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What Do Dallasites Want to Do Before They Die? We'll Soon Find Out.

Despite our initial concerns, "gluten intolerance" -- and banning the offending protein composite from your menus -- is not, in fact, a violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As such, Company Cafe has firmly established itself with two locations, catering to the seemingly niche market and revolutionizing our conception of "being healthy" vs. "tasting good."

Company Cafe opened for business on Greenville Avenue in April 2011, and by December it had already carved out an expansive second location on Routh Street, next door to the Katy Trail Ice House. Yesterday, the comfort food eatery announced that its Katy Trail patio will soon add an additional use to its cultural resume, when it hosts the international public art project "Before I Die" in September.

Per Company Cafe's Facebook page, the organization contacted the restaurant about bringing the "Before I Die" project to Dallas, and the Cafe was thrilled to oblige. Dallas is set to become the 40th city in the world to install a "Before I Die" wall (Texas Women's University in Denton boasted one in February 2011), on which guests are encouraged "to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space."

Inspired by graffiti scrawled on an abandoned house in New Orleans, the "Before I Die" project is "about remembering what is important to you and creating public spaces that better reflect what matters to us as a community and as individuals."

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Brentney Hamilton