A "West Texas Cantina" Called Thurber Mingus (Really) Is Coming to DFW

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The people of Thurber, Texas probably never knew there would one day be a cantina named after their humble town. If they did they probably didn't give a shit. Look at those people? Not a lot of shit-giving going on there.
Restaurant names may range from the practical (Norma's Cafe) to the vaguely pretentious (Spoon, Knife, any other utensil restaurant) to annoyingly alliterative (Scotch and Sausage), but they're usually pretty good at indicating whether or not an establishment is, in fact, a place where people can buy and eat food. A forthcoming "West Texas cantina" in Fort Worth, though, has taken hipster naming conventions to a whole new level with what is likely the weirdest name in all of Dallas-Fort Worth's restaurant scene.

As CultureMap reported this week, a new burger and taco joint called Thurber Mingus will open up in Fort Worth early next year. The restaurant will focus on the essentials -- tacos, burgers, local beer -- and will host live music on an outdoor patio. Chef-Owner Coby Baumann told CultureMap that his eight-years-in-the-works venture will be targeted at "Millennials," which is code for "young, impressionable idiots who spend a lot of money on fancy food." Hey! That's us!

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Carnival Barker's Ice Cream Will Expand to Oak Cliff, Grow its Menu and Start Wholesaling

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Don't worry, you'll still be able to get ice cream at the Truck Yard.
Aaron Barker isn't upset with his current location at the Truck Yard. He says sales are up and it's been a banner year. He's selling plenty of frozen dairy and has even found a few ways, including flaming S'mores kits, to shore up his business during the winter months. The problem with his space, tucked into the corner of the Truck Yard, is that he's outgrown it.

That's why next month he's picking up the keys for his next Carnival Barker's location, in Oak Cliff. Barker has signed a lease in the Jefferson Tower renovation project that will also host Small Brewery, a new Cultivar location and more. He hopes to open by late March of next year and when he does, we're all going to have a lot more ice cream in our lives.

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A Thief Robbed Method Coffee Last Night but Missed its Biggest Asset: The Espresso Machine

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A brick was thrown through the front door of Method Coffee
Earlier this morning, a thief hurled a brick through the glass front door of Method Coffee, the specialty coffee shop in East Dallas. The register was robbed of approximately $300 dollars, according to a barista working the counter.

Employees arrived early in the morning to find a gaping hole in the door, the floor of the shop covered in glass and the registered pillaged. But what's of particular interest, to the relief of shop owner Louie Corwin, is what was not taken by the perpetrator.

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Six Awesome Food and Booze Events in Dallas This Weekend, November 20 - 22

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Grapevine Craft Brewery is celebrating one blissfully hoppy year of craft brewing. It's a civic affair, this celebration, or so the guest list would imply. Grapevine's mayor is expected to be in attendance, as are lots of other people who can't be identified in a crowd. Ten beers -- including two special casks -- will be on tap. So join the Mayor for a pint, for Grapevine, for America. But mostly for a pint.

What it be: Grapevine Craft Brewery First Anniversary Party

When it do: Thursday, November 20 from 6 - 10 p.m.

Where dat is: Chill Bar Grapevine 814 S Main St, Grapevine, Texas 76051

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Sərj, the New Coffee Shop-Bookstore-Soupstraunt in Downtown Dallas, Has Big Plans

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There's more than coffee at the latest coffee shop to show up downtown.
"How do you get a hot dog to stand up?" I'd just walked into sərj, the new coffee shop downtown, and co-owner John Walsh had asked me if I'd like to hear the joke of the day. It's not exactly the sort of question you can comfortably say no to.

"You pull the chair out from under it," he answered, finally. This is your welcome to this part coffee shop, part bookstore, part soupsteraunt, park joke factory that opened recently in downtown Dallas.

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Dallas Is Finally Trying to Address the Vast Fresh-Food Desert in Southern Dallas

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Soon, there could be more of these in South Dallas.
It's no secret that people living in parts of Dallas that lie south of the Trinity River struggle for access to fresh, healthy food. Whole Foods and Central Markets and farmers markets are abundant in wealthier parts of Dallas, but people in poorer neighborhoods often rely, necessarily, on convenience stores and fast food restaurants to put food on their tables. Now, though, city leaders appear ready to address the fact that vast swaths of Dallas lack a quality grocery store.

As NBC 5 reported yesterday, the Dallas Office of Environmental Quality sent a proposal to the city's Economic Development Committee that would expand Dallas' sustainable food supply initiatives in underserved neighborhoods by making it easier for community gardens and local farms to provide healthy food to their neighbors.

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Mesero Miguel Closes for Rebranding, a Rare Misstep for Dallas' Tex-Mex Emperor

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Catherine Downes
Nachos from the recently (but temporarily) shuttered Mesero Miguel
Shows what I know. Of all of the Mico Rodriguez restaurants, Mesero Miguel, on Henderson Avenue, was my favorite. But apparently the restaurant is in trouble.

See also: Mico Rodriguez and His Growing Tex-Mex Empire Are Putting Mi Cocina to Shame

The sign has been taken down for a rebranding effort, and the doors will remain locked through the end of the week. Apparently the newest Rodriguez restaurant, Mesero, is doing so well on Lovers Lane that the owner wants to copy the concept at his Mesero Miguel location. In other words: Mesero may be Rodriguez's new Mi Cocina.

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A Fancy French Bistro Called Cépage Is Opening in ... Deep Ellum?

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Deep Ellum is back, but is it ready for a French bistro?
If you haven't made it to Deep Ellum in the last year, you may not realize that it's currently undergoing a massive facelift. Segments of the streets and sidewalks are missing, all in the name of renovating the old neighborhood with a uniquely grungy reputation. Now, it looks as if that process could ultimately end up in a Deep Ellum with an entirely different character.

Yesterday, CultureMap reported that longtime Dallas restaurant scene figure Jean-Michel Sakhoui will open a French bistro and wine bar called Cépage in the space formerly occupied by the short-lived EZ Dude BBQ. Sakhoui told CultureMap that the menu would focus both on classic French dishes, including French onion soup and croque madames, and a well-cultivated list of wines.

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Is Open in the Park Cities and Has a Very Good Turkey Burger

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Get ready for peonies -- so many peonies.
Gwyneth Paltrow's pop-up shop, goop, is open in Highland Park Village, with some bougie linen napkins and other nicknacks filling in admirably for Paltrow herself. Picture a lifestyle store that's a bit like Martha Stewart's line of home furnishings that took over half of Kmart, only the quality and character is more in line with what you would expect in a shopping plaza that boasts Jimmy Choo, Billy Reid, Tom Ford and other luxury brands.

The temporary shop is tucked in the corner space across from Anthropologie, facing Oak Lawn Avenue, and will be open from November 17 through December 14 in the hopes you'll cross a few items off your Christmas list in true, goopy style. And it's got food.

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Old Chicago Is Bringing Beer and Gut-Busting Pies to Mockingbird Station

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One pizza, two decks, all the 'roni.
I'm sure you've had that experience: You're looking at someone's face and thinking, "I know I've seen this guy before," but his name eludes you. I just had the same thing happen to me while I was looking at the logo for a restaurant. An Old Chicago is moving into Mockingbird Station, and while I was looking at pictures of pizza and pepperoni bread knots I kept having this weird sensation of gut-bomb déjà vu.

Ah, that Old Chicago. It's all coming back to me now.

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