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EXCLUSIVE: Taylor Kearney, Nick & Sam’s veteran, will be new chef of Front Room Tavern at Hotel Lumen

Taylor Kearney will take over as top chef at Front Room Tavern in the Hotel Lumen on July 21, EscapeHatch has learned. Kearney’s arrival will follow the departure of Michael Ehlert, who led the kitchen since last fall. Like Ehlert, Kearney is one talented dude. A stalwart at Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse, Kearney cooked off-menu specials and prepared Continue reading →


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Chef Michael Ehlert resigns from Front Room Tavern

Yet another chef exits University Park’s Front Room Tavern, the marquee restaurant of the Hotel Lumen adjacent to SMU. Michael Ehlert confirms that he has resigned from the Front Room Tavern, effective later this month. The guy is uber talented; his dynamite cooking wowed me a few weeks ago.  I have no doubt he’ll pop back up on our culinary Continue reading →


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Pollo Tropical expands across DFW, opening new Hurst location yesterday

People love them some Pollo Tropical. Now those of us in Dallas, Fort Worth and the Mid-Cities can love them more, because the Caribbean-flavored casual restaurant known for its citrus-marinated grilled chicken has finally opened their new Hurst location. A Grand Opening is scheduled for tomorrow, July 3, but employees at the store say they opened Continue reading →


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Hot Date: Stampede 66, Stephan Pyles hosting a Herradura tequila dinner tomorrow, July 2

Chef Stephan Pyles and Herradura Tequila are hosting a tequila dinner at Pyles’ Stampede 66 on July 2. The reception and dinner will feature Double Reposado Herradura Tequila (unique to Stampede 66) and the new Extra Anejo Herradura Tequila. There’s a swig swag bag (!) and a brand ambassador to tell you more than you Continue reading →


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July 18 Guest Chef dinner: Dallas’ Scott Gottlich with Atlanta’s Todd Ginsberg

Dallas chef Scott Gottlich and 2014 James Beard Foundation semifinalist chef Todd Ginsberg (of Atlanta’s General Muir) will cook together on Saturday, July 18, at The Second Floor in a collaborative, farm-inspired dinner with optional wine pairings from Cakebread Cellars. The five-course dinner also offers optional Cakebread Cellars wines. The whole thing kicks off at 7:00 p.m. $75 (plus wines, plus tax Continue reading →



Off-Site Kitchen — and Dallas’ best burger — reboots in new Trinity Groves location

Nick Badovinus (Neighborhood Services) has uprooted his tiny Off-Site Kitchen and replanted it in newer, better, fresher digs in Trinity Groves. Everything you loved about the old Off-Site Kitchen has decamped to the new Off-Site Kitchen, only there’s now room to eat inside the AC space, a wall of refrigerators to chill libations, and a terrific Continue reading →


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