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News Bites: Blue Goose Cantina Loses Lease to Its Greenville Avenue Location

Ramble Room also sets an opening date for its Snider Plaza debut, and a new wine shop opens on Greenville Avenue.
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The Blue Goose’s time on Lower Greenville is coming to an end—for now. Peterson Management Group

Blue Goose Cantina Searches for a New Dallas Home

Blue Goose Cantina will close its original Greenville Avenue location on March 19 after failing to reach an agreement with the new owner of its building, according to a press release.

Bob Peterson opened Blue Goose Cantina in 1984 on Greenville Avenue, and the location was a “launching point” for the group, says Peterson Management Group CEO Nick Peterson. The group remains family-owned and oversees the cantina, Aw Shucks Oyster Bar, and Big Shucks Oyster Bar.

Peterson said he’s roamed the dining room of the Greenville Blue Goose location since he was three years old. He worked summers there as a busboy and eventually became a bartender before joining the corporate side of the family business. He met his wife of 12 years at Blue Goose, and they have a 9-year-old son. The staff, some of whom have worked there for upwards of 30 years, have watched him grow up, he says.

“Those are the people I’ve known longer than anybody,” Peterson says.

The staff will be relocated to other Peterson Management concepts, and Peterson says he’s on the lookout for a new location in East Dallas and Greenville Avenue. It’s important to have a place in the neighborhood that’s been a staple for so long, he says. When they find a new place, it’ll be a new beginning for Blue Goose.

“I don’t consider it an end of an era,” Peterson says. “I consider it an end of a building.”

A closing blowout will kick off with the Lower Greenville St. Patrick’s Day parade, which will be followed by a weeklong celebration before the official closure on March 19.

Ramble Room Opens in Snider Plaza Next Week

Ramble Room, a concept from restaurateur Jon Alexis that will serve up classic American dishes, is set to open March 6 in Snider Plaza, according to a press release. Under his company Imperial Fizz, Alexis opened Escondido November 2022. He also owns Malibu Poke and TJ’s Seafood Market.

Appetizer options include warm ricotta dip, made with truffle honey and toast, Swedish meatballs made with beef and pork, and French onion dip that can be topped with caviar. Entrees range from three mushroom rigatoni, the Plaza burger—made with gruyere, au poivre sauce, and crispy onions—and a seafood selection curated by fishmongers at TJ’s.

The drink menu features “Tito’s on Tap,” which dispenses vodka at 38 degrees, and a wine list with nearly 50 bottles. Ramble Room will first be open for dinner and drinks, and the dining room will later open for lunch and weekend brunch.

6565 Hillcrest Ave., Ste. 150.

Cafe Duro Launches a Wine Shop and Club

A new curated wine shop and club on Greenville Avenue has opened as a part of Café Duro. The café opened last year, serving pastries, paninis, and coffee. It’s now expanded with the Duro Wine Shop & Wine Club, which includes memberships and perks. Memberships range from $145 to $499 and include a monthly selection of wines, detailed tasting notes, and rare bottles. The wine shop, which is not exclusive to members, offers tastings and wine by the glass or bottle for patrons.

2804 Greenville Ave.

Openings and Closings

The Porch Restaurant is reopening March 6 after a two-month remodel on Henderson Avenue. Until the dining room is ready, all meals (which include new menu items and classics) will be available to-go only. 2912 N. Henderson Ave.

Postino Wine Cafe in Deep Ellum recently closed its doors after almost two years since it arrived in Dallas. The Phoenix-based wine bar served lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch with a shareable food menu that included soups, charcuterie boards, and bruschetta, and a massive wine menu by the glass and bottle.

Ms. Mary’s Southern Kitchen in Coppell closed on February 27 after 20 years, according to a Facebook post. Chef-owner Mary Davis first opened the restaurant opened as Ms. Mary’s Southern Cuisine in 2002, and it was a hotspot for traditional southern fare. It closed in 2007 after Davis’ mother fell ill and reopened in 2016 as Ms. Mary’s Southern Kitchen.


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