Preston Royal

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    TJ's Seafood Market Has a New Home, a Bigger Menu, and More Booze

    TJ's Seafood isn't exactly new to Dallas. It started in 1989 at Preston and Forest, serving up seafood out of a fish case. A few years ago, they expanded to the Oak Lawn area and added a dine-in restaurant component to their business. Now, they've shuttered the original TJ's Seafood and opened up th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    100 Favorite Dishes, No. 22: Fish Tacos at TJ's

    To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me. While everyone else is focusing on the brand new TJ's in Preston Royal, pay the Highland P ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    The Original TJ's Fish Market Is Moving to Preston Hollow, and Expanding

    There was a big buzz when the second location of TJ's Seafood Market opened in Highland Park in 2012. For years TJ's had been a place to pick up a side of salmon, and maybe a few dozen oysters to shuck at home. But when owner Jon Alexis moved into a strip mall alongside Carbone's, suddenly table ser ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    At Last, We Have a Firm Opening Date for That New Central Market in Preston Royal

    ​Speaking of new grocery stores ...Last we'd been told, the Central Market replacing the old Borders (which replaced an old Safeway) in Preston Royal would be open come "mid-winter." But as you can see from the photo I snapped a couple of nights ago, it's looking awful close to opening. How close? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Dallas' Five Best Chinese Restaurants

    ​I am not a Jewish person, but I like Jewish things. Latkes top my list. As does getting drunk. Gefilte fish doesn't excite me very much, but Christmas does, which isn't Jewish at all, but you know the drill: movies, Chinese food, drunk. I'm good at these things. These are City of Ate's five ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Today's Sign of the Times: Man, Somebody Really Misses the Preston Royal Blockbuster

    ​Espied whilst driving down Royal yesterday, at the site of the former Blockbuster in Preston Royal, once the chain's crown jewel. Took a long while for the 8-year-old in the back seat to stop giggling while yelling, "It burns my eyes, Dad, it burns my eyes!"

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Central Market to Ask Council For Variance to Sell Beer and Wine Next Door to St. Mark's

    The under-construction Central Market in Preston Royal, which used to be a Safeway, by the way. You can see the original walls from the Royal Lane side, matter of fact.​Used to be, a business situated too close to a school, church, hospital or daycare center that wanted to sell booze couldn't, exc ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    But Will a Petition Drive Convince Trader Joe's to Open in Lake Highlands? We Shall See.

    From the sales pitch that follows after the jump​A few weeks ago I was talking to Office of Economic Development head honcho Karl Zavitkovsky about something unrelated when he mentioned the petition drive aimed at convincing Trader Joe's to open a location at the Lake Highlands Town Center, where ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    That's Quite the Campaign Sign Crackdown

    A friend of Unfair Park suggested I drive by the Preston Royal library on my way into work today. So I did.​Remember that item last week about how the city was going to use code enforcement to collect and toss election signs planted on public property, "including parks, recreation centers and libr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Right Now, Only Two Dallas Blockbusters to Survive. Everyone Else In "Wait and See" Mode.

    The longstanding Preston Royal Shopping Center Blockbuster, which may be about to go the way of Betamax​In the wake of news that Dish Network's looking to keep only a few hundred of Blockbuster's brick-and-mortar locations once the deal's sealed Thursday, several Friends of Unfair Park living in N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Eric Nadel Really Loves His Job This Season (And Has a Musical Recommendation Too)

    Courtesy the Texas RangersThe great Eric Nadel, baseball broadcaster and music aficionado​Long ago I used to run into Eric Nadel -- The Voice of Your Texas Rangers -- all the time in the music section of the Borders in Preston Royal, which should tell you how long ago that was. First time I saw hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Half Price Books, Second Chapter: Borders's Future May Include Selling Used Books

    Photos by Harry Wilonsky​Sooner than later, of course, there will be but one Borders left in Dallas -- the Lovers and Greenville location, spared, so far, from closure following the company's Chapter 11 filing a few weeks ago. The other two locations, in Preston Royal and the West Village, are wel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Borders' Bankruptcy Claims Two Dallas Stores. A Decision Points Firesale Can't Be Far Behind.

