Courtesy of Camp Margaritaville

An RV resort near Galveston Island is getting a major upgrade. After a comprehensive series of renovations, the property currently known as Bolivar Beach Club & RV Resort will become Camp Margaritaville RV Resort Crystal Beach.

Located on Bolivar Peninsula, the 150-acre property features Gulf views and over 200 RV parking spots. The facility also features a concert venue, "Texas-sized" pool with swim-up bar and pool-side cabanas, and a turf playing field. Upgrades will include the addition of the Fins Bar & Grill restaurant and a bar called License to Chill.

RV drivers will find amenities such as electric, water and sewer hookups, complimentary Wi-Fi, dog parks, a gym, and facilities for showering and doing laundry. The location gives visitors close proximity to 27 miles of beaches along the peninsula.

"We’ve seen incredible success and excitement around our existing Camp Margaritaville RV Resort locations and are thrilled to expand our presence in the state of Texas,” Margaritaville COO Brad Schwaeble said in a statement. “As more and more people are finding new ways to travel and explore, Camp Margaritaville Crystal Beach will provide everything needed for a getaway for all ages.”

Camp Margaritaville joins the company's existing Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe. Opened in the summer of 2020, it features 335 suites, an 18-hole golf course, a three-acre waterpark with a lazy river and outdoor pools, and more.


Ex-Deep Ellum bar reopens on Dallas' Greenville Ave. with rooftop breakfast

Greenville Ave News

It's out with one Dallas entertainment district and in with a new: Hide Bar, the former Deep Ellum cocktail bar and restaurant, has reopened on Greenville Avenue, plying cocktails, a full menu of food, and something bright and early: breakfast every day at 8 am.

They're now at 1928 Greenville Ave., in the space most recently occupied by Eastside Social, and before that Nora, and way before that, Whisky Bar. (Thank god for Google Maps.)

The new space is much larger with 400 seats, a 24-seat bar, and an epic rooftop space.

Hide opened in Deep Ellum in 2017 and earned acclaim for its food and craft cocktails, but closed in June 2020 during the pandemic.

During that time, they opened an interim bar in the old Hide space called RoPo & Logan which had a Windy City theme. It has since closed, and they are out of Deep Ellum entirely.

"When COVID hit and we were shut down in Deep Ellum, we decided it was time to move," Backlund says. "Our top choice for a new location was Lower Greenville because we saw it as the safest and best entertainment district in Dallas. Fortunately an operator left the space in mid-construction when COVID hit and it became available."

Did it seem like they were under construction forever?

"The journey to get open was challenging in part due to the vagaries of the permitting process and construction during COVID," Backlund says. "We also gave the space a significant makeover, including infrastructure upgrades that were time consuming. In the end, the space is beautiful, functional and worth the time and effort."

Backlund is enthusiastic about the streetlife scene on Greenville Avenue and creating a place that's not only about drinking at night but open early in the morning, as well.

"We see an opportunity where people can connect over a cup of coffee at 10 am or a cocktail at 10 pm," he says.

The drink menu features 17 of their most popular cocktails, including an Old Fashioned served in a flask with a HIDE branded orange peel, plus 15 new creations with vodka, tequila, gin, and whiskey, something for everyone.

They've also expanded their food menu with a new selection of thin-crust pizzas including BBQ pork and a cheeseburger pizza, joining popular originals including a fried chicken sandwich, loaded tots, and a Double Cheeseburger, which is available at Happy Hour for $7, Monday-Friday 3-6 pm.


Former Dallas chef and Chopped winner debuts new restaurant in Frisco

Chef News

There's a new restaurant opening in Frisco from a chef familiar to Dallas diners: Called WB's Table, it's from Wade Burch, most recently chef at Perle on Maple, and it will open at 279 Main St. #132, in a former Subway, in mid-October.

The restaurant is an offshoot of WB’s Kitchen + Catering, a takeout/to-go operation Burch founded during the pandemic when he saw a market for chef-prepared high-quality meals that people could take home.

The new restaurant will open in the suite next door, providing diners with two Wade Burch options: a sit-down dinner at WB's Table or a grab-and-go at WB's Kitchen.

