Dallas Restauarants – Horseshoe Lounge Austin http://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/ Mon, 23 May 2022 14:01:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/horseshoe-lounge-austin-icon-150x150.png Dallas Restauarants – Horseshoe Lounge Austin http://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/ 32 32 Celebrate National Breast Day with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/celebrate-national-breast-day-with-dickeys-barbecue-pit/ Mon, 23 May 2022 14:01:45 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/celebrate-national-breast-day-with-dickeys-barbecue-pit/

Dallas, May 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Did you know beef brisket is one of the most versatile cuts of meat? It is not surprising that it has its own national holiday. There’s no better way to celebrate than with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, where our experienced pitmasters serve legit. Texas. BBQ.™

In honor of National Chest Day on May 28, Dickey’s book two amazing offers just in time for fans to feast on a unique, slow-smoked beef brisket:

  • ‘ONLINE EXCLUSIVE’ Beef brisket sandwich, side of your choice and Big Yellow Cup for $8.99 – Redeem online and in-app only (no coupon code required), available May 23-29. This offer is available in the online menu and in the app under “Offers”.
  • Buy a brisket sandwich, get one free – Big Yellow Cup Rewards members will receive a unique code via email to redeem online and in-app only. Code valid from May 28 to 31.

“It’s such a busy time of year for celebrations and family gatherings, and there’s no better way to spend some quality time with loved ones than with Texas-style meats from Dicky. If you don’t have 12-14 hours to smoke the perfect brisket, Dickey’s has you covered and smokes every brisket in a real hickory wood pit every day,” said Laura Rea Dickey, CEO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. “We invite everyone to join us in celebrating one of the most delicious parties of the year and take advantage of these amazing offers to ensure you get your brisket fix, no matter how. you like it !

Do you have an upcoming event that you need to prepare for? Whether you’re planning a Memorial Day gathering, Father’s Day, birthday party, graduation party or even a wedding, at Dickey’s we do it all! No matter the event, no matter how small, let us take the stress out of feeding your guests so you too can enjoy the event. Let Dickey help deliver Legit. Texas. Barbecue. with catering options and party packs that will satisfy your guests and their cravings. No matter how you support it, Dickey’s has you covered. To order online, go to www.Dickeys.com or call your local Dickey’s.

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About Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the world’s largest barbecue concept, was founded in 1941 by the Dickey family. Over the past 80 years, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has served millions of guests in 44 legitimate states. Texas. Barbecue.™ At Dickey’s, all of our grilled meats are smoked on-site in a hickory wood pit. Dickey’s proudly believes there is no shortcut to real BBQ and that’s why our name isn’t BBQ. The Dallas-based family barbecue franchise offers eight slow-smoked meats and 12 healthy sides with “No BS (Bad Stuff)” included. Dickey’s Barbecue has 550 locations in the United States and eight other countries.

Dickey’s was named to Newsweek’s List of America’s Favorite Restaurant Chains in 2022 and USA today Readers’ Choice Awards 2021. Dickey’s won first place on Fast casual “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” list, named to Top 500 Franchise by Entrepreneur and appointed to hospitality technology List of industry heroes. Led by CEO Laura Rea Dickey, who was named one of the nation’s 50 Most Powerful Women in the Restaurant Industry in Nation Restaurant News, has been recognized by Fast casual Top 100 Movers and Shakers List and Honored by Dallas Business Journal. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit was also recognized by Fox News, Forbes Magazine, Franchise Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine and QSR Magazine. Dickey’s Barbecue is part of Dickey’s Restaurant Brands which has more than 700 restaurants nationwide, including the Wing Boss, Trailer Birds, Big Deal Burger and bbqathome.com brands. DRB is led by CEO Roland Dickey Jr. For more information, visit www.dickeys.com.

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		Gun violence leaves Deep Ellum suspicious
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After a series of gun violence and a public rebuke from rapper T-Pain about crime in the neighborhood, Deep Ellum’s business owners grow suspicious.

