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The Scoop: Royal Blue Grocery, New Happy Hour Specials and More Dallas News

Your weekly helping of Dallas food news.
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There’s not always enough time in the day to skim a lengthy, re-worded press release that’s been stamped with “breaking” or “exclusive.” And some stories don’t warrant an entire page of prose. Each week we’ll gather the most important tidbits of Dallas food news and post them here, on SideDish. Because sometimes all you need is the scoop.

Royal Blue Grocery to Open in Highland Park Village
Earlier this year Nancy announced that Austin-based Royal Blue Grocery was slated to move into Highland Park Village. A press release was sent out this week announcing that the market is scheduled to open its doors something between late September and early October: “Locally owned and operated by Dallas residents Zac Porter, Emily Ray-Porter and Cullen Potts, the 6,000 square foot two-story urban market will serve as the shopping center’s new flagship grocer while also offering breakfast, lunch and dinner service.” Royal Blue is located at 1 Highland Park Village.

Souk at Trinity Groves Launches Late-Night Menu
Starting this Friday, guests can enjoy a selection of late-night bites at Souk in Trinity Groves. The limited menu is available on the patio on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Fletcher’s to Offer Veggie Corny Dog at the State Fair of Texas
This is the first year that a vegetarian version of Fletcher’s corny dogs will be offered at the State Fair of Texas. According to the release: “[The dog] will cost the same as the turkey “Bird Dog” and the original: 10 coupons or $5. (The jalapeño and cheese is 12 coupons, or $6.)” The veggie corny dog will only be available at the Fletcher’s stand. Click here to check out last year’s selection of vegetarian fair foods.

Blue Apron Teams Up With Matt McCallister of FT33
Fresh ingredient recipe delivery service, Blue Apron, is teaming up with FT33 chef-owner Matt McCallister. According to the release: “Matt McCallister worked alongside Blue Apron COO-head chef, Matt Wadiak, to create a southern-style chicken cacciatore with creamy grits and basil. Beginning week of September 14, Blue Apron subscribers will now have the chance to cook this meal at home.”

Spezzo is Now Open in Plano
The fast-casual Italian restaurant is now open in Plano’s Preston Towne Crossing shopping center at Park and Preston. According to the release: “Spezzo’s rustic, Italian fare includes classic dishes such as their chicken parmesan pizza, loaded ziti, caprese panini, and their famous meatballs. Customers can choose from a variety of meats and vegetarian options to create a tailor-made dish. Flavorful, made-from-scratch sauces including bolognese sauce and marinara are also offered, and all ingredients are locally sourced. Customers can also enjoy the restaurant’s full-service bar, stocked with a variety of unique beers, wines and liquors to complement your meal.” Spezzo is located at 4901 W Park Blvd. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Vitality Bowls is Now Open in Irving
Vitality Bowls is now open and serving açaí bowls. What is an açaí bowl? According to the release: “The California-based Vitality Bowls specializes in açaí bowls (a thick blend of the antioxidant-rich açaí berry topped with organic granola and a variety of superfood ingredients like fresh fruit, chia seeds, cacao nibs, gogi berries and more) as well as smoothies, fresh juice and panini.” Menu items include the detox bowl with organic açaí blended with almond milk, flaxseed, kale, spirulina, banana and strawberry. It’s topped with banana, blueberries, almonds, goji berries, and honey. Vitality Bowls is located at 5904 N MacArthur Blvd. And is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.

SĒR Launches New Weekly Happy Hour
The steakhouse in the sky is launching happy hour. Starting September 2, guests can nosh on share plates and sip discounted wines. Happy hour will be offered every Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Featured bites include wagyu tenderloin carpaccio, oysters, chicken wing “lollypops,” truffle fries, charcuterie and cheese boards, and desserts such as cheesecake mousse.

Top Pot Doughnuts to Open Location at CityLine in Richardson
The Seattle-based doughnut shop is slated to open at the end of September. “We’ve only been in DFW for about 16 months, but we already feel like we’ve been embraced by the community here,” said Alex Sharma, Chairman of Top Pot Doughnuts, in an email. “We think the CityLine project is the perfect next step for our local expansion as we take our high quality, hand-forged doughnuts to a whole new group of customers beyond Dallas proper.” The 1,300-square-foot café is the third Top Pot Location in North Texas. CityLine is located at 3521 N Plano Rd.

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