinforce the uphill climb he faced toward success.

Richard is almost relentlessly positive, able to withstand slights in a manner that few others would be able to do. To accomplish this, Longoria and her team employ a lot of humor, sometimes in straight-up funny situations and other times to defuse the tension built up from a particular confrontation. Richard is also complemented extremely well by Judy, who brings her own energy to make their struggles seem less daunting.

Even if you weren’t aware of the dispute of Richard’s claims, it’s clear that the film is meant to be a type of fairy tale, one that gives Latinos a showcase they don’t often get. While the film is family-friendly, Longoria doesn’t avoid unsavory topics like Richard being abused as a child or dealing drugs in his younger days. The difference is that the characters are shown as three-dimensional humans, ones who are capable of good and bad things.

Both Garcia and Gonzalez are getting their biggest roles to date, and each does a fantastic job. Garcia is in 95 percent of the scenes, and he carries the film as if he’s been a longtime star. Gonzalez is equally impressive, playing the supportive wife in a way that doesn’t diminish her own performance. Haysbert, Tony Shalhoub, Matt Walsh, and others turn in great supporting roles.

Flamin’ Hot is full of all the right elements that make for a rousing underdog story. With great performances, a solid combination of drama and comedy, and a brand that’s instantly recognizable, it’s a feel-good film that earns its spicy stripes.

Brice Gonzalez, Annie Gonzalez, Jesse Garcia and Hunter Jones in Flamin' Hot

Photo by Emily Aragones; courtesy of Searchlight Pictures

Brice Gonzalez, Annie Gonzalez, Jesse Garcia and Hunter Jones in Flamin' Hot.

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Flamin' Hot is now streaming on Hulu and Disney+.

Dallas ranks No. 5 hottest market for real estate development in last decade

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A new report has discovered Texas cities hold the top five most active real estate development markets in the country, with Dallas landing in the top five.

The ranking by storage marketplace StorageCafe reflects the city's resiliency over the last decade after a recent reported plummet in Dallas' quality of life.

Dallas had the fifth highest number of single-family home permits between 2013 and 2022, totaling 17,332 units. At the same time, the city also permitted nearly 69,000 new multi-family/apartment units. The massive influx of housing ultimately adds up to an impressive national surge.

On the industrial end, Dallas also took the No. 5 spot for the most square feet of new industrial space construction. About 31.4 million square feet of industrial space was erected in the last decade, further solidifying the city's standing as a top destination for business.

The report attributes Dallas' success in growing its industrial sector to "a number of innovative companies establishing headquarters or offices in the area" within recent years during the pandemic.

Also on the rise since the pandemic is the number of build-to-rent single-family homes, where the Dallas market recently nailed the top spot for the most completions in 2022.

The true national winner in real estate growth is Houston(No. 1), with 55,600 single-family homes permitted between 2013 and 2022, and nearly 90,000 multi-family units, followed by San Antonio (No. 2) and Austin (No. 3). Also outshining Dallas in the list is Fort Worth (No. 4), which permitted nearly 50,600 single-family homes and 36,700 multi-family units.

The cities that complete the top 10 include:

  • No. 6 – Phoenix, Arizona
  • No. 7 – Jacksonville, Florida
  • No. 8 – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • No. 9 – Denver, Colorado
  • No. 10 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The full report can be found on storagecafe.com.