Police and business owners are stepping up security ahead of the summer peak season for bars, clubs and restaurants that line Dallas‘ main nightlife thoroughfare, and have drawn up a comprehensive security plan. Owners are worried about their safety and fear of violence could temper crowds.

At the same time, some bar and restaurant veterans say it’s all part of the Deep Ellum mystique. Business owners who have experienced past crime waves say Deep Ellum is no more dangerous than other Dallas entertainment districts, and the crime data backs that up.

“I guarantee you that when a group wants to go to Deep Ellum, someone in that group says, ‘Do we have to go?’ But I think that’s been happening for 20 years,” said Todd Garton, director of the operation of the Deep Ellum Cane Rosso pizzeria.

Recent violent incidents include a shooting that left two dead and three injured last weekend, and another in April that left two injured. The two happened between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on a Sunday, when clubs were letting customers out and the streets were packed.

So when rapper T-Pain noticed a lull in ticket sales for his Deep Ellum concert, he moved it to Grand Prairie, concluding that fans were avoiding the area for safety reasons.

Police presence

Neighborhood leaders have asked police for help, and police agree the area needs more attention. In September, after a shooting in the area killed a teenager and injured five others, Police Chief Eddie García vowed to “take back Deep Ellum” and said “we are not going to tolerate it”. He said he would add a police presence until police and Deep Ellum leaders can come up with a “more holistic plan.”

The Deep Ellum Foundation released a comprehensive report community safety plan earlier this month calling on police to step up security earlier in the year ahead of summer crowds, create a dedicated entertainment district police force that can provide specialist crowd and traffic control , and to work with other city departments on parking violations and homeless assistance. The plan also calls for Deep Ellum leaders to establish a Central Neighborhood Command to coordinate police, security guards, social workers and law enforcement, among other improvements. The foundation and the police have pledged to strengthen these measures in 2022.

“Like any entertainment district in the country, we must have constant vigilance in the community. This is important not only for customers, but also for employees,” said general manager Stephanie Hudiburg.

In addition to blocking traffic for pedestrian safety, Dallas Police Executive Assistant Chief Albert Martinez said the department has added at least 10 officers to patrol Deep Ellum as summer approaches. The goal, he said, is to have high visibility of officers to make sure people feel safe and deter criminal behavior.

He said the department has also increased its engagement with area businesses and organizations like the Deep Ellum Foundation, which he said recently increased the number of surveillance cameras in place.

“I think it’s important for people to know how invested and committed everyone is in promoting safety at Deep Ellum and making sure it’s safe,” Martinez said.

Police will reassess the plan in the fall. “Everything is subject to change as we are constantly evaluating,” Martinez said. “If things don’t go the way we want, yes, we could increase the number of agents. … A plan is a plan, but we make decisions or assess whether the plan is working. And that’s the goal: are we effective with the plan? »

Neighborhood cycles

Uncle Uber’s Sammich shop, which has been on Commerce Street in Deep Ellum for 12 years, has tightened security after the recent murders. They used to put their ‘biggest’ employee on the front door on weekend nights when they had a DJ, operations manager Dunagin Gaines said, but now they’ve hired a security for high traffic nights.

Gaines said he and other Deep Ellum restaurant operators have talked about moving their businesses elsewhere, but he believes this is a passing phase in the life cycle of entertainment districts. He thinks more police foot patrols will help.

“I’ve been around long enough to see this happen in all areas of entertainment. Every neighborhood goes in and out of it and it gets people out for a while,” Gaines said.

Gun violence in a crowded entertainment district surely heightens the public’s sense of danger. But according to the Dallas Police Department’s Open Data Portal, Deep Ellum is no more criminal or violent than other nightlife neighborhoods in Dallas.

