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El Bolero Quietly Shutters and a Dog-Friendly Cantina Plans Expansion

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Each week, SideDish will dispatch a round-up of need-to-know News Bites, from quiet closures to opening updates and everything in between.

El Bolero’s East Dallas Location Is Closed
By the Dallas Observer’s early reports, El Bolero on Fitzhugh Avenue suddenly—and surprisingly—shuttered over the weekend. While the Design District and Fort Worth locations remain, so do a few key questions, among them: why?

Buzzworthy Caffeine News
As Counter Culture opened a training center just last weekend, Bonton Farms in South Dallas was busy debuting its own indie coffee shop. Dallas Morning News reports that a new farmers market is also on the horizon.

Fort Worth Happenings
Something wicked this way comes. Namely, it’s Wicked Butcher, a modern steakhouse inside the historic yet revived Sinclair Hotel in Fort Worth. It opened last week and joins the Wicked Bar, which debuted in the same building back in December. As far as forthcoming Fort Worth spots go, Truck Yard has plotted an outpost at Alliance Town Center, which is slated to open later this fall.

Every Dog Has His Day
While I’d like to imagine Mutts Canine Cantina as the tropical manifestation of that famous Dogs Playing Poker painting, it’s nonetheless a puppy paradise. Dogs and their owners, who can partake in a cocktail and some bites at the dog-friendly establishment with off-leash enclosures, may be thrilled to hear that Mutts will expand to Watters Creek in Allen by fall 2020.

Meanwhile, on SideDish…

In Denton, baker Catie Cohen of Demeter Kitchen is doing something no one else in the area is doing: using spent beer grains for bread.

In case you missed it: Texas nabbed four Good Food Awards this year.

We came, we saw, we went to the Whippersnapper’s pop-up based on The Office TV show. And we have takeaways.

Nasher Prize Laureate Michael Rabowitz is putting on a community barbecue this weekend that you won’t want to miss.

La Casita Bakeshop—to the joy of its croissant cult followers everywhere—has opened a small storefront in Richardson.

Valentine’s Day, a holiday that is still very much a thing, is next week. If it’s romantic dinners you seek, here’s a list for you.

Speaking of romance, chocolate is usually the go-to sweet gift. But a chocolate cactus sculpture? A mother-daughter duo at CocoAndré take confection art to a whole new level.

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