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News Bites: Milk Bar (Temporarily) Comes to Dallas and Prepare for Simpsons Bar Pop-Ups

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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.

Milk Bar Pops Up in Dallas for the Long Weekend

Ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, Milk Bar is making a Dallas pitstop. The famous New York bakery by Christina Tosi will be in town—through delivery only via UberEats, Doordash, Postmates, and Caviar—for a fleeting pop-up that will run May 26 to 31 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (only until 2 p.m. on Monday). With the long weekend in mind, the pop-up menu will focus on whole format desserts like a six-inch birthday cake, strawberry shortcake with ribbons of strawberry jam and shortcake crumbs, and the buttery, salty-sweet Milk Bar pie which serves up to 10 people. For smaller bites, go for the birthday cake truffles (the same ones that crown the cake) or strawberry shortcake truffles that have been soaked in strawberry milk and rolled in cake crumbs. As someone who’s baked Milk Bar pies, cookies, and layered cakes that take hours and semi-niche ingredients, let me say: Just buy it. (We pray the rollout is smoother than the last time a celebrity chef’s pop-up came to town, when David Chang’s Fuku left thousands frustrated in its wake.)

Here Comes Two Pop-Ups Inspired by *in Extreme  Animated Series Intro Voice* The Simpsons

Two neighboring Old East Dallas businesses, the Whippersnapper and High Fives, are transforming into little slices of Springfield. According to the Dallas Morning News, come June 11, Whippersnapper will become Moe’s Tavern and High Fives will morph into a Krusty Burger.

JuiceLand Workers Are on Strike

Employees for the Austin-based juice bar went on stike on May 15 to demand better wages and improved working conditions, among other issues. Via Twitter and Instagram accounts (@juicelandworkersrights), striking workers have documented their demands and JuiceLand’s responses. DMN reports that the West Dallas JuiceLand reopened in Sylvan 30 on May 25. Per an excerpt from Eater Dallas (below), JuiceLand is meeting some demands, but strikers continue to expect more from leadership.

“In an open letter to its workforce, JuiceLand addressed the allegations and outlined its plans to move forward on a series of initiatives intended to improve diversity and inclusion at the company. In that letter, the company also announced that it would raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour for employees who receive tips, and $17 per hour for the back-of-house employees that prepare the ingredients that go into JuiceLand’s pricey smoothies.”

A representative from JuiceLand said in an email that all 30 locations are back open. Moreover, the email stated “the company is introducing significant enhancements to directly address employee concerns and to invest in the well-being of every crew member.” Those enhancements, in addition to the increased wages, include a commitment to high health and safety protocols and to addressing allegations of racism and sexism.

Another Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Is Forthcoming

After the Deep Ellum debut in February, a second local outpost is headed this way. Dallas CultureMap reports that Addison will be getting a Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at the Prestonwood Place shopping center.

Coming Soon to Deep Ellum: Hawkers Asian Street Food

The small restaurant chain isn’t slated to arrive until this November, per DMN, but when it does, diners will find an assortment of street food bites inspired by the founders’ trips to places like Thailand, Malaysia, and China.

This article has been updated on May 27 at 9:55 a.m. to reflect further info from JuiceLand.

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