Rise and Thyme chef's scramble with a fried egg, coffee, and Las Casita Bakeshop cruffin (that's a croissant-muffin). Rise and Thyme

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News Bites: The Grapevine Is Back and Chopped Judge Amanda Freitag Opens Downtown Restaurant

SideDish’s weekly digest of need-to-know dining happenings in Dallas.

Welcome to SideDish’s weekly dispatch of need-to-know News Bites, from quiet closures to opening updates and everything in between, including coronavirus-related intel.

Dives Are Coming Back, Nature Is Healing
As of yesterday, The Grapevine Bar reopened its patio for the first time since March. The Oak Lawn bar’s Facebook announcement included an image of the new COVID-era rules: table service only, so no ordering at the bar; masks when you’re not seated; maintain six feet of distance from others; all of the good safe stuff we should all be well familiar with by now. On Instagram last week, “Dallas’ one and only upscale dive,” Lakewood Landing also reopened with pleas to patrons to please don a mask. “Don’t [colorful language] it up for the rest of us,” said the caption. Don’t forget to order food and snacks, y’all!

Rise and Thyme Opens This Friday
Chopped judge and celebrity chef Amanda Freitag debuts her downtown restaurant, Rise and Thyme, on September 18. The second restaurant to call the new AT&T Discovery District home, Rise and Thyme will start with breakfast and lunch hours, with dinner coming later. So for now, expect sandwiches, pastas, and patty melts. You’ll also find baked goods from La Casita Bakeshop and Village Baking Co. Takeout, delivery, limited indoor dining, outdoor seating—Rise and Thyme will offer it all in the year of COVID 2020.

Ascension’s Downtown Location Has Closed
Say it ain’t so! The local coffee chainlet announced it on Facebook, Dallas CultureMap said so on its closing round-up post, but I had to hear it from Ascension Coffee president Bill Shaffler: “During 2020 we have had to make the difficult but prudent decision to permanently close a few of our locations, Thanksgiving Tower being one of them. We are planning to grow in 2021 and beyond. We are looking forward to bringing Ascension Coffee to other communities in North Texas soon.” While the Ascension nearest the D office has been closed since early August, at least there are expansion plans in the works. I know I’m from Seattle, but I don’t drink coffee from Starbucks—blasphemy, I know.

Also: Lounge Here reopens tomorrow; some ways to get a taste of the State Fair; and fancy takeout options under $100.

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