Prior to Perle on Maple at Le Méridien Dallas/The Stoneleigh, Burch worked at The Plaza Hotel in New York, The Pan Pacific Hotel in San Francisco, and The Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas. He also appeared on and won on Season 11 of Food Network’s Chopped.

Spokesperson Sherry Woodard says that the Table will be a completely different menu from what Burch is serving at the Kitchen, where the menu was crafted with the idea of meals at home featuring comfort food dishes such as beef stroganoff and spaghetti & meatballs.

"WB's Table will have a more upscale menu, with a full bar including craft cocktails and a curated wine list," she says.

Wine will occupy a big role. Burch trained at the School for American Chefs at Beringer Vineyards in Napa Valley, and as well as Windows on the World Wine School in New York. He's into wine.

"He'll be able to offer advice on pairing with meals and to tell you the story of the food," Woodard says.

The space seats about 45 and they've completely redone the interior to mirror the comfortable style at WB's Kitchen.

"The idea with WB's Table is that it’s upscale dining but in a casual atmosphere," she says. "It'll definitely have a chef menu but with a come-as-you-are atmosphere, mimicking exactly how it would be if Wade were cooking for you at home."

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French Room at Adolphus in downtown Dallas revives dinner with big-name chefs

Chef News

A downtown Dallas hotel eatery is easing back to life: After a two-year hiatus, The French Room, the legendary restaurant at the Adolphus hotel, is taking the first steps towards reopening for dinner with a limited dinner series featuring guest chefs.

According to a release, the series will take place on select days in October, November, and January, and represents a return to dinner hours for the restaurant, whose dinner service has been closed since the pandemic.

The restaurant did bring back its High Tea service in 2021, served Wednesday-Sunday from 11 am-3 pm. The hotel also has two other dining options on-site: City Hall Bistro and Rodeo Bar.

But as Nik Katz, their general manager of food & beverage, observes, there is nothing quite like dinner at the French Room.

"An evening at The French Room has historically been a coveted experience, with countless special dinners and milestone moments taking place within the ornate dining room," Katz says in a statement. "The amount of guest requests we continually receive for dinner service at The French Room is overwhelming, so we are thrilled to offer an opportunity for guests to join us for a one-of-a-kind experience."

The series will launch in October when the French Room welcomes Chef Laurent Quenoix for six nights: October 13-15 and October 19-21.

Originally from Sologne, France, Chef Laurent is the owner and Executive Chef of Bistro LQ in downtown L.A., where he's hailed as one of the city's best French chefs.

Beyond the accolades, Quenoix previously worked with Chef Charles Olalia, Culinary Director for Makeready, the management company for The Adolphus.

His menu will comprise four courses plus dessert — so really, it's five courses — with optional wine pairings for an extra fee, and is $125. The menu includes:

  • First Course Chanterelles foie torchon, roasted quince pomegranate, pecan praline
  • Second Course Spiny lobster watercress, kaffir, spicy Chinese relish
  • Third Course Dover sole chestnut and sweet potato mousse, parmesan viennoise, “Alex Humbert”, scallop “salpicon”
  • Fourth Course Devil gulch ranch pigeon scented cumin date pure, almond and mint pesto, salmis reduction, confit legs and liver spread
  • Dessert Tcho chocolate “marjolaine”, Texas pecans, sweet corn mousse, corn glace

Reservations for the ‘Be Our Guest Chef Series’ are limited and can be made on Resy.

Additional chef collaborations and dates for the series will be released in the upcoming weeks.

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6 new restaurants now open in Dallas dish up Thai, Cajun, & sweet cakes

Opening news

It's a busy time for restaurant openings around Dallas, with many in the works, some coming this year, others in 2023.

But this list is more immediate. It's for those who live in the here and now. These restaurants have either just opened or are about to any day. (Two are opening this very weekend.)

There's a coffee shop, a bakery, a Greenville Avenue bar, a doner place, a Loatian-Thai restaurant, and a seafood spot. Something for all tastes.

