By Amy McCarthy
By Scott Reitz
By Scott Reitz
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Alice Laussade
By City of Ate
Open just a couple of months after its conversion from the Caribbean venue Jungle Red, AFabulosa! in the Centrum has closed. It was purchased by an undisclosed Oklahoma-based firm that will operate a restaurant...Starwood Hotels & Resorts has renamed its hotels at LBJ Freeway and Coit Road. The Sheraton Park Central, home of Laurels restaurant, is now the Westin Park Central, while the Radisson Park Central across the street inherits the Sheraton Park Central name. No word on the future of Laurels, though rumors that its fate is uncertain continue to roil...The completed conversion of the Southland Center into the new Adam's Mark Hotel brings with it a new batch of restaurants downtown. These include Pearl Street Cafe, an all-day diner; Tiffany Rose, a piano and jazz bar serving appetizers and desserts; Players Sports Bar, serving sandwiches, salads, and an extensive selection of microbrews; Silhouettes, an open-air lunch and breakfast buffet that converts into a nightclub after dark; and the Atrium Brasserie. Adam's Mark will also resurrect the upscale Chaparral Club, the 38th-floor venue that originally opened in 1958.
Food-service sales in Dallas this year will hit $4.35 billion according to Texas Restaurant Association projections, making Dallas the largest food-service market in Texas. Second-ranked Houston huffed down Dallas' neck with $4.3 billion in sales. The average Dallas resident will spend some $1,400 dining out this year--compared with $1,220 last year--trumping Houston's $1,130. That makes Dallas' per-resident away-from-home grub spending 29 percent higher than the statewide average. TRA's total statewide projections hit $21.6 billion, making Texas the second-largest food-service market nationally after California.
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