Photo courtesy of NorthPark Center

A popular retailer of high-end, artisan-crafted furniture and decor has introduced a new concept to Texas by way of Grapevine: Arhaus The Loft, an offshoot of Arhaus, opened at Grapevine Mills on June 30.

It has nestled into the hottest spot in the mall, in the city, in all of Dallas-Fort Worth - next to Meow Wolf.

While Arhaus has seven locations in Texas (including one at Dallas' NorthPark Center), this is the brand's first "Loft" outlet in the state. The store carries new, discontinued, slightly imperfect, and overstocked pieces for every living space.

"As a luxury furniture store and leader in home décor, Arhaus was founded on the idea that home décor should stand the test of time, being sustainably sourced, lovingly made, and built to last," the company says in a release.

Arhaus The Loft offers a variety of home décor pieces and outdoor furniture including dining tables, sofas, sectionals, accent chairs, beds, desks, lighting, and more - at "incredible, consumer-friendly prices," they promise.

Grapevine Mills director of marketing Trudy Cresswell points out that Arhaus The Loft is a complement to Horchow Finale, located in Neiman Marcus Last Call at the mall.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome yet another anticipated opening that will further enhance Grapevine Mills’ home décor portfolio,” Cresswell says.

Its debut is well-timed to the opening of Meow Wolf, the buzzy immersive art experience launching July 14. The store sits between Meow Wolf and the Old Navy Outlet at Grapevine Mills.

Hours are 11 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday and 12-6 pm Sunday.

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These are the 6 best food and drink events in Dallas this week

This Week in Gluttony

Recover from the Thanksgiving food coma with a visit to a vegan eatery. Then prepare for more holiday entertaining with a classes on making chocolate and tamales. This weekend, there'll be a chili cookoff and a cocktail competition.

Tuesday, November 28

Explore Plant-Based Eating at My Thai & Vegan
Explore the plant-based menu at this Las Colinas Thai restaurant with a group of like-minded folks. Menu items include fried coconut tofu, spring rolls, Thai mango wraps, and tofu satay. There will be prizes and an opportunity to share tips with the group. Beer and wine are available for purchase, as are non-vegan items. Hosts for the evening are Mollie Mossman CPA and Dr. Dän Lee Dimke, co-directors of Future-World Institute. The event is free, and starts at 6:30 pm. First 30 attendees get a $10 gift certificate good for items on the menu that evening. Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, November 29

Holiday Chocolate Workshop at Ellie’s
Hall Arts Hotel restaurant will host a chocolate truffle class featuring chocolatier Zach Townsend of dallaschocolateclasses.com. The $75 per person price includes the class, wine, charcuterie, and valet parking. Class begins at 6:30 pm.

Friday December 1

Make Your Own Tamale Workshop
If you've ever wanted to learn how to make the perfect tamale, now is your chance. This is a time to not only have an amazing meal, but a time to spend time together talking and enjoying others' company. In this class you will learn how to prepare your own tamales at home. The class will share the ins and outs of creating wonderful masa, flavorful fillings and perfectly steamed tamales, covering two fillings and accompanying sauces. The class is $70, and takes place at the Culinary Community Kitchen, at 4401 N. Belt Line Rd. in Mesquite. 7-9 pm. Reserve online.

Friday, December 1-Sunday December 3

Alexander Mansion Holiday Home Tour & Bistro
Peek inside the historic Alexander Mansion at 4607 Ross Ave, with docent-led tours. Groups leave approximately every half hour, from 10 am-4 pm. $15. No reservations required for the tour. A separate bistro lunch catered by Chocolate Angel featuring chicken salad, pasta salad, pretzel salad, scones, and iced tea hosts one seating at 12 pm each day. $40, includes the brunch and tour. Reservation deadline for brunch is Monday, November 27.

Saturday, December 2

Two Mules Cantina Chili Cook-Off
First annual chili cook-off at Texican Court hotel by Valencia Hotel Group in Las Colinas features chili made by chefs on-site as well as from sister properties in Austin, College Station, and Lubbock. Get ready for an evening of tastings and toasts, with tokens you can use to vote for your favorite chili in the competition. It's from 5-7 pm, and tickets are $10, although they're doing some giveaways on Facebook.

Sunday, December 3

Repeal Day & Mixology Match-Up at Celestial Beerworks
Celebrate the end of Prohibition, called Repeal Day, with a cocktail competition. Guests can pay $15 to enter their best beverage made using at least one Celestial Beerworks ingredient. (A surprise variety will be provided on the day of the event.) Contestants should bring any other components needed, including mixers, fruit, liqueurs, and garnishes. The wining drink will be used to make an official Celestial Beerworks canned beverage, and the winner will get to collab with the Celestial team on name and label design. The celebration will run from 2–7 pm, and the competition will begin at 4:30 pm with a winner announced at 6:30 pm.

Dallas chef returns with innovative Mexican restaurant at West Village

Chef Matt News

A new Mexican restaurant from Dallas-based Local Favorite Restaurants has debuted at the West Village: Called UnaVida, it's at 3699 McKinney Ave #307 in the former Taco Diner, with a menu created by Executive Chef of New Concept Development, Chef Matt McCallister.

