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News Bites: Downtown Dallas Gets New York-Style Bagels and The Colony Gets an Enormous ‘Speakeasy’

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The Red Phone Booth exterior in Atlanta. Courtesy of Brittany Sloan

The Colony Gets a London-Inspired Speakeasy

Reel back a hundred years to the prohibition era at a new speakeasy at Grandscape in The Colony. Atlanta-based Red Phone Booth will open in March and take up a whopping 6,000 square feet at the entertainment and dining venue. It’ll serve pizzas, cocktails, and cigars. The spirits menu boasts bourbon, scotch, and Japanese whiskey selections. There will be over 100 cigars to choose from.

The speakeasy lounge will be open to the public, but guests must enter through an antique red phone booth and dial a secret phone number to get inside. To get that number, guests will have to know a member or someone with the code—Red Phone Booth doesn’t give it out. Memberships range from $350 to $5,000 annually, and only members can make reservations. The public may attend the grand opening on March 3 and 4. 5774 Grandscape Blvd., Ste. 100, The Colony.

New Italian Restaurant 61 Osteria Opens in Fort Worth

A highly anticipated restaurant is bringing a plethora of Italian fare to Fort Worth. 61 Osteria, a concept by Fort Worth restaurateur Adam Jones with a kitchen headed by chef Blain Staniford, will serve traditional Italian dishes made with Texas ingredients.

The menu has snacks (read about this new Dallas dining trend here), housemade pasta, and entrees that include sea bass, veal, and more. Desserts include classics like tiramisu or a Texas olive oil cake. The wine menu has more than a dozen options by the glass and exceedingly more by the bottle (look!) from all over the world. The restaurant opened Jan. 31 and will be open for dinner first, with lunch, brunch, and Sunday suppers to follow. 500 West 7th St., Ste. 100, Fort Worth.

Foodie Grab-And-Go Market to Open This Spring in Harwood District

A tiny one-stop shop with an espresso bar, packaged meals, snacks, gifts, and gelato will open this spring in Dallas’ Harwood District. Fig & Favor, part of the Harwood Hospitality Group, will be a grab-and-go concept located near Elephant East and Poco Fiasco. The market will pull food items from other Harwood concepts, according to a press release: Dolce Riviera’s pasta dishes, Magnolia: Sous Le Pont’s coffee beans, and a sandwich inspired by Mercat Bistro. 2850 N. Harwood St., Ste. 110.

Ice Cream Shop from New York Opens its Third Location in North Texas

Inwood Village is getting New York-based Van Leeuwen on Feb. 9, the second Dallas location and third in North Texas. The shop will open in the old Gigi’s Cupcakes space and will serve dairy and vegan ice cream (nice!). Favorites include honeycomb, praline butter, and vegan churros and fudge. On opening day, the first 100 customers can get a Dallas Van Leeuwen tote bag and $1 scoops from 3 to 5 p.m. The new location is located at 5450 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 130. Two other locations are at 3699 McKinney Ave., Ste. 101, and 1653 River Run, Ste. 141, Fort Worth.

New York-Style Bagels Debut in Downtown Dallas

A new shop with a galactic name is serving up New York-style bagels in the heart of downtown Dallas. Starship Bagel opened Jan. 20 and is the second location outside of the original in Lewisville. Owner Oren Salomon learned how to make authentic New York-style bagels at Boichik Bagels, one of the top bagel shops in the country. The dough is fermented for 24 hours, a smidge sweet and sour, with a crunchy crust. Starship sells single bagels or by the dozen, bagel sandwiches, schmear, and coffee. 1520 Elm St. Ste. 107.


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