New Dallas Nightclub Gatsby Is Planning Parlor, a Basement Lounge with a Full Kitchen

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"Everyone! Your attention please! We will serve chicken feet soon downstairs!"
When I first saw the billboard for Gatsby downtown, I thought it was an advertisement for a new show on the CW. I was wrong: It's actually a new downtown Dallas nightclub opening in the space that was formerly occupied by Plush. As eyeroll-inducing as the idea of a Gatsby-themed nightclub may be, it looks as if this new joint is going to be a significant improvement on its predecessor.

As CultureMap reported last week, Gatsby is a project from Ross Edinboro of The Standard Pour. Edinboro is joined by a silent partner, named only as "Jay Gatsby." High-end libations of all kinds, with a particular emphasis on scotch, bourbon and tequila, will be available by the bottle, but no word yet on whether or not craft cocktails will be part of the offerings.

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East Hampton Sandwich Is Moving into Uptown

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Lori Bandi
Soon, you could be eating this delicious sandwich in Uptown.
You can only have the same sandwich from Subway or Jimmy John's so many times, and it's occasionally good to enjoy a lunch that doesn't involve processed deli meat. Enter East Hampton Sandwich Company, the upscale sandwich chain that started in the Park Cities has been popping up all over the Metroplex.

After opening locations in Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano, East Hampton CEO Hunter Pond has plans to expand the concept he launched in 2012 into Uptown this summer. When we sat down with Pond a few months ago, he made no bones about the fact that he's planning on taking over the Dallas sandwich scene with his fancy and delicious sandwiches. With this move to Uptown's Turtle Creek Village, a prime piece of restaurant real estate, the future can only get brighter for this enterprising sandwich visionary.

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Travel + Leisure Recognizes Truck Yard Among Nation's Best Sports Bars

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Grab your jersey and get ready for cheese steaks
Many images come to mind when thinking about sports bars. Bud Light bottles, six-at-a-time in buckets of ice; shots; waitresses in skimpy referee uniforms; no less that 704 flatscreen TVs -- this is how we spend our time while watching sports, provided we found the energy to peel the backs of our thighs from our leather couches, grab some pants and actually make it out the door.

What is not immediately evoked is the rusting metal, faded rubber, junkyard chic imagery of Jason Boso's Truck Yard. Regardless, Travel + Leisure named the Greenville Avenue booze-garden one of the nation's 10 best places to get sauced and watch the game. They called it superlative.

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What to Expect From Julian Barsotti's Yet-To-Be-Named Restaurant

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A clam pie at Julian Barsotti's first restaurant Nonna. Consider it inspiration.
The greatest thing about Julian Barosotti's coming Oak Lawn restaurant is that nothing exists yet. Yes, a deal has been inked in the Maple Avenue Dining District with the Donohoe brothers who brought the Dram to Henderson Avenue. Yes, it will be loosely based on Roman fare, but that's about it. There isn't even a name yet. The entirety of the restaurant, every concept and every dish, is just a thought bouncing around the inside of Barsotti's olive oil-lubricated mind.

"I love thinking conceptually," Barsotti says.

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It's Farmers Market Season!

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Mmm. Kale.
Every year, about this time, area farmers load up crates filled with greens and drive them from the country where they're grown into Dallas where they are chopped up, sautéed and stewed to smithereens. The farmers come with kale. They come with Swiss chard. They come with collard greens and the intention to come week after week with more of the same. The spring market scene can test your love of leafy vegetables, but despite the surplus greens, there are other things to be found at local markets -- more than enough to keep your culinary interest.

And this year, there's a small change at one of biggest local farmers markets outside of the mega market downtown. Your familiar White Rock Local Market has a new name, to be unveiled this weekend when organizer Sarah Perry kicks off her seventh season.

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Caviar, the Restaurant Delivery Service from Square, Is Now Delivering in Dallas

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So many Dallas participants.
It seems every year a few delivery systems start up in Dallas, promising to save teenage stoners with the munchies trips to Taco Bell drive-thrus. There was that P-nutty's company, with a Welsh Corgi as a mascot. That one went under. More recently a start-up called Minibar promised booze delivery in Dallas, and then Postmates got into the game, promising almost anything, delivered anytime.

Now Square is tossing their homepage in the ring. The San Fransisco-based credit card processor recently acquired Caviar, a service that partners with restaurants to provide delivery to customers from businesses that don't normally deliver. They start service in Dallas today, and already have a decent list of restaurants they're working with.

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TapHunter Connects the Thirsty to Craft Beer Salvation

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With the craft beer movement growing so quickly,sometimes keeping up on your local brewery scene is tough, especially when high demand kegs often get kicked the same day they're tapped If you're a geek, and you're inclined, a new app called TapHunter promises to help you keep tabs on your local beer scene. It's kind of like Grindr for beer lovers, but instead of hooking up people with people, it's hooking up drinkers with their favorite golden lagers.

Users of the app can see bars based on location or look for bars pouring a specific brew. Say you're caught without a car and want to know what bars pour craft beer and are within walking distance -- TapHunter has got you covered. Just get laid off and need to get Velvet Hammered in a big way? TapHunter will guide you into blissful ignorance that your car payment is due soon.

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Spork, Your Roadside Ticket to a Tire-Shaped Midsection, Is Open

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Like a beacon, it calls to you.
What if all of your favorite Dallas chefs came together Avengers-style to wage an epic battle against shitty fast food? What if their lair was space-themed with planetary paintings, galactic murals and enough neon to cast a dusky glow that could be seen as far away as Fort Worth? What if, finally, a restaurant in North Dallas opened that wasn't boring?

Things like these can happen when superpowers combine. The future is now, earthlings; Get ready for Spork's take on the roadside restaurant of the future.

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Collective Brewing's Petite Golden Sour Is a Rare Dallas Beer -- So Rare I Can't Find It

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The first time I called Mike Goldfuss at his Collective Brewing Project Brewery, he was busy setting up one of his tanks. The second time I called, he spoke to me while handling Fed Ex deliveries and wrestling with a computer to check on beer deliveries. Novice brewers take note: the beer business isn't all hops and hangovers. There's a lot of work to do if you want to earn a living making beer.

I might have tried Goldfuss another time, but I was too excited because I'd heard he was brewing a beer I've been hoping to see locally brewed in Dallas for years now. Hop-heavy American style beers are a dime a dozen here, and more delicate European styles are available but still rare. Sour beers, though, have been for the most part unavailable, and most brewers I've asked here have had only marginal interest in the finicky brews. But Goldfuss and his partner Ryan Deyo keep a sour in the regular rotation at their Fort Worth brewery. If you're a sucker for the pucker, this is big news.

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Rex's Seafood Is Growing, Plans to Drench Dallas in Butter and Lemon

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Scott Reitz
Grouper Reubens are taking over the city.
Rex's Seafood is spreading its fins, filling the streets of DFW with the smell of freshly steamed seafood and placing Dallas under siege by lobster roll. The Dallas Farmers Market will be the site for one location. Rex's will plate up sandwiches and other casual fare amongst the tamales, roasted nuts and hand-cranked sausages of Shed 2.

The second location will be significantly more substantial. Owner Rex Bellomy took over a restaurant space on the corner of Abrams Road and Mockingbird Lane. The space used to house Genero's, a failed attempt at upscale Tex-Mex. It's a massive building with a sizable bar, and a solid location for a new seafood restaurant.

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