Here's the 6 newest restaurant openings in Dallas going down:

La La Land Kind Cafe
Dallas coffee shop chain known for its bright yellow color scheme and charitable mission to employ foster youth just opened a location in Richardson. Taking up a former Great Outdoors Sub Shop at 242 W. Campbell Rd., this is the seventh La La in Texas since the concept debuted off Lowest Greenville in 2017. They have a fun menu of drinks such as the Butterfly Latte with a Fruity Pebbles flavor, featuring matcha and butterfly pea blossom tea, and The Cookies n’ Dream Latte with Oreo crumble, la la cloud foam, honey, vanilla, and espresso. Their food menu comprises light bites such as Truffle & Burrata Avocado Toast and Cacao Banana Chia Seed Pudding. This location is unique for the chain in that it's their first drive-thru, which has as of late become an essential amenity for coffee places.

Lubellas Patisserie
The much-anticipated bakery from acclaimed pastry chef Maria Becerra (she was nominated for a CultureMap Tastemaker Award in 2022 for Pastry Chef of the Year) and her husband Ismael Trejo Gonzalez opens on September 25 at 10323 Ferguson Rd. The couple share many years in the restaurant industry, but this is their first shop which they opened in the newly renovated '50s Casa View Center (also home to a buzzy new Starbucks community store). Lubellas is named for their two daughters, and will serve desserts including croissants, cakes to order and cake by the slice, pan dulce, and tres leches cakes, similar to the ones Becerra bakes for Jose Restaurant in the Park Cities.

Meyboom Brasserie
At long last, it's opening day on September 23 for this cool bar-restaurant at 2100 Greenville Ave., serving Belgian bites and beverages. Named for a parade that takes place in Brussels, Meyboom had a lengthy journey: Owners Jeff and April Karetnick initially set their sights on the former San Francisco Rose space, but between the pandemic and parking issues, they pivoted to this new-and-improved location. Two years later, it's a happy ending, with a fine lineup of beers and food, such as mussels which you can get done four ways, and stick-to-your-ribs dishes like potato and beer cheese soup, leek & mashed potatoes, and roasted cauliflower with beer cheese sauce. A dedicated brunch menu includes Belgian street fries, poutine, Liege waffles, build-your-own omelets, and chocolate-raspberry French toast.

Sakhuu Thai
Lao and Thai restaurant founded in Dallas in 2012 has opened its third location, this one in Plano at The Shops at Legacy North, at 7300 Lone Star Dr. #C128. Signature dishes include duck with rice, sizzling Bangkok beef, salmon pa-nang, noodles, fried rice, curries, and stuffed chicken wings. Beyond their usual Lao and Thai fusion staples, this location has some Plano-exclusive items including sea bass, chicken with yuzu citrus sauce, and garlic stir fry. They're open for dinner nightly and weekday lunch, when they feature a daily special with fried veggie egg roll or soup of the day, entrée, and beverage. They also have a full-service bar with exotic cocktails such as Sakhuu jungle fever and Thai tea paradise.

Spitz Frisco
Fast-casual restaurant concept from California is opening in Frisco at 6851 Warren Pkwy. #201 on September 29. They specialize in doner kebabs: thin slices of meat shaved from a vertical spit roast, then wrapped in flatbread with tomato, onion, lettuce, and sauce. They also do veggie wraps such as the one with hummus, lemon-herb tahini, olives, green pepper, tomato, cucumber, roasted corn, pickled onions, crispy garbanzos, romaine, cabbage, falafel, or quinoa. There's a big commitment to fries such as Berliner fries topped with berliner red sauce, tzatziki sauce, cabbage, carrot slaw, cucumber, tomato, feta, olives, corn, and pepperoncinis. Other options include salads, bowls, and gyros, and a full bar with cocktails, wine, beer, and sangria.

Tricky Fish
Local seafood concept founded in 2017 by Chris Degan, former president of Razzoo’s Brands, has opened its fourth Dallas-area location in Frisco, at 1305 Cowboys Way in The Star District. Tricky Fish is known for its coastal Cajun-inspired seafood dishes, with highlights such as Fried Green Tomatoes served with Remoulade and blackened shrimp; The D.G.D Darn Good Salad; and the Fried Shrimp Po’Boy. Today’s Catch is a daily seafood offering with a variety of preparations from which to choose such as the signature “Tricky Fish” style with crawfish etouffee, dirty rice, and okra. A full bar serves craft cocktails, beer on tap, a daily happy hour, and rotating drink specials. Weekend brunch with a DIY mimosa bar is served Saturday-Sunday, 10 am–2 pm.

