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Of smokes & meat
The spot on Cedar Springs and Carlisle has served as a rotating temple of vices over the past couple of years. First it was The Joint, a hot-and-rowdy pool hall and restaurant staffed with waitresses who wore little more than cue-stick chalk. Then it was Lone Wolf Lounge, actor Chuck Norris' svelte stogie spot that snuffed out after just more than a year in operation. Now, after lying vacant for three or so months, the space will sprout June 13 as a Dallas extension of Addison's Texas de Brazil.

Converting a cigar lounge into a continuous-service Brazilian grill house dripping with enough skewered, all-you-can-eat red meat to send shudders through every heart and colon in the city isn't as hard as you might think. Texas de Brazil owner Salim Asrawi says the counter in front of the kitchen, where he's inserting his Brazilian grills, will be the salad bar. He's plopping a food island in the dining room, and will enclose the balcony patio overlooking Cedar Springs. The cigar lounge will be converted into 120-seat dining space that will double as a private dining room with various nooks and crannies also becoming private dining spaces. And that humidor? He's converting it into an 800-bottle wine cellar. In fact, Asrawi has so much faith in the Cedar Springs location that will share company with condos and a luxury hotel that he's moved in with a lease-option on the property. Are Norris and company kicking themselves? "It was good for them," says Asrawi, "because they wanted to get rid of it and move on to other things." Vices tend to have that effect on you.

Mixed hash
Restaurant-industry veteran Mark Maguire just broke ground on 6,600-square-foot, 220-seat restaurant dubbed Maguire's Regional American Cuisine on the North Dallas Tollway just south of Dale Wamstad's Buttermilk Cafe and Market near III Forks. The restaurant, which has backing from a few key executives in the Staubach Co., where Maguire works, should open sometime late summer. Maguire's resume includes a long stint with Disney, where he was instrumental in opening several restaurants and nightclubs in the company's amusement parks, and the specialty concepts division of T.G.I. Friday's...Former FoodStar Restaurant Group Director of Operations Michael Costa has left the company, which owns PoPoLos, Mediterraneo, and Toscana restaurants. He's launched DMC, a hospitality management and training consulting firm, with Sfuzzi's alumnus Dean McSherry.

--Mark Stuertz

E-mail Dish at markstz@flash.net.

 
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