Food News: Chick-fil-A Dumps Dallas Ad Agency, Bishop Cider Expands Distro, Vetted Well 2 is Coming

In big Dallas biz news this week, Chick-fil-A dropped Dallas agency The Richards Group after 22 years. The agency was behind the fast food joint's popular three-dimensional billboards and this whimsical water tower.
In big Dallas biz news this week, Chick-fil-A dropped Dallas agency The Richards Group after 22 years. The agency was behind the fast food joint's popular three-dimensional billboards and this whimsical water tower.
Courtesy of the Richards Group

In this week's Dallas food news, Lake Highlands gets a new Alamo Drafthouse (and a Vetted Well along with it), a breakfast chain comes to DFW and a local ad agency doesn't get mor chikin after all.

  • The Dallas agency behind Chick-fil-A's "eat mor chikin" campaign got the boot, Advertising Age reports. Chick-fil-A execs tell Ad Age they want to broaden the company's advertising strategy and have moved the bulk of their business to McCann New York. It's certainly not welcome news for The Richards Group, which has also created campaigns for food-centric businesses like Sub-Zero and H-E-B. From an interview with Ad Age:
  • "It's not very often that a campaign this successful results in an agency being fired. I don't know that there's much precedence for it," Stan Richards, principal and founder, The Richards Group, said in an interview. "It is a little hard to understand, and in many ways it's the saddest occurrence in my long, professional life."


  • Lake Highlands rejoiced this week at the news that Alamo Drafthouse is opening its third (and largest) location there next year, but that's not all this neighborhood is getting. Vetted Well, the bar and restaurant above the Drafthouse in The Cedars, will open at the new Lake Highlands location as well. The space is meant to be a stand-alone concept, accessible to folks who just want cocktails or lunch without actually seeing a movie. A balcony with a sweet view of downtown and private karaoke rooms have proven popular at the Cedars location. 

  • Dallas' favorite cidery is about to show up on shelves across Texas. Joel Malone of Bishop Cider Co. announced on Facebook yesterday that the company is expanding its distribution to include Houston, Austin and San Antonio starting Aug. 15. A new summer seasonal will show up on Dallas shelves soon, too. "Crackberry and Nectar six packs are hitting shelves this week and are available at our locations immediately," Malone says. "Our other fav, High & Dry, and our summer seasonal Sour Cherry will go out next week."

  • Breakfast-lovers in the 'burbs are about to get a new option: First Watch, a Florida-based restaurant chain, is coming to Plano and Richardson, CultureMap reports. "The first two branches will take over what are currently Egg & I restaurants, at 3131 Custer Rd. in Plano and 930 E. Campbell Rd. in Richardson," Teresa Gubbins writes. 

  • As is oh-so trendy these days, Lovers Lane is getting a new bar tucked inside something that's not a bar. The Loft of Osgood will open as a small bar and event space inside Osgood-O'Neil Hair Salon, CultureMap reports

  • DFW fared quite well in Texas Monthly's list of the 50 best burgers in Texas, with spots like Knife, Maple & Motor and the Bearded Lady making the juicy, medium-rare cut. 

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