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Where to shop in Dallas right now: 9 must-hit stores for September

Where to Shop Now

Dallas is back in business after a hot hiatus of a summer. The stores are bustling and the people are out shopping. Here are nine shops that you need to stop by — in person or virtually — sometime this month to escape the lingering warm temps while simultaneously stepping up your fall wardrobe.

Mary Voss has opened the latest and greatest women's boutique that is the perfect mix of contemporary and elegant. This highly selective shop features brands such as Acacia, AGolde, American Vintage, Koch, Place Nationale, and S/W/F. If you aren't able to pop in to the store, call or text them to purchase something that caught your eye from the store's very active Instagram account.

Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio
Want to pick up some seriously swoon-worthy items from your home that are already approved by some of the hottest designers in town? Shop the charitable Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio now through September 24. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am-5 pm, in the Dallas Design District, 1506 Market Center Blvd. This year's line up of designers includes Javier Burkle, The Loveliest Home, Todd Fiscus, and more, and inventory gets replenished regularly. Read more about the Thrift Studio's mission here.

Jack Mason
Dallas' West Village recently welcomed a new watch boutique that features a full-size watch bar where the owners will walk you through the entire collection and provide a personalized watch-fitting experience. Regardless of your budget or your preference in style, this brand has something that will get you telling time in sophisticated style.

Luxury Lab Pop-Up at Galleria Dallas
Join one of Dallas' favorite North Dallas shopping destinations for a pop-up featuring more than a dozen of Mexico's top designers and artisans. The event is set for September 22-25 on level one across from Gucci. LuxuryLab Global, which is thought by many to be one of the most important travel summits in Latin America, is popping up in time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and will be marked by a special VIP event on Thursday. Meet the designers and shop Friday-Sunday from 12-6 pm.

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. Read more about the designer and brand here.

Sarah Flint
After serious success at a Dallas pop-up last year, this fashionable shoe brand opened a permanent boutique on level two of NorthPark Center, between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. The Dallas location marks Sarah Flint's second permanent storefront opening behind its store in Nashville. This brand is booming in Dallas because it doesn't make women choose between style and comfort. The best of both worlds? Yes, we'll take two.

Dallas-born designer (and Highland Park High School grad) Monica Millington created a new loungewear brand that, she hopes, will provide an ethical alternative to fast fashion while playing on millennial nostalgia. It's a line of sustainable, unisex loungewear that officially launched online August 27. Millington was inspired by the wildly popular Juicy Couture sweatpants and track suits of the early 2000s, which have been making a comeback. Read more about the designer and brand here.

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Sette Collective
It's finally time to shop the Dallas-based activewear destination offering a refreshing selection of sporty sets. Co-founders Jodi Pratt and Melissa Pastora believe that the clothing people wear impacts the way they feel. They saw a need for a space that offered fashionable, flattering, and functional styles that instantly boost confidence. Shop the collection here and hit their West Village pop-up store at 4438 McKinney St. #200, from September 15-25.

St. John
This brand built on the art of executing simple, elegant, and versatile knit dresses has opened a beautiful new boutique on level one of NorthPark Center between Neiman Marcus and Dillard's. The boutique features dresses, suiting, separates, evening and even accessories. This is the only location of St. John in North Texas.

The charitable Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio runs through September 24.

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The charitable Dwell with Dignity Thrift Studio runs through September 24.
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Top-ranked high schools make the grade 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. 2 distinguished Dallas high schools sit at head of the class as Texas' best in 2022. Two campuses in Dallas have earned extra credit as the best high schools in Texas. In the latest rankings from education review website Niche, Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented & Gifted tops the list of the state’s best public high schools, and St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas leads the list of the state’s best private high schools.

2. NFL legend Terry Bradshaw's ranch north of Dallas listed for $22.5 million. An Oklahoma ranch around 70 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth that’s owned by NFL Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw is back on the market for $22.5 million. The 744-acre ranch was relisted after a deal with a would-be buyer fell through.

3. Dallas grilled cheese restaurant abruptly closes location in Oak Cliff. A Bishop Arts restaurant dedicated to making grilled cheese sandwiches has closed: The aptly named Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. closed its original location at 310 W. 7th St., after nearly eight years. According to co-owner Diana Ezzell, the closure was prompted by problems with the location.

