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    November 25, 2014

    Forest/Inwood Neighbors Gear Up for Fight over Proposed Apartments and Retail

    Stop me if you've heard this one before. A developer wants to build some apartments on an extremely valuable yet bizarrely underdeveloped major North Dallas intersection. These apartments will be very classy, as evidenced by the slick, full-color brochures zoning/PR consultant Sarah Dodd is distribu ... More >>

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    November 20, 2014

    Six Awesome Food and Booze Events in Dallas This Weekend, November 20 - 22

    Grapevine Craft Brewery is celebrating one blissfully hoppy year of craft brewing. It's a civic affair, this celebration, or so the guest list would imply. Grapevine's mayor is expected to be in attendance, as are lots of other people who can't be identified in a crowd. Ten beers -- including two sp ... More >>

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    June 20, 2014

    The Ivy Tavern, a New Pub on Lemmon, Is Now Open (Photos)

    The Ivy Tavern, located at 5334 Lemmon Avenue, opened early this month in the space that once housed a place called Kitty's. While we're not entirely sure what Kitty's used to be -- some sort of dive bar, it seems? -- a beer-guzzling patron tells us the venue has received a serious facelift since th ... More >>

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    May 28, 2014

    10 Dallas Places We'd Like to See Host Concerts

    From Deep Ellum to downtown, Fort Worth to Frisco, there are scores of great places to catch concerts throughout Dallas and the surrounding areas. Every once in a while, though, we like to let our imaginations run free. What if some of our favorite places to hang out suddenly hosted that dream perfo ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013

    The Corner Bar on McKinney Avenue Has New Owners and a Brand New Menu

    The Corner Bar is making its attempt to be a gustatory den of the highest order. Skim the menu and you'll see all the buzzwords you expect to see associated with Dallas' fine-dining restaurants. Tom Spicer's greens make multiple appearances, and there are hot dogs from Luscher's Red Hots. The Quer ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013

    First Look at Si Lom

    Thai Express, once located on Inwood Road, received a facelift, a name change and was relocated to its new home on Oak Lawn late last year. Si Lom Thai Asian Fusion has been open in the quiet basement suite at 3300 Oak Lawn Ave. (that once housed Daniele Osteria and more recently, d'Carlo) since Nov ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013
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    September 19, 2012

    GOGHEE Taco is Back, Baby! Time for More Kimchee Tacos and the New "Gogeecoa"

    GOGHEE Korean BBQ Tacos is opening in its new location today at 4895 LBJ Freeway (northwest quadrant, just west of Inwood Road). Their original spot was just a tiny drive-thru spot with no indoor dining. But, they needed more elbow room for all that kimchee slinging, so they upgraded to a bigger pla ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    One Night, Four Dive Bars

    Recently, I've been thinking a lot about dive bars, that sub-sect of watering hole fiercely guarded by established regulars. The type of place where the bartender and waitress know 90% of their customer's names and take the time to invest in conversation past the precursory friendly pre-drink banter ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Hey, Old People: If a Cop Calls and Wants to Inspect Your Money, Don't Let Him

    First, a word of caution. If someone cold-calls you, says they're a police officer, then asks you to withdraw a large some of cash from the bank so they can see if it's counterfeit, don't do it. Chances are, they're not actually a cop and you're never going to find out if your money was counterfeit ... More >>

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    July 12, 2012

    Bad News: Goghee To Go Taco is Closing. Awesome News: They're Reopening BIGGER!

    News this morning from Goghee To Go, maker of Korean barbeque tacos at 2222 Inwood Road, is that the small drive through spot is now closed, but will open in a larger spot soon. The Goghee on Inwood was about as unassuming as a Korean-Mexican fusion taco place could be. Their beef goghee "transvest ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012
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    February 21, 2012

    Dallas PD Asks: Do You Know The Gunman Who's Been Holding Up 7-Elevens This Week?