So far this year, the 75226 ZIP code, which includes all of Deep Ellum but also extends east to Fair Park and a few blocks south of Interstate 30, has seen 574 crimes in total, 46 of which were violent crimes, including aggravated assault and homicide.

By comparison, ZIP code 75206, which includes Lower Greenville, with 1,037 total crimes, including 48 violent ones. 75201, which includes the southern half of Uptown and also stretches through the Downtown and Main Street neighborhoods, recorded 54 violent crimes, and 75204, which includes the northern half of Uptown and Old East Dallas, recorded 117 violent crimes.

Vehicle theft is by far the most common crime recorded in Deep Ellum. The region has recorded 25 serious assaults this year, including gunshots and stabbings.

For many people, Deep Ellum just doesn’t feel safe these days.

“On a personal level, as someone who has haunted Deep Ellum since the 80s and who has seen crime rise and fall, I am deeply disturbed,” said Doug Davis, owner of Murray Street Coffee Shop with his wife, Elizabeth , since 2005. .

The crime did not affect his daytime coffee business, which primarily serves neighborhood residents, but he said this crime wave was different.

“I feel like there’s a lot more gun violence going on than there has been in the past,” he said. “Too many people seem to have guns and too many people seem ready to use them.”

Deep Ellum Blues

Deep Ellum has a long reputation for entertainment with a whiff of danger. The neighborhood was home to musical legends such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson and Lead Belly. And that spawned the 1920s blues anthem, “Deep Ellum Blues,” which warns revelers to hide their money and beware of any women they meet at Deep Ellum. Versions of the song were later recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis and the Grateful Dead.

“Deep Ellum has a folklore going back to the Depression era, it’s like a dangerous part of town. It’s not new. It’s part of who it is,” said Jeffrey Liles, artistic director of the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff Liles booked shows at Deep Ellum clubs from 1985 to 1993.

Many current business owners remember a more recent crime wave that led the city council in 2007 to require every bar to obtain a new municipal license to continue operating.

Liles calls the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009 “the low point” for Deep Ellum, when “all the clubs closed”. Part of the reason Deep Ellum has returned, he argues, is because of Uber and other ride-hailing services — which he attributes to the dramatic reduction in DUI offenses.

Soon after, Deep Ellum experienced a renaissance, with a wave of new restaurants and bars.

The new Deep Ellum

“Deep Ellum is one of those neighborhoods in Dallas that has gone through so many different waves over the past 20 years: people thought it was unsafe, then safe, then unsafe, then safe. more highs and lows than any other neighborhood in Dallas,” Garton said with Cane Rosso, one of the first participants in the new Deep Ellum.

Cane Rosso business leaders say the restaurant has not seen a drop in crime-related sales. And crime fears haven’t deterred developers from continuing to invest in the neighborhood. A new office building on Commerce called The Stack has seen strong rental, and other office towers are in various stages of completion, although the area was hit when Uber halted plans for a hub of 3,000 employees at Deep Ellum.

“Thousands upon thousands of people visit, work and safely reside in Deep Ellum – one of our city’s most vibrant and unique neighborhoods – every day and night,” said Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson. , in a press release. But success requires addressing public safety concerns, he said, which the police are doing.

When T-Pain tweeted his concerns about his performance in Deep Ellum, Johnson responded in defense of Dallas. Johnson, a fan of the rapper, assured him that Dallas was safe.

Some people wonder if T-Pain’s beef with Dallas was all about safety.

Frank Campagna’s art gallery is a block from The Factory, the place T-Pain left to stage his show in Grand Prairie. Campagna opened the Kettle Art Gallery in 2005, and he could easily be called Deep Ellum’s winning artist, having painted hundreds of murals on buildings since 1989.

“I think the neighborhood has always had a bad reputation,” Campagna said, but it’s not as dangerous as a lot of people seem to think. “It’s pretty hilarious. Come on, it deserved a bad reputation for 100 years.