4. Best vegan grocer in Denton relocates to market-deli space. An acclaimed market in Denton specializing in all things vegan is making a move: Mashup Market, the plant-based specialty grocer that debuted at 316 Oak St. in 2020, is closing that original location and making its new headquarters at 1302 W. Hickory St., its second location that opened in 2021.

5. Dallas man allegedly scammed $26M from Chinese real estate investors. A Dallas-area man has been charged for allegedly scamming Chinese investors out of more than $26 million in a real estate scheme. Timothy Lynch Barton, the 59-year-old president of real estate development firm JMJ and CEO of real estate investment firm Carnegie Development, has been indicted on seven counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and one count of securities fraud.

Beto to visit Dallas college campuses following debate on TV with Abbott

Campaign News

On November 8, Texas will vote for its next governor — choosing from either incumbent Republican Greg Abbott or Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.

In anticipation, the two will participate in a debate on September 30, which takes place at 7 pm at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg. It's hosted by KXAN news anchor Britt Moreno and will feature questions from a panel of journalists.

The debate will air on Nexstar television stations which in Dallas is KDAF Channel 33; the Texas Tribune will also livestream.

It's their only scheduled debate and according to the Associated Press, Abbott conditioned his participation on the debate taking place without an audience.

"Sources tell me Abbott would only agree to face Beto with no audience in the room," said journalist Scott Braddock, in a tweet which is right here:

This will be first time Abbott and O'Rourke meet since the May 25 press conference where O’Rourke confronted Abbott after the shooting in Uvalde.

O'Rourke, who previously undertook a summer tour across Texas, holding 70 public events in more than 65 counties, is now launching a College Tour focused on young voters. It includes visits to two Dallas-area campuses, with only one open to the public, as follows:

  • Monday October 3, 10 am: Town Hall at University of North Texas, at the University of North Texas - Gateway Center Ballroom, 801 N. Texas Blvd., Denton. Open to UNT students only.
  • Monday October 3, 12:30 pm: College Tour Town Hall at Dallas College El Centro Campus, 801 Main St., Dallas. Open to the public.

During the College Tour, he'll hold more than a dozen public events at colleges and universities around the state, affording an opportunity not only for him to share his platform — reproductive freedom, reducing gun violence, raising minimum wage, legalizing marijuana — but also an opportunity to get students and young people registered before the October 11 deadline.

'Wide-awake' Dallas neighbor is 2nd best U.S city for families, says Fortune

No place like home

Fortune advises readers to not let Wylie’s “picturesque, historic downtown fool you.” And for good reason. The magazine hails the North Texas city as “a fast-growing, modern community that doesn’t skimp on the amenities.”

Thanks in large part to those amenities, Fortune puts Wylie at No. 2 on its list of the 25 best places in the U.S. for families to live. Ann Arbor, Michigan, takes the top spot.

In recognizing Wylie, the magazine cites the city’s well-above-average public schools, numerous facilities for older residents, and events such as the Bluegrass on Ballard festival and Wylie 500 Pedal Car Race.

"With its start as a stop on the Santa Fe Railway in the 1880s, Wylie has always been a gathering place," the magazine writes. "In fact, because shops stayed open late to accommodate the railway visitors and business, one of the town’s nicknames became 'Wide-Awake Wylie.' The historic downtown continues that tradition of community today..."

Fortune lists the median home price in Wylie as $399,838 and the median household income as $96,845. The booming suburb is home to nearly 60,000 residents. It now stretches across Dallas, Collin, and Rockwall counties.

To come up with its ranking, Fortune combed through mounds of data for almost 2,000 communities in the U.S.

The only other Texas city in the top 25 is the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, ranked 17th.

“Residents have a sweet spot for this Houston suburb that brings the community together through its lively downtown hub, local events, and even a ball game or two,” Fortune says.

Among other highlights, Fortune notes Sugar Land’s “outstanding schools,” the Sugar Land Space Cowboys minor-league baseball team, Sugar Land Town Square, and high-quality health care at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

In Sugar Land, the median home price is $399,250 and the median household income is $121,665, according to Fortune. The suburb is home to around 110,000 people.