    The video you see above was taken in the wee small hours of Saturday morning at the 7-Eleven located at 5123 W. Lovers Lane, just off Inwood -- you know, the one next to Neighborhood Services, which, according to Dallas PD records, has been robbed more than 70 times in the past five years. Reason DP ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    Vinyl Fantasy Brings Out Wenches and Obtuse '70s Sex Music

    Well, the weekend is over and I am still trying to remove my neon pink lipstick from the super fun wedding reception the Observer staff ingested too many jello shots at. All in the name of art, we are cultural consumers around these parts. Be it a new pop-up bar or an afterparty, I don't like to m ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Liberty Burger is Open and Slammed in North Dallas, and is Already Talking About Expansion

    The wife and I were doing some house-hunting on Saturday morning and, after an unsuccessful showing, our realtor asked whether we wanted to try a new burger place. Being that I edit a blog that's more or less devoted to chronicling every sizzle produced by every patty of wet meat from Waco to the Ok ... More >>

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    January 6, 2012

    Earthquake Hits North Dallas! Well, Sure.

    ​A Friend of Unfair Park dispatches this report from the U.S. Geological Survey: My near-neck of Northwest Dallas had itself a teensy-tiny earthquake in the wee small hours of the morning -- at 12:11:49, to be precise. As in: "Magnitude 2.0." Or, as Matt Peterson calls it, a "microquake." Which, I ... More >>

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    November 24, 2011
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    November 22, 2011

    Café Istanbul, a Staple on Lovers, Gets a Makeover (Photos)

    Café Istanbul has been in the Inwood Village Shopping Center on Lovers Lane for over 15 years, but this summer regulars found their go-to Mediterranean spot closed for renovations. When the restaurant reopened in mid-October, customers returned to a more slightly modern vibe, with new dark wood acc ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    A Weekend Filled With St. Vincent. Also: 45 Fest, Manchester Orchestra, Battles and More!

    Annabel MehranSt. Vincent​This is the weekend of St. Vincent. In fact, someone ought to make it a local holiday because it's going to be pretty difficult to escape the songstress over the next few days. She's set to perform in town three different times. On Saturday and Sunday night, she'll perfor ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011
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    May 13, 2011

    Good Friday: Homegrown Music & Art Festival, and the Rest of This Weekend's Shows

    Seriously: Does anyone have any new photos of Neon Indian?​This weekend's biggest show will give local music fans a good reason to get outside: On Saturday, Homegrown Music & Art Festival will feature performances from Neon Indian, School of Seven Bells and a handful of other bands with local ... More >>

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    May 12, 2011
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    May 10, 2011

    Two Tacos from Maple Avenue That Are Good Enough to Marry

    The dearth of information on most taquerías and Mexican restaurants in the Dallas area means that often this weekly series relies heavily on leaps of faith (and stomach). Call it food cartography, because, baby, there is no map. It's what barbecue expert Daniel Vaughn does at Full Custom Gospel BBQ ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011
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    April 11, 2011

    How the Love Field People Mover Project Fits Into Downtown-to-Oak Cliff Streetcar Project

    Click to embiggen the current streetcar project alignment, which runs all of 1.6 miles​Here's a council committee briefing worth keeping an eye on today: Streetcar Planning Update, always a topic of interest but even more so as the Federal Transit Administration revenue-service deadline barrels do ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011
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    March 18, 2011

    At Inwood & Forest, Concern That Proposed Gas Station and Convenience Store Is Lowe's Blow

    ​Once or twice a week for the past couple of months, an e-mail will pop up in the in-box about a proposal to put a gas station and convenience store in the Lowe's parking lot on Inwood Road just off of Forest Lane. It's no small development, either: According to city docs, the complex will eat up ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011
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    January 13, 2011
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    January 13, 2011

    Tomorrow: Get a Cheap Lunch at Which Wich

    Patrick MichelsYou don't want to know what's in this.​Because there just aren't enough sandwich joints in Uptown, the folks at Which Wich have bestowed us with another location at which to build unique sammies. The new branch, which will open tomorrow at Inwood and Lemmon, is celebrating its g ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010
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    November 8, 2010

    Don't Wait Till Valentine Day for Lovers

    ​All right, I know it's not Valentine's Day, but for those of you who like to plan for the future, I have a theme date for you. The first two words are Lover's Pizza. I recently shared a booth with a date at the great place on Lovers Lane. If you're going to a place with "lovers" in the title ... More >>

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    January 31, 2009

    Last Night: Tapes 'N Tapes, Wild Light and Les Americains at Club Dada

    Tapes n' Tapes, Wild Light, Les AmericainsClub DadaFriday, January 30, 2009 Better Than: Watching Ghostbusters on the big screen at the Inwood? Maybe. Download: We had a couple photographers at this show, so expect a slideshow by Monday. Before the Minnesotan indie-band Tapes 'n Tapes sta ... More >>

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    January 5, 2009

    The New Wasteland, Or Why Doesn't Time Equal Money

    Saturday night I tried to elbow my way into Neighborhood Services, the new Nick Badovinus destination.Tried is the key word--staff members promised a wait of up to three hours for a table and well-heeled types already mobbed the bar area, obviously willing to watch the evening slip away in a sea of ... More >>

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    December 29, 2008

    George & Laura Who? Ooooh, Right.

