News Update: Restaurant Closings, Chocolate, and a ‘Yacht Christening.’

Belly & Trumpet has closed, and Fedora won't reopen either. But you can be happy about the TJ's new location and the upcoming festival of chocolate!

1. Well, if you haven’t caught wind of this morning’s news already, Belly & Trumpet has closed. According to Teresa Gubbins at CultureMap, Saturday was the last dinner service. Chef Brian Zenner will focus on Oak, and it’s possible that owners Tiffanee and Richard Ellman might reconcept the location. We named it one of the 10 Best New Restaurants last year, and we are sad to see it go.

2. Remember when Fedora caught fire in May? It was supposed to reopen, but it didn’t. Sarah Blaskovich reported that it has been confirmed by a spokesperson that it is permanently closed.

Photo via TJ's Facebook page.
Photo via TJ’s Facebook page.

3. TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market is having a ‘Yacht Christening’ event tonight, September 3, for their new space at 6025 Royal Lane. Join in the grand opening festivities, eat some seafood, and see the ceremonial champagne bottle broken over the ‘bough.’

Reminder: On September 13, the Dallas Chocolate Festival returns with more than 30 vendors, food trucks, a full day of classes on the 14th, and tons of samples! (They had me at ‘samples.’) You don’t want to miss this! Click here for more details, and go to Eventbrite for tickets.


  • twinwilow

    Belly & Trumpet was a great restaurant that was way over the top of the
    heads of the beer, burger, and taco hipsters in that McKinney Avenue location.

  • Corky Luxembourg

    Are you kidding? Belly and Trumpet was a pretentious, badly run belly of hype. The food was average and the service was terrible. They had good press in the beginning but they rested on their laurels. My foodie friends and I all agreed: It was way over-rated.