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Wild Acre Brewing Company and Hari Mari

Don’t think of Dallas-based Hari Mari as just a flip-flop company anymore. It might also become the name of your new fave summer ale.

Hari Mari, the socially conscious Dallas shoe brand, is partnering with Fort Worth's Wild Acre Brewing Company to launch a beer called Hari Mari Ale.

The public will get its first taste during a launch party at Wild Acre on Saturday, March 30. Then the ale will go on sale for the summer — and stay, if it's a hit.

The two DFW companies were already “brand friends,” with Hari Mari offering the brewery’s beer as part of their customers' shopping experience. That relationship inspired the Hari Mari Ale, which is brewed with agave nectar and lime.

“A lot of times, when people are wearing their flip-flops, especially on the weekends, they’re drinking beer, so it kind of made sense,” Hari Mari co-founder Lila Stewart says. “It was a really fun process, because our team went out there and sat down with their brewery guys and tasted all different types and kinds of flavors.”

Wild Acre founder John Pritchett, who pitched the idea to Hari Mari, says the beer is brewed for the Texas summer.

"It’s very different from anything that we’ve done in the past," Pritchett says. "We’ve not used significant fruit in a beer that we’ve put out thus far, so it’s fun and unique from that standpoint, and I think people will react really well to it, and we’re hopeful that Hari Mari gets their products in front of a whole new audience, as well.”

The launch party takes place 11 am-6 pm March 30 at Wild Acre Brewing, 1734 E. El Paso St., Ste. 190, in Fort Worth. The entry fee is $15, and adjacent restaurant Joe Riscky's Barbeque, which normally services the brewery, will also serve food.

Hari Mari donates 1 percent of every pair of flops sold to help those battling pediatric cancer, through the campaign Flops Fighting Cancer. A portion of sales Saturday will be donated to Cook Children's Medical Center, giving customers a chance to drink for a good cause.

During the summer, the ale will be available only at Hari Mari’s East Dallas shop and at the Wild Acre facility.

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Fashion Group International fêtes top Dallas designers and artists

Rising Star Awards

Dallas' most fashion forward recently stepped out for the Fashion Group International (FGI) of Dallas' 21st annual Rising Stars Awards Ceremony, which took place at Design District’s Seven for Parties.

The event, this year co-chaired by Holly Quartaro and Dr. Jason Stanford, honors the accomplishments of the city's emerging talents in the areas of women’s fashion, men’s fashion, photography, art, fashion blogging, and makeup artistry.

Attendees, including Cynthia Smoot, Chad Collum, Ken Weber, LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kemble, Nha-Khanh Nguyen, Loi Dang, Whitney Kutch, Rochelle Rodriguez, and Melissa Moore, first were treated to pop-up men’s and women’s fashion presentations produced by Jan Strimple Productions. Art and media installations highlighting the nominees were displayed throughout the space. And a surprise music presentation by local artist Hannah Fentriss kept the room buzzing. Reality TV star Courtney Kerr emceed.

When it came time to present the awards, these were the 2018 honorees:

  • Rising Star Winner in Men’s Fashion: Jason Simmons of DeadSoxy
  • Rising Star Winner in Women’s Fashion: Venny Etienne of Levity
  • Rising Star Winner in Photography: Aaron Fairooz
  • Rising Star Winner in Art: Lindsey Meyers
  • Rising Star Winner in Fashion Blogging: Amber LaFrance of DFW Style Daily
  • Rising Star Winner in MakeUp Artistry: Jo Franco
  • People’s Choice Award: Jo Franco

FGI of Dallas is part of Fashion Group International, a global, nonprofit, professional organization with more than 6,000 members representing all areas of the fashion industry. FGI provides a high-profile forum to promote the fashion business by hosting events that educate and facilitate the exchange of ideas by giving back to the community. Proceeds from the event funded FGI of Dallas’ foundation scholarships.

