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Nuevo Leon hits Oak Lawn
Slipping into the Oak Lawn space that was most recently an offshoot of the Oak Cliff Italian restaurant Vitto, Nuevo Leon owners Luis Ramirez and David Trevino will open their third location in mid-October, joining the "Mex-Mex" restaurant's outlets on Lower Greenville Avenue and in Farmers Branch. The Oak Lawn version will have the same menu and feature live music like the other locations, but will have a different interior. According to Vitto management, the restaurant closed some four weeks ago after being open for just a few months because of steep rent. Look for another Vitto to pop up in either DeSoto or Euless in the coming months.

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Former NorthSouth operations director Alan Gaylin has taken over as general manager and maitre d' of Fish restaurant...New American restaurant Tillman's Corner in Oak Cliff will celebrate its sixth anniversary Friday night with a party featuring free cake and champagne...Forbes magazine recently announced its top 20 U.S. city hotels. The Mansion on Turtle Creek was the only Dallas spot to make the grade...The Fairmont recently announced a $25 million guest room remodeling that will include the Pyramid restaurant and expansion of the Pyramid bar...Texas Motor Speedway recently celebrated the topping-out of its 4,800-seat Speedway Club, a $30-million, nine-story venue on Turn 1 featuring 26,000 square feet of upscale dining, banquet and meeting space, and a health club. Set to open March 1999, the private club's three-tier restaurant will also include a casual dining area.

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If lumbering, over-oaked chardonnays are exhausting your palate, Morro Bay Vineyards 1996 Chardonnay may perk those deadened buds. This medium-bodied wine is light and clean with forward floral and pear aromas and a crisp, pleasant finish. It's poured by the glass at Angeluna in Fort Worth...Few of the world's wines are as compelling as Krug Grand Cuvee, an extraordinary champagne created from a blend of 40-50 wines from 6-10 different vintages. This silken sparkler continuously unfolds in the glass, revealing complex, creamy layers of fresh fruit and nutty toast. Find it on lists at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, Fish, Toscana, the Riviera, Tarantino's, and poured by the glass at Mi Piacci...Gov. George W. Bush again inked an official memorandum marking October Wine Month in Texas. Set aside to recognize the Texas wine industry, the celebration means you might find special prices on Texas wine at a retailer here and there. What else is a governor for?

--Mark Stuertz

E-mail Dish at markstz@juno.com.


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