    Friends of Unfair Park I like to call "Mom" and "Dad" suggested this photo op on Meaders Lane, where, from the looks of our drive last night, damned near every house between Preston and Inwood Roads appears to have one of these signs planted in the front yard -- on purpose, even. They're branching o ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    Yeah, But a Crystal's Would Be Cooler

    Among the dozens of items being taken up during today's city council end-o'-the-year everything-must-go blowout, scheduled to begin at 9 this morning and last till forever, is this note for Northwest Dallas residents who likewise believe Chuck E. Cheese serves Satan's pepperoni: We're getting a Gatt ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008

    At Harold's, Everything Must Go

    Hard to believe, as Harold's has been a part of the local retailing landscape since forever, but four days after announcing it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the Dallas-based chain is, indeed, shuttering all 43 of its stores, it was announced today -- including its four Dallas-Fort ... More >>

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    August 25, 2008

    Wheels? Where We're Going, We Don't Need Wheels.

    It's been mentioned a couple of times on FrontBurner, including today: Folks wake up in the morning, only to find their car or SUV is missing all four wheels. The D boys have mentioned a few locations -- Preston Hollow, University Park, Abrams Road and Northwest Highway, Lovers Lane and Inwood Road. ... More >>

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    July 23, 2008

    Now, Where's My HazMat Uniform?

    If you live between Lemmon Avenue, Kings Road, Maple Avenue, the Denton Drive cut-off and Inwood Road, the city has a favor to ask you. Like, could you please, pretty please, stay inside tomorrow night -- say, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.? Swell. Nothing big -- just a mosquito spray-down ... More >>

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    April 4, 2008

    We Were Born to Love You, Cindy Morgan. We Were Born To ... Well.

    Perhaps some of you are heading to the Inwood Theater shortly to catch a glimpse of Robert De Niro, who's in town for what's sure to be the most mumbling post-screening Q&A in the history of moving pictures. He's here, along with director Barry Levinson and producer-screenwriter Art Linson and produ ... More >>

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    March 20, 2008

    They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To

    Annie Hall's among the eight United Artists films screening in April at the Inwood. So many film fests from which to choose: the AFI Dallas International Film Festival, which kicks off next week; the USA Film Festival, which this week announced its kickoff date (April 21); and now the UA 90th Annive ... More >>

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    January 29, 2008

    A Good Night to Meet George Romero

    Already folks are lining up for next month's special screening, with George Romero, of Night of the Living Dead. Texas Frightmare Weekend -- which bills itself as "the Southwest's premier horror convention," and who am I to argue -- takes place February 22-24 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Confer ... More >>

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    May 25, 2007

    Iris 'n' Amber

    What’s become of Susie Priore’s grand neighborhood restaurant Iris, which shuttered April Fool’s weekend after burning out from competition and undercapitalizing sclerosis? Hark, it will soon be…Campisi’s No. 4, but you may know this number better. Yes, that’s right. Iris’ corpse will ... More >>

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    July 25, 2006

    Feel Free to Panic

    A scene from John Carstarphen's Panic Time, which debuts tonight for free at the Inwood Theater Old Friend of Unfair Park John Carstarphen, whose 1995 debut Stealin' Home was a fave of former DO'er Matt Zoller Seitz's way back when ("a funky, frenetic, upbeat piece of African-Americana!"), debuts hi ... More >>

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    July 10, 2006

    A Sign of Success

    This billboard, on IH-35 and Inwood Road, has spawned many like it across the country. Two months to the day after planted its first 48-foot-wide go-home-illegals billboard on Stemmons Freeway near Inwood Road, the Iowa-based "conservative, pro-family and pro-faith" organization's the ... More >>

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