Whitney Kutch, Rochelle Rodriguez, Melissa Moore

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Whitney Kutch, Rochelle Rodriguez, Melissa Moore
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Stylemaker Awards party reveals Dallas' most fashion-fabulous in 2017

Stylemaker Winners Revealed

The click of cameras and clack of stilettos filled Tootsies on October 26 as the most fashionable women and men in Dallas gathered for the 2017 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards Reveal Party.

Themed "Defining Decades of Style," the fourth annual soiree celebrated style icons of the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s — Twiggy, Cher, Prince, and Kate Moss. Party-goers dressed for the decade that spoke to their soul, while four different bars, "outfitted" with each of the four style icons, mixed signature cocktails from each decade.

This year’s finalists — Amber LaFrance, Rida Mandavia, Brad Pritchett, Deve Sanford, Yasmeen Tadia, and Molly Tuttle — showed off their styling skills by creating full looks with clothing and accessories from retailers at The Plaza, our Stylemaker Awards partner. Both looks, "red carpet ready" and, in keeping with the theme, "defining decade," were presented on mannequins throughout the store. To reach the finals, the contestants, nominated by the public, were voted through in an online poll.

Before the masses arrived, a panel of four judges assembled and visited each finalist's look, evaluating their use of Plaza retailers, creativity, and execution of the themes. The distinguished jury included Dallas fashion designer Nardos Imam, reality TV personality and entrepreneur Catherine Lowe, philanthropist and executive Lynn McBee, and 2016 Stylemaker Awards readers' choice winner Chris Hite.

Once inside, guests sampled bites from Plaza restaurants True Food Kitchen, Taco Diner, and Sprinkles while visiting checking out the finalists' work. They sipped their decade-themed cocktails featuring signature spirits (Gimlets and Gin Mules with Greenhouse Gin, Harvey Wallbangers with Tower Vodka, and Whiskey Sours with Black Feather Whiskey) and picked up swag bags filled with goodies from Plaza retailers.

Revelers tried makeup looks from different decades courtesy of Benefit Cosmetics — then hit the SmileBooth animated photo booth and style-revealing Truth Booth, shopped a Swoozie's pop-up shop, and purchased Partners Cards. For the first time, proceeds from the reveal party went to The Family Place's Partners Card program. All the while, DJ Blake Ward spun the hottest tunes through the decades — The Police, The Rolling Stones, Journey, even The Spice Girls.

Then, the big moment arrived. CultureMap Dallas Community Manager Lacy Ball introduced the finalists and announced the winners.

The 2017 Readers' Choice title, determined by public voting, went to Amber LaFrance, president and executive publicist for CultureHype, publisher/editor-in-chief of DFW Style Daily, and co-owner of Longhorn Ballroom.

The judges chose Deve Sanford, a fine art consultant, curator, and partner at Dbrand Distribution, as their ultimate Stylemaker. Both winners were whisked away for photo shoots, video interviews, and many congratulations from the crowd.

"I was so surprised to win Reader's Choice," said LaFrance, who was nominated by work colleagues. "The finalists this year were awesome. It's so much more than a style competition to me; it's a chance to celebrate everyone with a quirky sense of style like mine."

Sanford said she was not expecting to win, either.

"When I heard my name announcing that I had won the Style Challenge and was the judges' choice, I was completely shocked," she said. "My fellow Stylemakers really stepped up to the plate and had such amazing, creative looks."

For her "defining decade" look, she chose the '70s because "it was a time period of complete freedom of expression and personal empowerment," she said. "The women's tuxedo, first designed by Yves Saint Laurent in 1966, really emerged and took off during this period and has become an iconic style that women continue to embrace even today."

To put her own touch to the styling of the Balmain ​tuxedo she found at Tootsies, she made her mannequin the ultimate Bond Girl. Her "red carpet" look was inspired by her own red carpet experiences, "my most recent one being at the opening of the Dallas Opera's 61st season last week," she said. "My mannequin wore a breathtaking, structural gown by Nardos and was on her way to see Madame Butterfly. She was all ready with her opera glasses, program, and was surrounded by beautiful Baccarat butterflies that I found at Bachendorf's."

