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  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Six New Craft Foods in Dallas to Help Celebrate Fall, Including Deep Ellum's New Beer

    1. Earlier this year we talked to the fascinating Mark Davis Bailey at Original Pancake House (OPH) about the five-day process involved in making their from scratch-pancakes. OPH will have house-made pumpkin pancakes (pictured above) on menu starting next week. With a cup of fresh Cuvee coffee, this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Gabe Sanchez Spent Years Catering to Celebrities. Now He Makes Everyone Feel Like a VIP

    In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 30 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Stanton Stephens. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. When you walk into the Black Swan Saloon, a shoebox-sized bar in Deep Ellum, Gabe San ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    When the Threat of Tornados Drove Models and Designers Underground at the W Hotel

    The underground parking lot of the W Hotel isn't all that different from the Ghost Bar some 300 feet above it in some ways: white walls, industrial interior. Still, the lack of air conditioning was growing uncomfortable, and my perfectly waved 'do was giving way to frizz, but that will happen at an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    11 Spots to Eat Before a Stars or Mavs Game, an Updated Game Plan

    Now that they have their checkbooks all sorted out, the boys are back in town and on Saturday night the Stars face off against the Edmonton Oilers. Or someone. I actually have no idea. When they traded Shane Churla, I bowed out gracefully (although he is still with the organization). Regardless, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    W Hotel's Cook Hall To Push The Boundaries Of Bottle Service

    A news release announcing the push back of the closing date of Craft contains some additional details on the concept that will replace the W Hotel restaurant. The bar program at the new Cook Hall will be run by Belinda Chang, who won a James Beard award while working as a wine director at Modern, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Craft And Ghostbar Are Gone, But Are The Next Concepts Dead On Arrival?

    I'm not much of a Ghostbar type, but I recently visited the club at the W Hotel for a farewell party for one of our writers here at the Observer. It was a Thursday night, and we arrived at 10 p.m. (pretty early by club standards) and the bar was empty. By 11, maybe 20 customers (including my entire ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 5, 2012
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    February 9, 2012

    WhataFail: How Some Dallas Restaurants Treat Their Employees

    Restaurant Opportunities Centers United has released a new restaurant guide. The 52-page guide makes no mention of food quality, ingredient sourcing, or a customer's dining experience, but instead focuses on how well restaurants treat their employees. Wages, benefits and advancement opportunities ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    "Dallas Is the Lavender Heart of Texas."

    So says Mayor Tom Leppert's chief of staff Chris Heinbaugh in this just-posted Gay Travel look-see at the city. It accompanies these out-and-abouts on Cedar Springs, at Fair Park, the W Hotel in Victory Park, Gay Bingo, Cyclone Anaya's, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the original Sonny Bryan's.Just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    While Most of the Dems Hide Out at the W, Unopposed Helen Giddings Explains the Bill White-Craig Watkins Divide

    Photos by Sam MertenHelen Giddings​It's been a relatively quiet night at the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club, where Democratic candidates or officeholders have been hard to spot. Heck, even party chair Darlene Ewing has been in hiding all night. The slim pickings thus far have included state Rep. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Royce West Declares Victory For Garcia and Jenkins; Exonerees Appear Instead of Watkins

    Photos by Sam Merten​With The Ackermans now on stage at the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club, Dallas County Democratic Party chair Darlene Ewing finally made her appearance about 45 mintues ago along with state Senator Royce West and a group of candidates, when she expressed her condolences to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Need a Few Updates on the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park? Well, Then. Here You Go.

    ​McCarthy Building Company has built plenty of projects around town in recent years -- everything from the Wyly Theatre to the W Hotel to the Dallas County Detention Center South Tower to the under-construction Dallas City Performance Hall. To that estimable list add another landmark project: the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Craft's Jeff Harris: A Chef you Can Bank On

    Photos by Robert BostickCraft's Jeff Harris​(This is the first part of a three-part look at Jeff Harris, executive chef at Craft. Tune in tomorrow for a Q&A with Harris and Friday as he demonstrates how to prepare one of the restaurant's dishes.) Jeff Harris was raised in a small town in East ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010
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    August 16, 2010

    Hash Over: Armadillo Day, Vodka Tasting with a Side of Russian Opera Music, One2One Opens in Frisco, Libertine Bar Raises Awareness

    ​ The armadillo is the new groundhog? What the what? According to J. Black's Feel Good Lounge it is. The new Henderson Avenue hot spot will be celebrating Armadillo Day this Saturday, August 21. The event is inspired by Groundhog's Day, and will celebrating the coming of fall or everlasting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    For Your Viewing Pleasure, The Entire Dallas International Film Fest Lineup

    ​At last, the full schedule for the Dallas International Film Festival -- which kicks off three weeks from today, so better late than never. We've already taken sneak peeks at the first 22 titles, which include Oscar-winner Alex Gibney's Jack Abramoff documentary Casino Jack and the United States ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009
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    December 31, 2009
  • Dining

    November 26, 2009
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    September 10, 2009

    Vacant Buildings Downtown Still Vacant. But At Least Now They Belong to Someone Else.