Campagna is skeptical of T-Pain’s motives for pulling his show from Deep Ellum, calling it “a publicity move” designed to land a bigger venue where he could sell more tickets. The Factory adapts 4,300. Texas Trust CU Theater holds 6,350.

“If anything, he upgraded for more space,” Campagna said.

Editors Kelli Smith, Michael Granberry, Sarah Blaskovich, Dan Singer and Tommy Cummings contributed to this report.

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Fort Worth’s oldest restaurant, Paris Coffee Shop, has reopened https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/fort-worths-oldest-restaurant-paris-coffee-shop-has-reopened/ Thu, 19 May 2022 19:44:44 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/fort-worths-oldest-restaurant-paris-coffee-shop-has-reopened/

The biggest challenge of reinventing an old restaurant, says Fort Worth chef and restaurateur Lou Lambert, is to “embrace the heritage.”

They did it at Paris Coffee Shop, the 95-year-old restaurant in Fort Worth that reopened Thursday, May 19, 2022, after eight months of renovations.

Paris Coffee Shop has tanning booths along the windows and walls.(Lola Gomez / Staff Photographer)

“We’ve been listening to customers who have been here for generations, while striving to make it relevant for a new generation,” says Lambert.

Let’s look at history: Paris Coffee Shop opened in 1926 and was started by a man named Vic Paris. He quickly sold it to a Greek named Grigonos Asikis (who changed the family’s surname to Smith), and the Smiths ran it for almost 100 years. Meanwhile, the restaurant was moved in the 1970s to its current location on W. Magnolia Avenue, taking the place of a Safeway grocery store.

Lambert and his business partners Chris Reale and Mark Harris picked up the aging restaurant in early 2021.

This same trio also bought and reinvented Roy Pope Grocery, the seventh oldest restaurant and market in Fort Worth, dating back to 1943.

Paris Coffee Shop likely would have been demolished and become the site of an apartment complex if they hadn’t bought it, Lambert speculates. Today, Magnolia Avenue is a busy and sought-after street in Fort Worth.

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The new Paris Coffee Shop has been gutted and completely remodeled, with new walls, floors, kitchen, bathrooms and menus. It remains a casual restaurant with high ceilings and those classic swivel chairs at the bar.

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Paris Coffee Shop now sells artisan coffee made from beans from Frame Coffee Co. in Dallas. The restaurant is almost 100 years old.(Lola Gomez / Staff Photographer)

So that they could get a feel for how the restaurant worked, Reale worked the restaurant line for two months before it closed for renovations. They learned that it was no longer a kitchen from scratch.

“Me and Lou, coming from a culinary background, we really wanted to get back to scratch cooking,” Reale says.

Lambert explains it this way: “We want to give simple foods more respect.

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Paris Coffee Shop remains a no-fuss place in Fort Worth. Waffles with coffee will likely be a popular breakfast order.(Lola Gomez / Staff Photographer)

Paris Coffee Shop is known as a breakfast place – a place that sells omelettes, pancakes and the like. Still, the #1 sellers are pies. No. 2 is probably chicken and dumplings, the new owners say. Lambert is proud of the reinvented corned beef hash.

As they updated the menu, they added lattes and cortados, energy cereal bowls, and granola parfaits. Blue plate specials stay at home: fried chicken on Mondays; meatloaf on Tuesday; braised on Wednesday; chicken and dumplings on Thursday and catfish on Friday.

At the moment the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch. Lambert and Reale will soon be adding dinner – another change for this nearly century-old restaurant.

“For me, it’s always been that greasy spoon dinner,” says Reale, who grew up in Fort Worth and remembers visiting the Paris Coffee Shop as a kid. “You walk in and you feel at home. There is the clinking of the dishes, the conversations. The cool thing about Paris is that you will be sitting next to a team of landscapers and next to them will be the judge or a group of guys in suits.

“I love it and I’m convinced we’re the right people to do the job,” he says.