Sanford added that the Stylemakers process helped shine a light on the broad, diverse definition of personal style.

"This entire experience really just reconfirmed my belief that style is truly timeless," she said. "It has nothing to do with trends and is purely a reflection of who you are."

Attendees had their runway moment on a red carpet outside the party.

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Attendees had their runway moment on a red carpet outside the party.
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8 reasons every Dallas trendsetter should attend the Stylemaker Awards reveal party

Dress to Impress

It's almost time to celebrate the most fashionable women and men in Dallas in high style. On October 26, we will honor the six finalists at the fourth annual CultureMap Stylemaker Awards reveal party at Tootsies, and we hope you'll join us.

But, what do you wear to such a fashion-forward fete? Here are some details about the party to help you plan.

Themed "Defining Decades of Style," the party will celebrate style icons of the '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s — Twiggy, Cher, Prince, and Kate Moss. Party-goers are encouraged to dress for whichever of those decades speaks to their soul. Think Bond Girl fierce, rock 'n' roll rad, Madonna fabulous, Carrie Bradshaw chic, or Clueless cute. (It is not a Halloween costume party, however, so please leave your Austin Powers-replica Mr. Bigglesworth doll at home.)

Then come ready to walk the red carpet, sip signature cocktails, belly up to a cosmetics bar, mug for a photo booth, and more. Without revealing too many panache party details, here are a few highlights we can tease:

Eats and drinks: Plaza restaurants will pass out tasty bites and noshes, while four different bars, "dressed" with each of the four style icons, will mix signature cocktails from each decade. Whether you're into Mad Men-era dirty martinis or fizzy '90s champagne cocktails, you won't go thirsty.

Benefit Cosmetics Bar: Try out makeup trends that correspond with the decades; for example, bold wings and mascara from the '60s or shimmery eye shadow and nude lips from the '90s.

Smilebooth Photos: At this cool photo booth, guests will take photos and animated GIFs with different filters for each decade and share them via social media or print out their photo strips as keepsakes.

The Truth Booth: Think you're chic? We'll tell you the truth in this fun interactive experience. Get ready to take your wardrobe to the next level.

Swoozies and Partners Card: Swoozies will set up a pop-up shop full of fun gifts, themed home decor, stationery, and more. They also will provide an incentive for anyone who purchases a Partners Card that evening. Proceeds from the reveal party will benefit The Family Place's Partners Card program.

Tootsies Iconic Fashions: The retail host for the evening will outfit four mannequins to represent one look from each decade.

Memorable music: DJ Blake Ward will spin the hottest tunes through the decades ... The Police, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, The Cure, Ace of Base, No Doubt, and yes, The Spice Girls will be part of the dance party.

The main event: It all culminates with our Stylemakers finalists' style challenge. They will create full looks with clothing and accessories pulled from retailers at The Plaza, our Stylemaker Awards partner. The looks will be evaluated by our panel of five fabulous judges: fashion designer Nardos Imam, reality TV personality and entrepreneur Catherine Lowe, philanthropist and executive Lynn McBee, celebrity stylist J. Bolin, and 2016 Stylemaker Awards readers' choice winner Chris Hite.

Party-goers will get the chance to mingle with the judges and finalists throughout the night. Read more about the finalists here. The readers' choice winner will be crowned at the party, along with the judges' choice for ultimate Stylemaker.

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Animal-loving Dallas Stylemaker finalist's closet changed with her diet

Stylemaker Spotlight

Editor's note: We're shining a spotlight on the six finalists in the 2017 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards, continuing with finalist Molly Tuttle. Voting for the readers' choice winner continues through October 24 at 11:59 pm. The winners will be named at our Reveal Party on October 26 at Tootsies in The Plaza.

Molly Tuttle’s change in personal style wasn’t so much of an evolution as it was a big bang.