    1604 Main Street, now off the market​Eleven months ago, Mayor Tom Leppert gathered the media beneath 1604 Main Street to detail his plan for dealing with 36 vacant buildings downtown. We've spilled plenty of virtual ink documenting the doings with two of the more high-profile properties, but this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Apparently, Neil Patrick Harris Is at the W

    ​So, yeah, one of the Jonas brothers was at the W Hotel in Victory Park yesterday guest-judging American Idol's Dallas final auditions. Can't recall which one -- Joe, maybe? Nick? Gummo? Tito? Doesn't matter. But this, er, news (?) has me significantly more interested: Reports E!, Neil Patrick Har ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

    A sneak peek at the new-and-improved Dallas skyline, if you look close enoughI'll leave it to Sam to interpret the convention center hotel documents that went online Sunday in advance of the city council's Economic Development Committee's jam-packed meeting this morning. (Takeaway: Open by Jan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Gumball 3000 Rally Makes a Pit Stop in Dallas

    After speeding across the desert, dodging wildlife and the highway patrol, drivers in the cross-country Gumball 3000 Rally showed off their sick parking skills for a crowd of racing fans gathered outside the W Hotel last night.Dozens of folks, mostly kids with cameras, milled around outside the rope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Bill's Records Owner Gets Treated To Night Out On Town

    When Dallas record store owner Bill Wisener relocated Bill's Records to the South Side Lamar complex a couple of years ago, one of the first people to drop in the store and welcome him to the neighborhood was Dallas Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson. And, last week, Nelson treated Bill to his first-ever ... More >>

  • News

    January 29, 2009

    Dallas' Victory Park Struggles to Deliver a Win

    Blame it on a bad economy, a bad idea or both. Ross Perot Jr.'s glitzy downtown district is in big trouble

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2008

    Mavs Dancers Party at Ghostbar -- Let the Regular Season Commence!

    Patrick Michels We've had dreams that begin like this, but they never seem to end up well. Last night, as the regular crowd of 30K millionaires queued up outside a W Hotel decked out in bouncers and velvet ropes, five Dallas Maverick dancers sported their game-day unis: hot pants, hooker boots and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    At the W Tonight, Dallas Photographers and Texas Vodka. You Can't Lose.

    After the jump, an invite to the W Hotel in Victory Park tonight. It arrives courtesy our Friend Justin Terveen, better known as the extraordinary photographer The Urban Fabric (who, from the looks of his Flickr page, is currently in the running for the cover of Mapsco's 2009 Dallas Street Guide). N ... More >>

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    May 30, 2008
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    May 2, 2008
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    November 12, 2007

    Have A Mav-ulous Holiday

    Formulating Christmas gift lists and pondering what in the world to get the Dallas Mavericks fan who has everything? I mean, in recent times the Mavs have rid themselves of the albatross, made the NBA Finals and finally beaten the Warriors. Short of a time machine that could zap us back to the start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2007

    American Idol Tryouts Aren't So Fun the Second Time Around

    As you no doubt are aware, Simon, Paula and Randy are in town today and tomorrow, putting second-round American Idol wannabes through the paces at the W Hotel. But re-auditions started yesterday, and this guy who made it past the first round found the second phase of hoop-jumping more than a little ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 5, 2007

    Missing Joules

    Downtown resort shifts gears

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    March 27, 2007
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    December 28, 2006

    The Ghost of Uptown Present

    Ring in 2007 with the beautiful people

  • News

    December 28, 2006

    Get Real

    The competition for true love is stiff, especially during prime time

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2006
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    August 21, 2006

    Ped-id Bliss

    Getting your toes done at the W is Bliss. Getting your car after your pedicure, not so much. In a vacuum, the W Hotel's in-house pampering locale, Bliss Spa, is a fantastic place to get a pedicure. But Bliss is not in a vacuum; it is in the W. And the W and I need to have a few words, mostly about p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2006

    Get Mowed

    Just when you thought we had it all here in Dallas--a W Hotel full of posh turds and some semblance of, um, something happening with that Wright Amendment thing--we get even more. O, karma, how you shine upon us! For now comes DallasForHire.com, a Web site wherein you can bid for a variety of servic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2006

    Havana Club

    Cuba Gooding Jr. gets paid to do things like Rat Race (above) and show at Ghostbar grand openings. That's one hell of a way to make a living. Friday night's part-two opening of Ghostbar atop the W Hotel provided the most interesting Dallas crowd I've seen in a long time. You had dancers (no, not bal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2006

    Parade, Meet Rain

    Concerning my post this a.m. about the fab opening of the W Hotel last night, Lorlee Bartos sends this missive, which is supposed to make all of us hobbing and nobbing last night feel guilty. Me, I just feel a little tired and queasy. (Note to self: Tequila, white wine and Jack Daniel's should never ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2006

    W Stands for "Winner"

    There were a million photos we could have run. We decided to go with this one of swimming pool model Daniel and KDFW-Channel 4's Good Day Dallas producer Dana Rogers. Former mayor Ron Kirk wouldn't engage in a little nyah-nyah-toldya-so last night at the everybody's-a-VIP opening of the W Hotel in V ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 29, 2006
  • News

    June 29, 2006

    Sticker Shock

    Let's not have that Victory parade just yet

  • News

    June 29, 2006
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    June 26, 2006
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    June 21, 2006

    Can't Spell Wednesday Without the "W" (Hotel)

    This is the view of the AAC and Victory Park from the pool deck area at the W. Gonna be awesome. In case you didn't know this--and you probably didn't, since its official opening isn't till a week from tomorrow--the W Hotel's open in Victory Park. Or maybe you do know: The joint's at 60-percent capa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2006
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    June 1, 2006

    W: Not Weally That Big a Wait

    Yesterday, in previewing the W Hotel's latest digs in Victory Park, I mentioned how the hotel's construction was taking a little longer than expected, forcing Starwood to push back the June 15 opening. Turns out the wait won't be that long: Last night, folks at the hotel confirmed that they're now s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2006

    Dubya, The Hotel

    W stands for "wow." Or "whoops, we're not opening June 15." Or "whatever, the place is still gonna be amazing." Yesterday afternoon I took a sweat-soaked tour of the W Hotel's latest digs in Victory Park, and first this actual news item: Kristin Walker, the marketing manager for the hotel, says it w ... More >>

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    March 24, 2005

    To the Dogs

    Canines and cornies take over Lee Park

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