    Robert WilonskyThe scene at the Borders in Preston Royal a month ago. Come April, it'll be even emptier.​A month ago, Robert offered a lamentation for what's become of this Borders in Preston Royal, where the kids books had been replaced by board games, the music section was two CD bins, and an en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Borders' Co-Founder, Now a Texan, Would Rather Not Talk About Today's Sad News

    From the Preston Royal Borders' grand-opening week ad that appeared in the Observer in September 1992​We knew Borders' bankruptcy was coming; it wasn't a particularly well-kept secret, either in the business pages or in the stores themselves, which long ago began pushing books off the shelves to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    With Book and Videos, Dallas Museum of Art Steps Up Efforts to Ignite the Power of Art

    ​Speaking of books ... Yesterday, Yale University Press sent word that Bonnie Pitman's Ignite the Power of Art Advancing Visitor Engagement in Museums is now available at Your Finer Booksellers. (Well ... it's supposed to be -- the Borders and Barnes & Noble in Preston Royal, at least, don't y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Remember When Borders Sold Books?

    The Preston Royal Borders looks less like a bookstore than an art installation these days​I needed a book yesterday and happened to be driving by the Borders in Preston Royal, which did not have said book. Or many books, for that matter. There were, however, bins full of discounted tchotchkes, ais ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Effort to Cut Off Tap of TABC Permits For Beer, Wine Sales Citywide Put Off Till Next Week

    ​The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is slowly but surely doling out those permits to retailers who want to sell beer and wine in the previously dry parts of Dallas (though none have been issued in the last few days). The lawsuit filed by the parties opposed to the citywide off-premise sale of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Dubya to Drive 1.1 Miles to First Book Signing

    ​This just in from the Borders in Preston Royal: At 8:30 Tuesday morning, George W. Bush will make the very short drive from Daria Place and stop by to sign copies of his "untraditional" tome Decision Points, presently tops on Kayne West's must-read list. Borders also sends these instructions for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Let's Now Cut to the Chase

    NBC Universal​It's getting close to that most wonderful time of the year -- when the fall teevee season commences. Later today we'll post a few peeks from Hal Samples and my visit to the set of Lone Star, the so-far-so-great (based on the pilot, at least) FOX series currently shooting all over tow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Neighborhood Services Bar & Grill Flies
    Both High and Under Radar

    ​Nick Badovinus two weeks ago opened a Neighborhood Services Bar & Grill in Preston Royal, but some neighbors still haven't noticed. That's fine by Badovinus, who says he relies on satisfied customers rather than fancy signage to attract business. "To be honest, it's really where you want to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    That's Quite the Drugstore, Cowboy

    Justin Terveen​Since as long as I can recall, Dougherty's has been my family's pharmacy, dating back to its days in Oak Cliff (it didn't move to Preston Royal till '67). So I've taken it for granted all these many years -- just one more place I stop in or drive by, no big. Then Justin Terveen, on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Roy's Natural Market: So Long to the Man with Wheat Grass Miracles

    Roy Beard is closing Roy's Natural Market come August.​Used to get a lot of sore throats, from, well, let's just call it "cigarette" smoking. That was back in the '80s when I, well, let's just say smoked. Invariably, the tickle in my throat would progress to soreness, which would progress to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    It Would Appear the Former Preston Royal 7-Eleven Has a New Bagel-Sellin' Tenant

    ​Yesterday, Rudy Bush mentioned that Doug's Gym on Commerce Street downtown is getting a new neighbor: a 7-Eleven, oh thank heavens. Should be open in late August or early September.But before that, that former 7-Eleven in Preston Royal -- shuttered because, among other reasons, "it wasn't facing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    For Your Weekday Listening Pleasure: Norah Jones in Paris, a Long, Long Way from Popolos

    ​I drove by the now-shuttered Popolos Cafe in Preston Royal on the way home last night -- hated to see it go a couple of weeks back, when it lost its lease due to the landlord's raising the rent. Used to go there all the time: It was close to the house, always good for a almost-fancy date night, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Maddow, Slater Preview Bush's Turn as Matt Foley: "Babbitt Meets the Super Bowl"

    ​Maybe you've heard the radio ads: Rudy Giuliani (didgeridoo), Colin Powell (bass), Terry Bradshaw (lead vocals), Zig Ziglar (banjo), Robert Schuller (keytar), Rick Belluzo (hurdy gurdy) and Tamara Lowe (bagpipes) are getting the band back together for an all-star jam session at the Fort Worth Con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Get on the Bush: Cindy Sheehan Comes to Town to Visit an Old Friend, Sell Books