About three years ago, she was working as a wardrobe stylist and had a closet full of leather, silk, wool, suede, and even fur. Then she went vegan and decided she needed to align her closet with her kitchen.

“Overnight, I sold everything on Ebay, gave it to friends, totally redid my house and closet, and now everything is eco-friendly, sustainable, fair trade, and it's all cruelty-free and animal-friendly,” says Tuttle, 33. “I went online looking for a blogger who was completely cruelty-free, couldn't find one, so I decided to be one.”

She now lists her occupation as style blogger and animal activist. At a recent photo shoot, she was dressed, head-to-toe, in some of her favorite animal-friendly pieces: vegan leather shoes and pants, a vintage rock band T-shirt she’d cut it up herself to suit her style, and her grandmother’s hand-me-down necklace.

A newlywed, Tuttle and her husband threw an all-vegan celebration recently, too. We chatted more about how her lifestyle choices influence her fashion choices.

CultureMap: Why did you decide to go vegan a few years ago?

Molly Tuttle: “I’ve been an animal lover my whole life. I have three rescue dogs at home that are like my babies. I started to make the connection that they’re not that different from a baby pig or a baby cow. It’s really just kind of what our society has labeled them as that drives our behavior. So I went to an animal sanctuary, I was playing with baby goats — they’re one of the most-consumed foods in the world — and I found that they look and act just like dogs. So it really got me thinking, and that’s how I began animal rescue and veganism.”

CM: How does your vegan lifestyle influence your fashion choices?

MT: “I want to be really intentional with where I buy and what I buy. I love vintage; it's the most sustainable, and in my opinion, soulful way to shop. I really love to support high-fashion designers when they step outside the box and start making animal-friendly choices. As far as my style, I am not a totally structured person, so stylistically I'm not too structured either. I like to implement edgy pieces and more fanciful pieces, but nothing too ‘of a theme.’”

CM: What’s your advice for others in Dallas who want to implement a total vegan lifestyle?

MT: “Dallas is actually super progressive when it comes to moving toward vegan options. But it's also still normal to see fur worn here. My best advice … is to go at your own pace and to forgive yourself. Temptations abound, and you are going to slip up; you don't have to be perfect to be good. If you’re an extremist, go cold turkey. If you’re not, start with a meatless Monday. As far as shopping, I would suggest going online or looking in our local boutiques. Esther Penn, for instance, has lots of vegan leather handbags and shoes.”

CM: Is that the kind of advice your blog aims to give?

MT: “On my blog, FashionVeggie, you might find anything from vegan fashion to travel. You’ll find a lot of vegan beauty — products that haven’t been tested on animals. I try to keep it all relatable, fun and light because I’m just a random, normal person who decided to make a change in my lifestyle, and I want to show it is attainable for anybody. I want to make cruelty-free living easy for everybody.”

CM: How did you feel when you found out you were nominated for a CultureMap Stylemaker Award?

MT: “I was so excited. I feel like my mission and the way I dress is the definition of a Stylemaker because I'm changing people's perception about vegan fashion and letting people know that there are options out there that are more eco-friendly. So, to me, that is a Stylemaker."

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This Dallas Stylemaker finalist swapped corporate suits for sweet new style

Stylemaker Spotlight

Editor's note: We're shining a spotlight on the six finalists in the 2017 CultureMap Stylemaker Awards, continuing with finalist Yasmeen Tadia. Voting for the readers' choice winner continues through October 24 at 11:59 pm. The winners will be named at our Reveal Party on October 26 at Tootsies in The Plaza.

What do you wear to work when you’re the founder of a company that sells cotton candy and promises to “make life sweeter” for people all over the country?

Neither a stiff, buttoned-up suit nor a pink, frilly confection.

It’s closet challenge that Yasmeen Tadia welcomes every day. Tadia, 35, is CEO and founder of Make Your Life Sweeter Brands: Fluffpop, Hotpoppin, Sugaire, and Modsweets.

