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1. 44 new Dallas debutantes begin Presentation Ball prep with glam parties and glorious gowns. With the start of summer vacation came the beginning of the 2023-2024 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debutante season - even though it seems like just yesterday that the 2023 debs were Texas-dipping into society. The DSOL introduced 44 new debs during Announcement Weekend festivities, May 18-20. Their parties, philanthropy, and training will culminate with the 38th Presentation Ball.

2. 21 North Texas museums offer free admission to military families this summer. Nearly two dozen Dallas-Fort Worth museums are honoring active duty military personnel and their families with free admission through the Blue Star Museums initiative, May 20-September 4, 2023.

3. 11 Dallas icons star in new book of most influential Texans from last 50 years. To commemorate Texas Monthly's 50th anniversary, the publication has collected the stories and photographs of 50 iconic Texans who have shaped the state and the country over the past 50 years for a book called Lone Stars Rising. Eleven Dallas megastars have made the roster.

4. These are the 7 best most intriguing hot dogs in Dallas right now. Hot dogs are the quintessential summer food and an item that nearly everyone loves. They're simple, flavorful, easy to make at home, and affordable if you dine out. Here are the seven most interesting hot dogs you can find in Dallas-Fort Worth.

5. Mississippi sisters debut perky Southern-chic boutique on Dallas' Greenville Avenue. When Allison and Anna Williams graduated from University of Mississippi in 2021, they didn't picture themselves owning a boutique on Lower Greenville in Dallas. But the Williamses' new women's clothing boutique, Five 54, opened this spring at 1906 Greenville Ave., next to Clark's Barbershop, in the buzziest neighborhood in town.

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Where to eat in Dallas right now: Best new restaurants for September

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This latest Where to Eat, our monthly compilation of Dallas restaurants worth checking out for one reason or another, is a motley bunch. Some of these are newly opened. Others have introduced new locations or even new meal segments (and "meal segments" in this scenario means "brunch").

Here are the best suggestions for where to eat in this September edition of Where To Eat Right Now:

Chilangos Tacos
At long last, this taqueria concept has opened their location at 4012 Ross Ave., a former Subway at Haskell Avenue. Chilangos is from a polished team that includes SMU grad Jon Garay and highly-regarded chef Joel Mendoza. They first debuted the concept in 2019 with a location on Harry Hines by Dallas Love Field, featuring Mexico City-style tacos, made with top-quality ingredients. (It earned them a spot on our Where to Eat list for July 2019.) They serve authentic tacos, quesadillas, and refreshing fruity margaritas, and were among the first in DFW to do the now-buzzy birria taco. They also have locations on Harry Hines Boulevard, at Legacy Hall in Plano, and in Nashville.

Common Table
Friendly restaurant-bar just opened at District 121, the development at SH-121 and Alma Road, adjacent to Craig Ranch. This is the second location and an interesting journey for a concept that started out as a craft beer bar in Uptown before morphing into a congenial sports-bar spot owned by Milkshake Concepts and starring a menu of good food by chef Rodman Shields. They opened a location at The Star in Frisco and are one of the few places to not only survive the pandemic but to thrive at the Star. They're open for lunch, dinner, and a popular brunch with a stick-to-your-ribs menu that ranges from pretzel bites with beer cheese fondue to fried chicken Cobb salad to wings to Hatch chile queso, nothing over $20. There are creative cocktails, good wines, and back to where they started: a worthy list of beers on tap.

Crown Block
Restaurant that opened atop the Reunion Tower in June is now launching Sunday brunch beginning September 24. Beyond the views for miles, this will involve buffet stations and one plated entrée, for $80. A Bloody Mary Bar, espresso drinks, mimosa flights, and craft cocktails are extra. Hey, those views aren't free. Although, the Crown Block tradition is to welcome guests at the elevator with a beverage, and on Sundays, that'll be a mimosa. So that's free. Brunch stations include a sushi and seafood bar with oysters, nigiri, maki rolls, ceviche, poke bowls, shrimp cocktail, smoked ham, sausage, a lavish candy bar, pies, doughnuts, and cakes. Entree options include chicken & Waffles with caviar, a BLT sandwich with scrambled eggs, Masa Pancake, and Wagyu Croquetta Benedict with eggs and asparagus.