UnaVida is the next step following Mexican Test Kitchen, a temporary concept that opened earlier this year from McCallister and Local Favorite Restaurants founder Mike Karns.

"The development of this concept embodies our passion and commitment for culinary creativity while lending itself to the continuous evolution and expansion of Local Favorite Restaurants," Karns says in a release.

McCallister has created a menu inspired by traditional Mexican flavors but are intentionally innovative.

UnaVida (One Life in Spanish) - is committed to celebrating reimagined yet familiar, fresh flavors and recipes that are also “good-for-you-food” rooted in responsible sourcing and recipes that meet a variety of potential dietary desires.

Karns says, “ We only have One Life, and we’re meant to enjoy it fully. That means to us - eat the best foods made from the highest quality ingredients to fuel you to live your best life. We believe in eating all of the good things - and drinking tequila too - because most good stories don’t start with ‘that one time I ordered a salad.”

"We believe in letting the ingredients take center stage, telling their own story on the plate," McCallister says. "It’s not just about serving great food. It’s about how food can bring people together, creating lasting memories around the table.”

For the all-day lunch and dinner options one might choose from starters such as Street Corn Fritters, Casa Guacamole, Heartcakes - hearts of palm cakes, avocado, salsa veracruz, cabbage slaw, lime aioli or Crudo de Atun - ahi tuna, mancha verde, jugo verde aguachile and more.

“Platos de la Casa” include:

  • Smothered Burrito - Tri-color quinoa, refried lentils, black beans, melted peppers & onion, criminis, zucchini, cashew queso, pico de gallo, guacamole
  • La Hamburgesa - Signature blend of grass-fed ground beef & heirloom mushrooms, rajas con crema, romaine, lime aioli, queso Oaxaca crusted Brioche Bun
  • Open Faced Enchilada Verde - Choice of steak or chicken, chihuahua cheese, zucchini, peppers & onion hash, marinated mushrooms, salsa verde

Bowls with your choice of Mexican cauliflower rice, cilantro rice or quinoa base include options such as:

  • Enchilada Verde refried lentils, crispy yukons, zucchini, lacinato kale, avocado, peas, whipped queso fresco, cashew crema, roasted salsa verde, crispy corn tortilla
  • Sedona black beans, sweet potato, pickled golden beets, roasted corn, purple cabbage slaw, jicama, jalapeno ranch, queso crema, chili-dusted tortilla strips, ginger pepita
  • Fajita melted onions & poblano peppers, grilled broccoli, guacamole, romaine, pickled jalapeno, poblano and cashew queso, chili-dusted tortilla strips, cashew sour cream

Salads, soups, vegetable sides and an array of creative tacos are also available.

The weekend brunch menu delights with Heartcake Benedict made with masa sope, veracruzana sauce, cashew crema, smashed avocado, cabbage slaw, two eggs cooked your way; Chilaquiles - sweet potatoes, corn tortilla chips, asadero and cotija cheese, salsa verde, two eggs cooked your way; Hotcakes two pancakes, banana, creme fraiche, candied peanuts, dulce de coco caramel; or Veggie Hash with crispy yukons, seasonal vegetables, creamy ranchero sauce, two eggs cooked your way, cotija cheese, pico de gallo and more.

The Bar Menu includes a signature Toreados Margarita with grilled serrano, tequila, gran gala, lime; Cantarito with tequila blanco, grapefruit, Jarritos, lime, orange; Guava Cooler made with vodka, lime, grapefruit, pineapple guava; Cactus Caipirinha with cachaca, kiwi, jugo verde, lime, agave; the Caramelized Pineapple Margarita Tequila reposado, agave, lime and more. A full selection of wine and ice-cold Mexican craft or domestic beers are also available.

Filipino fried chicken spot roosts in this week's 5 most-read Dallas stories

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.

1. Filipino chain Jollibee fixes up fried chicken for opening day in Dallas. An eagerly anticipated chicken restaurant is about to make its central Dallas debut: Jollibee, the global Filipino restaurant brand with fried chicken, chicken sandwiches, and Peach Mango Pie dessert, will open its long-awaited first location in Dallas in a former Jack in the Box at 4703 Greenville Ave. on Wednesday, November 29.

2. Scotched sale of downtown Dallas YMCA gives fitness buffs a reprieve. Downtown Dallas fitness buffs can breathe a sigh of relief: A mystery buyer who bid on the downtown Dallas YMCA building has dropped out after several months of negotiations.

3. Where to drink in Dallas right now: 5 bars gone crazy for the holiday. Holiday-themed pop-up bars have officially swept the Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant-bar scene in 2023, moving from a special-circumstance oddity into an expanding trend. This edition of Where to Drink spotlights five locals doing their own versions.

4. Dallas is among the 15 most 'house rich' cities in U.S., report says. With high interest rates and home prices making daily headlines, houses in Texas' current real estate market may seem out of reach for many potential homebuyers. But that isn't the case in Dallas. A new study has revealed Dallas is the No. 15 most "house rich" major city in the nation.

5. Global London Asian chain Wagamama preps noodles for big Dallas debut. A global noodle joint is opening in Dallas: Wagamama, the iconic global restaurant brand offering modern Asian cuisine, is making its Texas debut in Dallas with a location at 2425 Harry Hines Blvd. opening on December 8.