"Make your life sweeter” is a motto she lives by, too. Tadia's philanthropic passion has motivated her to create a nonprofit organization called Random Acts of Sweetness.

But her yummiest title of all may be that of mom.

We caught up with her recently to chat about looking her best while living her sweetest life.

CultureMap: What is your style philosophy?

Yasmeen Tadia: “I love being able to make a first impression lasting for everybody. So my biggest thing is having something memorable that I’m wearing, making sure that I dress conservatively but always professionally.”

CM: How has your style evolved?

YT: “I am a mom of an 8-year-old, and I have to remember to dress like a mom sometimes. So my style has evolved quite a bit. I always try to make sure that when I’m traveling, I also can carry luggage and be that mom. But on the other hand, I always want to create a first lasting impression. Over the years when I was in corporate America, I used to dress in a very suit-and-pants style, and now I’m trying to get to the point where I dress more fun and trendy.”

CM: How has your Indian culture influenced your fashion choices?

YT: “My culture and heritage does have a lot to do with my style and how I present myself. At 12 years old, I decided that I was going to follow a modest lifestyle and dress conservatively but also fashion forward. So you won’t see me dress in a manner that’s not conservative or modest.”

CM: How do you incorporate that idea into a work wardrobe?

YT: “Cotton candy is all about pink and having pops of different color and pops of fun and creativity. So you’ll always see me dressed in something that’s a little more muted so when I show up to events, I’m not, like, bright and ‘out there.’ But I will always try to have some really cool shoes or a cool accessory.”

CM: Tell us a little more about the sweet charity you founded.

YT: “I have a nonprofit called Random Acts of Sweetness, and it is really about celebrating people who do good things for others without expecting anything in return. We love just celebrating people who are good people. We do a ton of charity and philanthropic events all over the country, as well as just celebrating individuals who just go above and beyond to do good things.”

CM: How did you feel when you found out you were nominated for a CultureMap Stylemaker Award?

YT: “I was beyond excited. I really have never been put in a position where people even noticed my style. I get compliments every now again from people saying, ‘I like the way you dress’ or ‘I like what you have on,’ but I never felt like I was stylish. Being conservative and having a modest outlook on dressing was a little bit of a challenge for me — to make sure that I’m in style but still upholding my standards — so it’s definitely an honor.”

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Texas parks beckon throughout 2022 holidays with festive events and peaceful escapes

Silent nights

If roasting ‘smores and hiking in the great outdoors sounds fun, pack up your family and visit one of Texas’ state parks this holiday season.

Texas state parks and historic sites are ringing in the holidays with a number of festive events. There are drive-thru light tours, special holiday hikes, arts and crafts for the kiddos, and more.

Reservations fill up quickly, so be sure to visit an individual park's website before you head out. And check the Holidays in the Parks page for many more fun options, pricing information, and more information.

Dallas-Fort Worth-area parks

Tyler State Park
Enjoy Reading Ranger Campfire Stories around a cozy campfire at 3 pm December 3. Head back December 9-10 for A Pineywoods Christmas, when you can stroll or drive through the Lakeview and Big Pine campgrounds to take in campers' elaborately decorated sites and take a Winter Wonderland Hike.

Lake Tawakoni State Park
Drive through or stay at the park and decorate your campsite with your favorite Christmas decorations to receive your second night of camping free during your stay. There will be a decorating contest, complete with awards, as well as a reading of The Night before Christmas — all part of Twinkle Tour 2022, 5-8 pm December 3.

Daingerfield State Park
Drive through the park lit up like Santa Land during the 10th annual Christmas in the Park drive thru lights tour December 14-17 (times vary). Marvel at the decorated campsites and lights, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while waiting for a chance to visit with Santa.

Eisenhower State Park
Help those in need and spread holiday cheer — and as a bonus, get free entry to the park — by bringing one unwrapped donation item to the park’s Holiday Donation Drive through December 19. Visit December 9-10 to visit the Light Up the Park drive-thru lights event, featuring milk and cookies with Santa. This year, the park is taking unwrapped toys to donate instead of collecting entrance fees for the event.