Italian restaurant near Dallas' Inwood Village in into the former Fireside Pies at 7709 Inwood Rd. from Tracy Moore Rathbun and Lynae Fearing, has been serving a banging dinner with pastas (cacio e pepe, Bolognese with ground beef & spicy Italian sausage), daily risotto, and entrees such as scallops with white bean cassoulet and halibut with farro. Now they and chef Roman Murphy are launching Sunday brunch beginning September 24, from 11 am-3 pm with live music and dishes like bacon and egg flatbread, lemon-ricotta French toast with lemon curd, and cocktails like the Ciao Bella, with Tito’s Vodka, lemon juice, and blackberry hibiscus syrup.

400 Gradi
Italian restaurant with great pizza, which debuted in Dallas in 2019, has opened a second location in McKinney, at District 121, the mixed-use development at SH-121 and Alma Road, adjacent to Craig Ranch, along with its sweet sibling Zero Gradi, a cafe for gelato, pastries, and coffee. A grand opening will take place September 23-24, which will include menu tastings, gelato carts, and champagne. 400 Gradi specializes in pastas, entrees, cocktails, and wine. More than 70 percent of their ingredients are imported, including the truffle paste and burrata on the antipasti menu, and the dough for their pizza is prepared with water filtered to replicate that used in Naples, Italy, then fermented for 48 hours in a temperature- and humidity-controlled room. Standouts include Linguine Alla Pescatora and Pappardelle Ai Funghi. Husband-and-wife owners Igor Stevovic and Nikoleta Plavsic are dedicated to bringing the full Italian experience to the greater Dallas area.

Jonathon's Forestwood
Dallas breakfast and brunch institution is now open in a new location at 5337 Forest Ln. The restaurant from husband-and-wife Jonathon and Christine Erdeljac first opened in Oak Cliff in 2011, where it drew a following for down-home dishes such as chicken-fried steak & eggs, and biscuits & gravy. But facing a rent increase after a decade, they decamped to the former Kel's Restaurant, which they've fastidiously renovated the space and are having fun trying out new dishes such as a bountiful Cobb salad, a buffalo cauliflower appetizer with picnic sauce, fried chicken salad, and the Pig Mack sandwich with a spicy ground pork patty, citrus slaw, pickled red onion, Pepperjack cheese, Harissa Aioli, and an easy egg.

New sushi restaurant from chef Shine Tamaoki (Nobu) is now open at 4640 McKinney Ave. #130, with an adherence to Japanese tradition combined with a progressive approach to sushi. Nigiri and sashimi include otoro, king salmon, fluke, tiger shrimp, snow crab, and more, as well as sushi rolls such as the spicy yellowtail roll. Hot dishes include filet of beef (either A5 Kobe or American Wagyu) served seared and sliced; Japanese fish & chips, with beer- and curry-battered fried white fish with burdock chips; shrimp tempura; shojin tempura; and fried Japanese oysters. Cocktails highlight Japanese flavors such as the White Pearl - made with Grey Goose vodka, lychee puree, lime juice, elderflower syrup, and plum bitters.

New downtown Dallas tower to take last prime spot facing Klyde Warren Park

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The last patch of land open for development near Klyde Warren Park is getting developed. According to a release, a new 30-story office tower is slated to go up on the corner of Harwood Street and Woodall Rodgers Freeway, and will become the new home to Bank of America, which currently offices in the iconic neon-edged building at 901 Main St.

Called Parkside, the new 500,000-square-foot building is a collaboration between KDC and Pacific Elm Properties and is anticipated to be ready for tenants in the first half of 2027.

