Trader Vic's Inc.

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    A Passionate Plea for More Tiki Bars in Dallas

    There are exotic plants at the Sunset Lounge on Ross Avenue, but they're in the wallpaper -- giant, two-dimensional green leaves layered geometrically over beige paint as you look left from the bar. I'm looking at them as my attentive bartender, Rodney, who's wearing a stylish Duck Dynasty shirt, te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Rusty Fenton, The Pioneer Behind Rusty Taco, Has Passed Away

    News broke yesterday that Dallas' own Rusty Fenton passed away after a three-year battle with renal cancer. He was 53. Fenton was not only a brilliant restaurateur and as kind as he was creative, but he was also a family friend for many, many years. Fenton's Monday morning passing brought about a wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2012

    Where And How To Drink Like a Mad Man

    Everyone's favorite booze-soaked, chain-smoking, adultery-laden television series is about to disappear until 2013; yes, Mad Men's season five finale airs this Sunday on AMC. (If you need to catch up, the first few seasons are on Netflix. You're welcome.) But there's no reason that your thirst for ... More >>

  • Music

    April 26, 2012

    Starck Contrast

    Another new documentary on the Starck Club revisits the storied Dallas nightclub of the '80s

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Marquee Grill Barkeep Jason Kosmas on Giving Advice, Books and Hangovers

    Jason Kosmas found his calling in booze while tending bar in New York City at Pravada, Employees Only and Macao Trading Co, the last two of which he co-owns. He's also penned two books, You Didn't Hear it From Us, and Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined. Jason's wif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Brackets Declines to Replace Departed Executive Chef

    The executive chef at Brackets has left, and the restaurant's management team has decided against filling the position. ​Pedro Castrejon, late of Aventino and Ferre Ristorante e Bar, was at the helm when the table tennis-themed sports bar opened late last year in the former Trader Vic's locat ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    As The Green Room Revamps, We Wonder:
    Can Deep Ellum Support Fine Dining?

    ​There's no shortage of good food in Deep Ellum, but does The Green Room's extended vacation mean fine-dining restaurants can't make it there? The Green Room hasn't gone out of business yet, although circumstances surrounding its unannounced closure were sufficiently suspicious to excite the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Revolving Doors: All's Well That Ends Well

    ​As December comes to a close, it seems all is well, or at least better, as many highly anticipated restaurants made their debuts. David Uygur was back in the kitchen, plus a New York deli and the latest Lombardi venture both opened. We were expecting few restaurants to shutter since, being the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    Footpulls: Anti-Grubber Device Slow to Take Off

    ​The bathroom doors at Brackets, the sports bar that's taken over the space vacated by Trader Vic's, are equipped with contraptions that allow guests to pull the doors open with their feet. The rounded metal pulls make good sense at Brackets, where guests are eating pizza and grasping ping po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Get Happy With Moustache Rides For A $5 Suggested Donation At J. Black's

    ​Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details on why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.Where: J. Black's Feel Good Lounge, 2409 N. Henderson Ave., 214-613-2525When: 4 to 8 p.m. daily an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    The Rise of the Il Cane Rosso Empire

    Cane Rosso's Truckin'​Pegasus News reports this morning that Il Cane Rosso is putting down roots in Deep Ellum. Owner Jay Jerrier couldn't be reached for comment, but Teresa Gubbins has posted a photo of the tip-off TABC window sign at 2612 Commerce Avenue. Jerrier last week confirmed on his Fac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Bali Ha'i: Searching for Dallas' Elusive Tiki Dining Past

    Not Dallas' Don the Beachcomber, but you get the idea.​Don the Beachcomber, the Dallas restaurant whose hazy history I wrote about last week, was a relatively late arrival to the region's Polynesian dining scene. Kevin Tucker and Dennis Haberkern, two local tiki aficionados, are busily chroni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Combing for Photos of Dallas'
    Don the Beachcomber

    ​Tiki history hobbyists -- a remarkably serious and disciplined group, considering its members like their drinks served in coconuts -- are on the hunt for photos of Dallas' Don the Beachcomber. Open at the corner of Meadow Road and Greenville Avenue from 1974 to 1982, the Dallas outlet of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    New Restaurants are Blossoming This Spring

    ​ This March kept true to the saying "in like a lion, out like a lamb," kicking off with a four-alarm fire on Lower Greenville on March 2. The fire started in Terrilli's and soon destroyed Hurricane Grill, Mick's and Greenville Bar & Grill only a few weeks before one of Greenville's biggest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    For Those Tikiheads Wondering If Trader Vic's Is Returning, The Answer Is: No.