Cleburne State Park
Enjoy Pancakes With Santa and make pinecone bird feeders 9-11 am December 10.

Cedar Hill State Park
Search for birds taking their winter break at the park during their Winter Birding Walk, which takes place 7:30-8:30 am December 13. Explore Christmas on Penn Farm on December 17: Learn about the history and pioneers of the Penn Family and the farm they built 150 years ago.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park
Experience Christmas, cowboy style, at Cross Timbers Cowboy Christmas, December 3. Park ranger and cowboy poet David Owens will gather guests around a campfire at the Lone Star Amphitheater for an evening of cowboy culture through songs, stories and poems.

Dinosaur Valley State Park
In partnership with Toys for Tots, the park is hosting Christmas in the Valley, a full day of ranger-led events, programs, family friendly activities, arts and crafts, food and more. Bring a new and unwrapped toy for free admission for the whole family. The event takes place 1-4 pm December 17.

Austin/San Antonio-area parks

Bastrop State Park
Follow ornaments with clues through the park every day in December during the annual Fa La La Through The Forest Scavenger Hunt. Enjoy the Lost Pines Christmas Parade, a collaborative event with Bastrop and Buescher Parks, at 6 pm December 10. Tour the inside of the historic Refectory and see how the Civilian Conservation Corps celebrated Christmas away from home during A Lost Pines CCC Christmas 9 am-12 pm December 17.

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site
Visit the popular attraction during December to learn how the farm staff get ready for das Weihnachten (Christmas). Return to the park at 5:30 pm December 18 for the 53rd Annual Tree Lighting, a holiday tradition started by President and Mrs. Johnson.

Garner State Park
Join the Buffalo Soldiers program and friends as they stop into Garner State Park before leaving for Christmas break during the Marching Towards Christmas event 10 am-2 pm December 10. Christmas activities will include hand-dipped candles, frontier Christmas painting, Christmas-themed hard tack in Dutch ovens, and stories of the Buffalo Soldiers.

Buescher State Park
On the Fa La La in the Forest Scavenger Hunt, you can follow ornaments with clues through the park to secure a prize at the end, December 1 to January 1. Enjoy the Smithville Festival of Lights and Lighted Parade, a collaborative effort between Buescher and Bastrop parks, on December 3.

Hill Country State Natural Area
See how art, history and state parks are connected; learn some basic watercolor techniques and paint a card or two to take home during the Watercolor Christmas Cards event 2:30-4 pm December 3. Come back for Horses in History & Ornament Craft from 2:30-4 pm December 22 and learn how horses played important roles in the lives of vaqueros, native people, ranchers and more. Then, play a round of horseshoes and paint a horse ornament to take with you.

South Llano River State Park
At Christmas at the Ranch, 2-5 pm December 3, guests can warm up with hot chocolate and cider, listen to live entertainment, enjoy crafts and cookie decorating, and anticipate Santa's visit while taking in the twinkling lights and Christmas decorations at the historic Ranch House that now serves as Park Headquarters.

Houston and Gulf Coast-area parks

Brazos Bend State Park
Holiday in the Park is an all-day affair on December 10. Events include a self-guided "Elf Hike," Christmas crafts, "Pup Parade," s'mores, and more.

Goose Island State Park
See the park in lights, enjoy holiday activities, and camp for free when you decorate your campsite during Christmas in the Park on December 17. Guests are invited to "Santa's Village" at the CCC Recreation Hall for holiday crafts, games, hot chocolate around the campfire, and to drop off letters to Santa in the North Pole Mailbox.

Lake Corpus Christi State Park
Get in the holiday spirit with the second annual Holiday Light Drive Thru, 6-9 pm December 10. Visitors can enter the park for a drive through the lighted areas of Javelina and Opossum Bend camping loops, plus the Old Pavilion.

