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Papercity won't hurl barbs
Targeting residents of Dallas' high-income 'hoods, Papercity, a clone of a slick rag spawned in Houston, will spare Dallas restaurants blood-letting criticism in its dining coverage, according to editor and former Dallas Observer reporter Rebecca Sherman.
Instead, the bimonthly urban-lifestyle mag, with an expected circulation of some 85,000, will zero in on local restaurant gossip for the see-and-be-seen set. "The idea is to write about restaurants that are really new, write about what's interesting about them, who goes there, and what they look like," says Sherman. "There might be...a few irreverent things now and then, but it's not going to be critical." Launched four years ago in Houston by former Ultra magazine editor Holly Moore, Papercity will also include articles exploring national dining trends by Esquire magazine restaurant critic John Mariani.

Hash seasonings
Granada Entertainment, parent company of the Granada Movie Grill on Greenville Avenue, announced a $2 million remake of the Prestonwood UA5 Theater into a five-screen, first-run art deco movie palace. Opening in October, the Granada Prestonwood will include a dinner grill and an 80-seat lobby bar...Former Fog City Diner managing partner Jay Schimmel skipped town and landed in Jackson, Mississippi, his hometown, where he will launch a restaurant featuring regional American cuisine.

List watch
Greenwich, Connecticut-based Fortune Brands, whose divisions include Jim Beam distilled spirits, snagged Geyser Peak Winery in Sonoma County, California, last week for the purchase price of $65 million and another $35 million in change to retire debt. The deal includes the 500,000-case winery producing the Geyser Peak, Canyon Road, FoxRidge, and Venezia wine labels, plus adjacent vineyards... Chilled, dry roses are among the best wines for summer quaffing. Bodegas Montecillo Rosado, a rose from Spain's Rioja Alta region, is a brilliantly refreshing drink with bright cherry and raspberry aromas and flavors threaded with crisp, defined textures and a firm grip to give it soul. Find this quaffer on the list at Cafe Madrid.

--Mark Stuertz

Dish it out to Mark Stuertz at markstz@juno.com.

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