Paris Coffee Shop is at 704 W Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. It reopened on May 19, 2022. Breakfast and lunch only, for now; dinner and brunch come later.

Do you like stories about historic restaurants? We do. Check out this page.

For more food news, follow Sarah Blaskovich on Twitter at @sblaskovich.

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Curry Up Now makes its Dallas debut https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/curry-up-now-makes-its-dallas-debut/ Tue, 17 May 2022 19:20:32 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/curry-up-now-makes-its-dallas-debut/

Curry Up Now, a California-based franchise, will debut in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex this summer, bringing its award-winning Indian fast food restaurant chain to The Colony’s Grandscape. The restaurant will feature a large dining room, a dog-friendly outdoor patio, and a globally-inspired craft cocktail bar, Mortar and Pestle, serving specialty cocktails, wines, and local microbrews.

“We are incredibly excited to bring Curry Up Now to the DFW region,” says Grandscape franchisee Veer Modi. “Our location is across from The Stage at Grandscape making it the perfect place to dine and have drinks before or after the events. Our menu is not your typical Indian dish, we capture a unique blend of traditional Indian and street foods that provide a fun and memorable dining experience. We’re sure to be your new favorite happy hour or date night choice.

Curry Up Now first emerged in 2009 as a food truck founded by husband and wife duo Akash and Rana Kapoor. Customers can expect authentic Indian flavors with a twist. Signature dishes include burritos, bowls, tacos, poutine (called sexy fries), and naughty naan. Additional menu items include a wide variety of Indian street food snacks and traditional dishes like thali platters and kathi rolls. Their menu is designed to support vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and halal diets with the aim of accommodating all guests regardless of their dietary preferences.

“We are very excited to present an elevated dining experience with our imaginative, playful and innovative menu,” said Akash Kapoor, Founder and CEO of Curry Up Now. “We have found great partners in Veer and Christie and know they have the drive and vision to expand Curry Up Now across Texas.”

Curry Up Now is located at 5752 Grandscape Boulevard, Suite 310, The Colony, TX 75056, and will open in early summer 2022. The restaurant will offer dine-in, happy hour, delivery, take-out and catering services.

The news and information presented in this press release have not been corroborated by RSQFood News Media or Journalistic, Inc.

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Mansfield restaurant distributes baby formula to those in need https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/mansfield-restaurant-distributes-baby-formula-to-those-in-need/ Mon, 16 May 2022 01:22:54 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/mansfield-restaurant-distributes-baby-formula-to-those-in-need/

As families across the country struggle to find formula on their shelves, a North Texas restaurant has started handing out formula to those who can’t find it.

Many Metroplex moms are logging on via social media, all in the same boat looking for baby formula.

“I literally went on a scavenger hunt,” her mother Sha’Mikka Tenner said.

Tenner is terrified.

On Sunday, she was down to her last box of formula for her 2-month-old daughter, Journey.

“We were everywhere. I live in Keller. So we were in Dallas, Plano. We literally looked everywhere and it was depressing,” she said.

Tenner took to her Facebook page to ask for help from her family in Little Rock and Memphis.

Millions of parents face empty shelves as the country grapples with an infant formula shortage.

More than 40% of the formula is out of stock.

The shortage has worsened due to a tight supply chain and the recall of infant formula by Abbott Nutrition.

RELATED: Shortage of infant formula: stores limit sales as major brands sell out nationwide

The Biden administration promises to work with manufacturers to import the formula, and Congress hopes to provide relief by passing possible legislation this week.

As experts warn the shortage could continue for months, communities are stepping up in the meantime.

In Mansfield on Sunday, new mothers were able to pick up free formula at Our Place restaurant near Debbie Lane.

“I don’t want mothers to be stressed, so I want to do what I can,” said Benji Arslanovski, owner of Our Place. “I decided to look online and see what stock they had.”

Arslanovski previously worked at US Foods in Dallas.

Now he uses the food dispenser for his restaurant.

