Antonovich does Lone Wolf
Former III Forks chef Matthew Antonovich, a.k.a. Chisholm, has just completed the new menu for Lone Wolf Cafe, an American grill with continental touches. Set to open at the end of October, the cafe will feature a $4 million wine cellar assembled by new Lone Wolf backer Dennis Overstreet of the Wine Merchant of Beverly Hills. Why did Antonovich dump III Forks for a stogie bar? "I decided that the opportunity to be Jim Belushi's and Chuck Norris' partner held more interest," he says. "My dream would be to make this place like Union Square Cafe in New York City. It's loved by its local residents, and it's internationally acclaimed."
Open just a couple of months after its conversion from the Caribbean venue Jungle Red, AFabulosa! in the Centrum has closed. It was purchased by an undisclosed Oklahoma-based firm that will operate a restaurant...Starwood Hotels & Resorts has renamed its hotels at LBJ Freeway and Coit Road. The Sheraton Park Central, home of Laurels restaurant, is now the Westin Park Central, while the Radisson Park Central across the street inherits the Sheraton Park Central name. No word on the future of Laurels, though rumors that its fate is uncertain continue to roil...The completed conversion of the Southland Center into the new Adam's Mark Hotel brings with it a new batch of restaurants downtown. These include Pearl Street Cafe, an all-day diner; Tiffany Rose, a piano and jazz bar serving appetizers and desserts; Players Sports Bar, serving sandwiches, salads, and an extensive selection of microbrews; Silhouettes, an open-air lunch and breakfast buffet that converts into a nightclub after dark; and the Atrium Brasserie. Adam's Mark will also resurrect the upscale Chaparral Club, the 38th-floor venue that originally opened in 1958.
Food-service sales in Dallas this year will hit $4.35 billion according to Texas Restaurant Association projections, making Dallas the largest food-service market in Texas. Second-ranked Houston huffed down Dallas' neck with $4.3 billion in sales. The average Dallas resident will spend some $1,400 dining out this year--compared with $1,220 last year--trumping Houston's $1,130. That makes Dallas' per-resident away-from-home grub spending 29 percent higher than the statewide average. TRA's total statewide projections hit $21.6 billion, making Texas the second-largest food-service market nationally after California.
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