Pacific Elm Properties was formed and is managed by Woods Capital, which was founded by Jonas Woods in 2007.

As the signature tenant, Bank of America will occupy more than 238,000 square feet of office space in the building. Upon move-in, the tower will be known as Bank of America Tower at Parkside.

KDC executive VP Eric Hage calls it "a testament to Bank of America’s commitment to providing its employees with a best-in-class workplace in an unbeatable location," while Pacific Elm Properties partner Tom Dundon says "the site is undoubtedly one of the best in all of Texas."

The new building will look down upon the five-acre Klyde Warren Park, which will be visible from all floors, especially from the 12th-floor Sky Lobby and Lounge, which will feature shared tenant space with a coffee and cocktail bar, and outdoor terraces.

Views of Klyde Warren Park were apparently sufficient to persuade Bank of America to leave its longtime home at 901 Main and relocate all of its employees to the new building.

“This site overlooking Klyde Warren Park, amid an abundance of walkable Uptown Dallas amenities, is an ideal space to bring our team together in a central location where they can collaborate on behalf of our clients,” says Bank of America Dallas President Jennifer Chandler. “We look forward to being the signature tenant at the Bank of America Tower at Parkside as we provide a great place for our teammates to work as part of our longstanding commitment to Dallas.”

This plot of land is famous for being the last undeveloped parcel in the area, and has been described as "the most coveted building in Dallas."

It was purchased in 2006 by Japanese businessman Takeharu Miyama, who has been approached by many suitors eager to form a partnership or buy the land outright.

Miyama owns both the five-story building at 1909 Woodall Rodgers as well the site next door at 1919 Woodall Rodgers, a former branch of Dallas Credit Union, which is where the new tower will be built.

According to the release, Miyama USA Texas will continue to maintain an interest in the land upon which Bank of America Tower at Parkside will be developed.

“We are excited to work with KDC and the Miyama family to deliver this iconic tower for one of the world’s leading financial institutions,” said Jonas Woods, CEO of Pacific Elm Properties “With KPF’s design, luxury amenities and incredible location, this asset will undoubtedly establish the new standard for office space in Uptown Dallas.”

New 20-story apartment building off McKinney Dallas will have X-large units

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Construction has begun on another high-rise apartment building near McKinney Avenue and Knox. Called The Galatyn, it's a 20-story building featuring 56 penthouse-style apartments, across McKinney Avenue from its sibling residential building The McKenzie.

According to a release, it'll open in 2025.

Like The McKenzie, the units will be big, with only three units per floor and two units on the penthouse level. Units will average 2,700 square feet, with two and three bedrooms. Penthouse suites will start at 4,500 square feet.

Units will have a formal entry with an attached powder room, open kitchen, waterfall island, and a bar. Private service kitchens will contain a second fridge, sink, and dishwasher.

The interiors will include wood flooring, quartzite countertops, and floor-to-ceiling windows in the living areas.Primary suites will feature dual closets and spa-style bathrooms with freestanding bath and walk-in rainfall shower.

Amenities will include a concierge, workspaces, resident coffee bar, a courtyard with a fireplace, sunroom with antique fixtures and arched windows, dog wash, and "relief areas" on each residential floor.

An on-site fitness center will feature a flex room, sauna, year-round pool, and catering kitchen.

StreetLights Residential SVP Stephen Meek says in a statement that they've observed a sense of community at The McKenzie and anticipate the same for The Galatyn.

The name choice gives pause. The internet says that in Arthurian legend, the meaning of the name Galatyn is Gawain's sword. But there is already in DFW the very well known Galatyn rail station on the DART Red Line, as well as an accompanying Galatyn Park. Is it so hard to come up with an original name for an apartment building? Why not just with tried-and-true options like The Avalon or The Retreat or The Heights or The Reserve or The Oasis or The Pointe.

StreetLights Creative Studio is the architect of record for the project and SLR Construction, LLC, is the general contractor.