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News Bites: Veritas Wine Room to Close After 15 Years, Dallas Reels in Seafood Restaurant CATCH

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A Popular Seafood Concept Heads to Dallas

Catch Hospitality Group is bringing its hit seafood concept CATCH to Dallas next year. The restaurant will be located at Maple Terrace, a building with a mix of apartments and offices that has been revamped by International real estate firm Hines and partners Mitsui Fudosan America and McNair Interests. It was once called a “hip private club for creatives.

Dallas will mark the eighth location for Catch Hospitality Group concepts, which also include New York City, Los Angeles, and Aspen. CATCH Dallas will serve seafood, steak, and sushi, according to a press release. Looking at other cities’ menus, diners can expect something along the lines of grilled Spanish octopus, a plethora of grilled fish, and roasted whole branzino.

Veritas Wine Room Raises A Final Glass

Veritas Wine Room, known for its wine club, meat and cheese pairings, and an extensive list of reds, whites, and everything in between, is closing its doors after 15 years, according to a Facebook post from co-owner Bradley Anderson. The expected close date will be the end of March, Anderson said.

“This era has been more rewarding, more fun, more meaningful, and even longer lived than we could have ever imagined when we opened all those years and experiences ago,” he wrote.

D named Veritas the best wine bar in Dallas in 2012, tipping a hat to its wine options and food products from local artisans. Before they close, Anderson says they plan to host guided tastings and supper clubs.

The Green Room in Deep Ellum Will Close This Weekend

The Green Room, a restaurant, bar, and Deep Ellum staple, is closing for good this weekend, according to the Dallas Observer. Owner Christian Baird said it was due to several factors: a drop in sales and that the bar no longer fits the Deep Ellum scene anymore.

Dallas police began blocking off streets to cars in Deep Ellum in April, citing safety concerns. But that caused a 60 or 70 percent drop in sales for The Green Room, and Baird said they never recovered.

“I wish we were doing enough business to stay open but, unfortunately, I can’t stay open and not make any money,” Baird told the Observer. “It’s been hard to cut the cord but my accountant’s been screaming at me to get out of here.”

The Green Room opened in 1994 as a fine dining restaurant when Deep Ellum streets were “full of drunks and stoned musicians and stoned wannabe musicians,” writes former dining critic Nancy Nichols. For a dozen years, The Green Room was where chefs could be spontaneous in the kitchen and have an untamed wine list to match. Its “Feed Me, Wine Me” option was just that: a prix fixe four-course meal for diners who didn’t know what they’d get.

“I can’t think of another restaurant in Dallas that gripped the souls of Dallas diners like the Green Room did,” Nichols writes. “But I don’t care how many times you click your heels together; you can never go home.”

The original Green Room closed in 2006 and reopened in 2010. It was named one of our best new restaurants of 2010. And then it closed, again. Baird bought the place in 2013 and put an emphasis on the bar.

Richardson’s Fish & Fizz Closes, Too, But There’s More in Store for 2023

Fish & Fizz, a British restaurant that sold fish and chips, is closing after owners Kelli and Nick Barclay were unable to negotiate a new lease with their landlords, according to an announcement on their website.

“We’d like to thank each and every one of you, our customers, our staff, old and new, for your unwavering support, custom and friendship during this incredibly challenging past 5 years. What a journey it’s been!” the announcement read.

It may not be the end of Fish & Fizz, though. The announcement alluded to future plans for this year and to stay plugged in for updates through their Instagram. We hope for more fish and chips on the horizon!

Velvet Taco Opens Three New D-FW Locations

Dallas-based Velvet Taco is opening three new locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth to sell its fusion fare. The new locations will be in Deep Ellum at 2556 Elm St., Grapevine at 440 W. State Hwy 114, and Rockwall at 2608 Ridge Rd. More recently, the Dallas Morning News reported that the original Velvet Taco on Henderson Avenue closed on Jan. 2, making way for a different concept: a chicken joint.

Try Some Tasty Italian Subs and Paninis in Deep Ellum

Inside Olivella’s Pizza & Wine‘s Deep Ellum location is an Italian deli that offers 19 varieties of paninis and subs. The concept debuted last month after years of customer demand, according to a press release. The sandwich options are sure to rival some of your favorites: the Papa Joe—made with soppressata, house mozzarella, hot peppers, vodka sauce, arugula, red onion, and house-made bread—and the Olivella’s Cheesesteak—made with Italian sliced beef, sauteed mushrooms, provolone, truffle cream, and sweet peppers—sound divine. The deli will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2816 Elm St.

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