    Danny HurleyIt was Bush-on-Bush action in front of John J. Pershing Elementary courtesy Cindy Sheehan and a band of protesters.We've got more photos from the protest in a slide show, coming soon.About 65 protesters -- and nearly as many members of the local media -- showed up at the southwest corner ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009
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    November 7, 2008

    As One Independent Bookstore Opens in Plano, Another Closes in Frisco

    Frisco's Bookworm sounds like my kind of bookstore -- family-owned, "intimate," has a fireplace, serves coffee, good to go. Only, the worm has turned: Its Web site is currently advertising an everything-must-go sale in advance of its going out of business. In fact, Publishers Weekly this morning tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    T.O. Loves Him Some God

    If nothing else, we can distract ourselves this week with Texas-OU, some kind of a football match set for Saturday at the Cotton Bowl, I think. The New York Times gets a jump on the pre-game festivities this morning. And, whilst on the sporting news, this clip from Terrell Owens' post-game press con ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008
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    June 16, 2008

    North Dallas is Good for the Jews

    Shalom, Y'all Good thing I didn't let my subscription to Jewish Living lapse (got it for my bar mitzvah, along with a bunch of savings bonds and fountain pens). Because now I know that North Dallas is No. 5 on the list of the Chosen People's top 10 neighborhoods in North America -- right below Ave ... More >>

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    March 3, 2008
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    February 7, 2008

    Going to Shell in a Handbasket?

    So maybe they're tearing down the Shell station in Preston Royal after all? So, about that Shell service station in Preston Royal. Yesterday I was told that the longtime full-service fixture in the neighborhood wasn't being demolished, despite its demolishy appearance, but that it was being refitted ... More >>

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    February 6, 2008
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    November 28, 2007
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    August 31, 2007

    Norah Jones Channels Her Inner Linda Ronstadt

    A couple of weeks back, Norah Jones and M. Ward played Les Arènes de Nîmes -- or, the complete opposite of Popolo's in Preston Royal, where I first saw her perform way, way back when. Anyway, someone a couple of days ago posted four songs from their set -- including this duet on Roy Orbison's "Blu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2007

    A Harry Situation

    My shameless procrastinating ways have caught up to me at last. When I went into the Old Town Borders Books & Music a few weeks ago to reserve my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I was told I could do so, but with no guarantee that I'd receive the book at midnight tonight. Which meant I ... More >>

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    April 23, 2007

    Livin' in the 1960s

    Bobby Patterson played the Sons of Hermann Hall Saturday night. And he wore this jacket. A few random notes from a rare Saturday night out. The family went to dinner in Preston Royal, and when we emerged round about 7:30, the sunset sky was filled with the sounds of..."Livin' in the U.S.A." by the S ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 12, 2007

    One Helluva Bonfire

    Joe Ely graces area bookstores

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2006

    Bookstore Wars

    A few months before the publication of Laura J. Miller's new book Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption, which deals with the rise of the megabookstore and the demise of the beloved indie book seller, Barnes & Noble opened yet another Dallas location right across the stre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2006

    Oh, Norah

    When is the new Norah Jones CD not the new Norah Jones CD? When it's credited to The Little Willies, a band consisting of Jones on vocals and piano (duh), Richard Julian offering remarkably Lyle Lovett-like vocals and guitar, Lee Alexander on bass, Jim Campilongo on electric guitar and Dan Rieser on ... More >>

  • Music

    September 2, 2004

    Madeleine Peyroux | William Galison & Madeleine Peyroux

    Careless Love (Rounder) | Got You on My Mind (Wake Up Music)

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Pizza

    Al's Pizza

  • Dining

    May 27, 1999

    Tin tongue

    Tin Star's "salsa, smoke, and sizzle" fizzle

  • Calendar

    May 27, 1999
  • Dining

    April 10, 1997
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    September 19, 1996

    Short ciao line

    Dallas has yet to grow good Italian dining

  • Dining

    June 27, 1996
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    June 6, 1996

    Home run

    Pasta Plus would bring a smile to Mama's face

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    January 5, 1995
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