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Food News: Tillman's Changes Hands, Chefs for Farmers Announces Line-Up and a Steakhouse Closes

In this week's DFW food news round-up, a Bishop Arts mainstay changes hands, a North Dallas steakhouse heads south and a Design District bistro takes a month off:
  • After 23 years and "70,000 Signature VIP Cocktails, 73,000 Bone-In Ribeyes, 130,000 Crab Cakes and close to half a million 8 oz. Filets," a North Texas steakhouse is closing, according to a press release. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House holds its last dinner service Aug. 19 before relocating to Uptown. The new location is slated to open in September.

  • Tillman's Roadhouse in Bishop Arts has a new owner, and the rustic Oak Cliff spot is about to undergo an overhaul, according to a press release:

    Celebrity chef and CEO of The Spice of Life Catering and Innovative Hospitality Group Jeffrey Kollinger, and his brother Ross Kollinger, president & COO of both companies, purchased Tillman’s from Dallas-based event planner Todd Fiscus and Sara Tillman, original co-owner and wife of the late Ricky Tillman.

    “We are excited about this next chapter for Tillman’s Roadhouse,” said Jeffrey Kollinger. “This renovation will preserve the iconic footprint that Sara, Ricky and Todd created in Bishop Arts, and allow us to expand into new concepts and inventive state-of- the-art cuisine.”
    Chef Michael Morabito, formerly of The Mansion on Turtle Creek, is taking over as chef, according to the release. New menu items are already popping up on the menu. "Throughout the transition, patrons can expect to see changes in the menu selections, new weekday specials and the look and feel of Tillman’s," according to the release. "Menu additions are already in place for the weekend brunch crowd. A complete relaunch and grand re-opening is tentatively scheduled for mid-fall."

  • There's a new sous chef at Stephan Pyles' Stampede 66: Kevin Watson, who's coming back to Dallas from a stint as culinary supervisor at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida, according to a release. Before his stint in Florida, he worked at Dallas restaurants like Abacus, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck and Neighborhood Services, according to the release.

  • Bridge Bistro on Riverfront is doing what we all wish we could — the restaurant is shutting down for the month of August, reopening in September with "a fresh interior, and 'a few surprises,'" D reports

  • Chefs for Farmers, one of Dallas' best food fests, has announced this year's line-up, which will feature "40+ Chefs, 35+ farmers and artisans, 50+ wineries, breweries and distilleries," according to a release:
  • Friday, September 23: Celebrity Cruises “Crème de la Femme Dinner” presented by Whole Foods – James Beard Award Winner/Author of Lighten Up Y’all, Chef Virginia Willis with James Beard Award Winning Chef Celina Tio and 4 other female chefs (including 3 from Dallas) will collaborate with several farmers for a memorable 6-course dinner. Proceeds from this evening’s dinner benefit The Family Place. Location: Arlington Hall at Lee Park. 200 guests. $200 per person, 7pm – 10pm.

    Saturday, September 24: Street Food Night Market in the Dallas Design District, Tickets available for up to 800 guests at an outdoor street food extravaganza. 15 participating chefs include Omar Flores, 2015 Food & Wine Best New Chef (Whistle Britches), Angela Hernandez (Top Knot), Michael Gulotta, 2016 Food & Wine Best New Chef, 2016 James Beard Award Winner (MoPho in New Orleans), Justin Brunson, (Old Major, Denver, CO), Chris Morningstar (Terrine, Los Angeles) and many more. $75 per person, 7pm – 10pm.

    Sunday, September 25: The Main Event, Lee Park with 40+ Chefs, 35+ farmers and artisans, 50+ wineries, breweries and distilleries. Participants include local chefs such as Matt McCallister (FT 33), Justin Fourton (Pecan Lodge), Graham Dodds (Wayward Sons), Matt Dallman and Scott Gottlich (18th & Vine BBQ), Jeramie Issac Robison (Uchi Dallas), John Tesar (Knife) and more. National chefs include Stephen Stryjewski (Couchon, New Orleans), Kevin Johnson (The Grocery, Charleston, N.C.), Steve McHugh (CURED AT PEARL in San Antonio), Jeremiah Langhorne, Food & Wine 2016 Best Restaurant of the Year (The Dabney, Washington DC) and more. $100 per person, 2pm – 6pm. 
    Early-bird tickets for the festival are on sale now.

  • Rockfish Seafood Grill in Mockingbird Station has closed, Guide Live reports. "A representative at CBRE Global Investors, which purchased the property in 2015, confirmed the restaurant's closing; however, no one was available to comment on what might replace it," Tiney Ricciardi writes.

  • In other news learned from posted signs, Fireside Pies is opening up shop downtown, D reports, at 1700 Commerce. 

  • Have you ever found yourself so enamored of burritos that you wanted to become one? A Dallas native can help you make that happen, kinda, with the Tortilla Towel, one of Mary Dauterman's many viral projects. Observer writer Paige Skinner shared a fascinating profile of Dauterman, who also wrote a children's book about "how boring and absurd it is to be an adult."

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Beth Rankin is an Ohio native and Cicerone-certified beer server who specializes in social media, food and drink, travel and news reporting. Her belief system revolves around the significance of Topo Chico, the refusal to eat crawfish out of season and the importance of local and regional foodways.
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