West Texas and the Panhandle-area parks

Franklin Mountains State Park
On December 3, make ornaments and holiday cards with recycled materials as part of the Art in the Parks series. During Cookies and Cocoa, you can decorate and take home your own Christmas treat while sipping on a cup of hot chocolate 2-4 pm December 23. Come back on Christmas Eve for a guided, two-mile Santa Hike at 11 am.

Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
Bring your family out for Home for the Holidays guided family hike on December 10 and moderate hike on December 17.

San Angelo State Park
Enjoy a drive-thru tour of lights and optional pictures with Santa and Smokey Bear during Holly-Days in the Park, 6-8 pm December 10.

Restaurant proud of its wood-fired grill debuts in McKinney's buzzy Hub 121

Patio News

There's a new restaurant opening at Hub 121, the buzzy development in McKinney at the intersection of Alma Drive and SH121: Called Fork and Fire, it's a restaurant boasting a wood-fired grill from chef Jason Graman, and according to a release, it opened in mid-November at 7540 TX-121 #150.

This is actually the second location. The first opened in Plano on The Boardwalk in Granite Park, originally under the name B. Frank & Relish before rebranding to Fork and Fire in 2019.

The new location in McKinney is bigger than the popular Plano original, with more space for intimate dining, an expanded bar area, lots of natural light, and a patio that overlooks Hub 121’s amphitheater.

“We looked at all the best parts of our original location and bumped them up a notch,” said owner Jason Graman. “It’s an elevated dining experience, which is why we’re excited to be part of the exploding new scene at Hub 121.”

The building blocks of the menu include an Argentine-style woodfired grill, with bread they bake in-house daily and use of locally grown produce.

Other building blocks mentioned in the release are all about animal products as follows:

  • Akaushi beef, Wagyu cattle and raised in Texas
  • Faroe Island salmon. Situated north of Scotland in the Northeast Atlantic, this is obviously not locally grown.
  • House-made pastrami. AKA Jason’s “8145 Pastrami” featuring brisket that's brined, seasoned, smoked, and steamed.

The bar specializes in bourbon, whiskey, and tequila, with more than 50 varieties of tequila, 24 wines on tap, and 23 beers on tap.

Graman is a native of Brooklyn who has been in the restaurant business for more than 28 years, both in Dallas and previously in Los Angeles.

Legendary rockers Metallica set massive tour schedule with a stop in Arlington

Concert news

The legendary heavy metal rock band Metallica's massive M72 world tour will find them playing two nights in every city they visit, including August 18 and 20, 2023 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The tour, taking place throughout 2023 and 2024, is currently scheduled to go to 22 cities around the world, starting with Amsterdam, Netherlands on April 27. The Arlington concerts, the only stop in Texas, are part of the initial North American leg of the tour, running from August 4 to November 12.

In a November 27 announcement, the band promises that each stop will feature a "No Repeat Weekend," with two completely different setlists and support lineups at each concert. Joining them in Arlington will be the reunited Dallas band Pantera (touring for the first time in 22 years) and Mammoth WVH on August 18, and Five Finger Death Punch and Ice Nine Kills on August 20.

The tour, which will feature a new in-the-round stage design that relocates the Metallica Snake Pit to center stage, is in support of the band's new album, 72 Seasons, their first new release in six years.

The shows will include a number of unique ticketing options, including two-day tickets, discounted tickets for fans under 16 years of age, and the I Disappear full-tour pass for fans who want to travel to multiple cities.

Two-day tickets will go on sale on Friday, December 2 at Ticketmaster.com, and will include the option of pre-ordering 72 Seasons on vinyl and/or CD. Single day tickets will be available beginning January 20.

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets in the U.S. beginning 2 pm Wednesday, November 30 until 10 pm Thursday, December 1 through the Citi Entertainment program.

A portion of proceeds from every ticket sold will go to the band’s All Within My Hands foundation, which aims to assist and enrich communities through career and technical education programs in the U.S., combating food insecurity, and donating to disaster relief efforts worldwide.