Brian Williams

  • News

    August 7, 2014

    The Surge

    Why Central American kids are flooding Texas, and what it means in Dallas.

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    The Establishment, a New Oyster Bar in Uptown, Is (Finally) Open

    I think I mention the length of time it took a restaurant to open in about one of every three stories I write about a new place. It's tough getting the coveted certificate of occupancy from the city, and unexpected delays can pile up like tile dust on the floor. The Establishment, though, takes ope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2013

    Dallas' Biggest Food Fights of 2013

    As 2013 comes to a close, we could focus on all of the peace and goodwill toward men that we wish for in the coming year. We could put aside our differences, invite some vegans to a barbecue and toast a gluten-free beer with our friends. Or we could look back on a few of the juiciest, richest Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    What's Next for Cedars Social and Smyth after All Their Bartenders Walked Out?

    On Tuesday morning, news broke that employees from both Smyth and Cedars Social, two of Dallas' finer cocktail bars, had staged a walk out, temporarily shuttering both bars. The unnamed employees complained at an unnamed pub, according to the Central Track story, citing creative differences as the r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    New Upscale Cocktail Den Smyth is now Open

    Brian Williams and Brian Martensen, the team behind Cedars Social, have quietly opened a new high-end cocktail den called Smyth at 4513 Travis St., just south of Knox Street. Previously we told you about The Establishment, an oyster-inclined restaurant, which has yet to open. Smyth is the drink part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    New Uptown Cocktail Den Boasts 3,000-Year-Old Ice

    Yesterday on the Eats Blog, Leslie Brenner published a blog post about an yet-to-be named bar to be opened by Michael Martensen and Brian Williams, who own Cedars Social. The duo made news last October when they announced a new oyster bar, dubbed the Establishment, which was slated to open this past ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2012

    Dallas Is Getting An Oyster Bar from the Folks Behind Cedars Social

    The folks behind Cedars Social are coming to the north side of Dallas to open their next venture. Brian Williams and Michael Martensen have announced the pending opening of The Establishment, which will feature a similar cocktail-centric experience to their Lamar Street bar with one major difference ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2012

    Watch Dallas Astronomer's Video of Something Exploding On Jupiter

    George Hall's 10-year-old, high-powered telescope was trained on Jupiter at 6:35 a.m. on Monday when it caught a brief flash of something lighting up Jupiter's surface. Hall didn't actually see the flash -- possibly a meteor impact -- but another amateur astronomer named Don Peterson did, and when H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    All-You-Can-Eat at Cedars Social: It Worked. Now Let's Hope It Yields a Cool Sandwich.

    Yesterday we told you about Cedars Social's new all-you-can-eat Prime Rib special. To be honest, when I read the news release, I thought this was a pretty ridiculous event. I still do, but after talking to owner Brian Williams I'm starting to buy in. At least a little. "It went pretty well," Willia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    John McCauley of Deer Tick: "I Heard That Charlize Theron Is A Fan"

    Providence, Rhode Island's Deer Tick is all about John J. McCauley III. The singer/guitarist formed the band in 2004 and his warped wit and croaking vocal style define Deer Tick's sound. Speaking from a Pittsburgh restaurant and in anticipation of Saturday's show at The Loft, McCauley spoke about De ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2012

    Top 10 Modern Hip-Hop Ad-Libs

    Throughout hip-hop's history, rappers have sought to distinguish themselves through a variety of methods. While some have focused exclusively on lyrical content, others have focused on style and cadence. As of late, hip-hop has experienced a fundamental shift from an emphasis on substance to an emph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Eat, Drink and Don't Start Any Fistfights at These Fan Parties

    He's more excited about the grilled "Cheese Head" sandwich than the actual game.​Visitors here for the Super Bowl are probably feeling right at home this week because of the weather, but you'll feel even more welcomed this weekend when every bar and restaurant in North Texas will cater to Stee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Today in Music News: Brian Williams Is The Hippest Anchor In National News, Rihanna Maybe Poses and Guitar Hero Could Be A Movie

    Your daily dose of national music news for Tuesday, May 12, 2009... NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams can now add indie music video blogger to his resume. Seems some, uh, very private images of Rihanna have leaked onto the Internet. They're just "alleged" to be Rihanna at this point, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2008

    The Daily Show, "Live" from "Plano"

    Last night, Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle was in Plano covering Indecision '08. OK, fine, not really. Nonetheless, here's the clip for those who spent the better part of the night watching the "real" news -- during which NBC's Brian Williams actually said Hillary Clinton's victories in Texas a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2006