    ​It was, for groovy old-timers still recovering from their Mai Tai Boat fog, a big deal when the announcement was made in June 2005: After years in mothballs, Trader Vic's would be reopening as part of the Hotel Palomar, which still counts it among its two dining options on the Web site. But, once ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Days Gone Bite: The Riviera

    ​Seven years ago today Dallas' grand old fine dining destination was in its death throes. The Riviera would close for good in February of 2003, leaving as its legacy some of the finest chefs, restaurateurs and managers in the city.David Holben (now at Del Frisco's) and Lori Finkelman served as the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Top 10 Sexiest Female Chefs In Dallas

    Yeah, yeah--pretty damn juvenile of us...not to mention downright sexist.But, damn it, if Danica Patrick can embrace beauty as well as hard nose racing skill, then we're allowed the occasional foray into 'babe-licious' territory.​Now, it wasn't an easy process. After much hemming and hawing, we ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    10 Questions: Travis Rachal of Trader Vic's

    Patrick MichelsHow many service industry careers begin in college? Hard to say, really--but one assumes the number is significant. After all, the income is good and you can work through the summer.Rachal intends to graduate from SMU next year with a degree in finance. In the meantime, the Chicago na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Appetite For Instruction: Mai Tai

    Demonstrated by A.J. Iammarino of Trader Vic's Dallas Guess what? Marilyn Manson is now shilling absinthe. Yep, as if Cabo Wabo and Trump Vodka weren't enough, now everyone's favorite goth poster boy is in bed with the naughty green fairy. We'll file it somewhere between the Danny DeVito Limonce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    10 Questions: Mickie Crockett

    She's worked in some of the city's most respected kitchens, including Cafe on the Green, Mediterraneo and The Riviera. As executive chef at Trader Vic's, she picked up a spot in the Dallas Morning News' list of top new restaurants in 2007.Crockett now serves as general manager for Cadillac Ranch, th ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 24, 2008
  • Dining

    December 27, 2007

    Victory: That Gasoline Smell...

    2007 started with the scent of napalm in the morning

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2007

    TV Tré's a Sell-Out

    Bravo Abacus' Tré Wilcox was more than a little happy at winning the first Elimination Challenge on this season's Top Chef. Dang, dang, dang. I knew I should have acted quicker. But, turns out, tomorrow's cooking class at the Dallas Farmers Market is all sold out. Why, well, that's no surprise: Fr ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 3, 2007

    Deathless Tiki Tacky

    Kitsch is cool again at Trader Vic's

  • Dining

    March 1, 2007

    Rusty's Tiki Dare

    Trader Vic's returns in nostalgic glory

  • Dining

    November 9, 2006

    Settling In

    Luqa restaurant meets its deadline

  • Dining

    October 12, 2006

    Vic's Fix

    Old classic reborn in new hotel

  • Dining

    June 30, 2005

    Dead and Kicking

    McKinney Avenue is alive and well

  • Dining

    April 24, 2003

    Tiki Tacky

    Tiki Bob's is hanging on by a vine

  • Music

    December 7, 2000

    Scene, Heard

    Manson takes on Weathermen

  • Music

    December 5, 1996

    Jingle bells, Jingle sells

    The industry aims for the heart of Christmas-- with a shotgun

  • Dining

    May 23, 1996

    Pure delight

    At Majella's and Palayok, you'll get your Filipino of fine imported flavors

  • Dining

    October 19, 1995

    Strike up the band

    The Capitol's American melting-pot menu makes it cool to be a patriot

  • Dining

    November 3, 1994

    Mall food al fresco

    The Terrace offers jazz and a forgettable trendy menu