He went online and bought six cases of formula to give away.

A quick social media post, and it’s been shared over 2,000 times.

On Sunday, all cases disappeared within hours.

So Arslanovski has ordered 20 more and expects them early Monday morning.

“We thought, if we could help our community a little bit,” he said. “People helped us during COVID, so we want to pay that back.”

RELATED: Call from a pediatrician to parents: do NOT prepare your own formula

Tenner’s plan for Monday morning is to call her pediatrician, praying there are samples that will guide her until her family’s shipments arrive.

“It’s stressful for us trying to figure out where his next meal is coming from,” she said.

Our Place opens at 6 a.m. on Mondays. They expect the shipment to arrive at 7 a.m., and it will go out first come, first served.

]]> Ways to save on everyday items – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/ways-to-save-on-everyday-items-nbc-5-dallas-fort-worth/ Sat, 14 May 2022 02:31:58 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/ways-to-save-on-everyday-items-nbc-5-dallas-fort-worth/

None of us are immune to the rising prices of everything from gas to groceries. That’s why we wanted to give tips on how to save and budget during this inflation.

“Well, consumers are definitely feeling higher prices across the board, but especially on everyday items,” said Kimberly Palmer, a personal finance expert with NerdWallet.

She talked about what we can do to save on a daily basis.

“The first thing is to look at your budget and see if there are any places you can cut. If you can cut some of those entertainment costs, going out for dining out, those kinds of variable expenses , are the first place to look when you’re trying to cut down,” Palmer said.

She also says store and restaurant loyalty programs are a great way to cut costs.

Using apps has replaced using coupons, as Palmer puts it.

“For example, Flip app, it’s a grocery savings app. It pulls in all the flyers for grocery stores in your area. So all you have to do is enter your zip code and it actually tells you where the deals are, and it might even change what you buy, what grocery store you go to.”

For those who shop primarily online, there are programs that help you save through your online browser.

“I also really like the Honey browser extension, and it just works in the background while you’re shopping online. It lets you know if there are lower prices elsewhere. It automatically applies discount codes, which is also extremely useful.”

These apps and browser extensions typically collect your personal information and you may receive a number of SMS and/or email announcements each month.

“If you’re comfortable with it, the perks can be really helpful because it helps you save money,” Palmer explained.

For big ticket items, you can monitor prices online or by checking store flyers. It may be worth waiting for the holiday sales.

“You want to try to time this around sales time. So if you have the flexibility for summer sales in July or even Black Friday in November,” Palmer says of expecting.

We always feel like splurging on getting that latte or visiting the restaurant with great social media photo ops. But when it comes to splurging, Palmer says, “Right now, splurging is splurging in moderation.”

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My Body, My Choice Cake at Hive Bakery Insites Ire in Flower Mound https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/my-body-my-choice-cake-at-hive-bakery-insites-ire-in-flower-mound/ Wed, 11 May 2022 18:19:00 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/my-body-my-choice-cake-at-hive-bakery-insites-ire-in-flower-mound/

It all started with a sticker. About four years ago, baker Haley Popp stuck a sticker on the front of her shop stating that she and her team are affirming LGBTQ rights.

Or, as Popp puts it, “We’ll bake cakes to fuck anyone.”

Many residents of Flower Mound, a suburb of about 80,000 northwest of Dallas where Popp’s Hive Bakery is based, weren’t happy. According to the baker, it was around this time that her neighbors (many of whom used a Facebook group called “Flower Mound Cares”) started calling her, among other things, “damn trash”, “damn bitch or “fucking bitch”. Damn.” The harassment wasn’t limited to the internet either.

Popp, whose bright red hair is instantly recognizable, appeared on Food Network‘s Halloween Wars and become, as its staff puts it, “Flower Mound famous”. That’s not always a good thing.

“I had someone call me a bitch to my face at Target,” she says. “Some members of this town have contempt for me and the things I stand for.”

In other words, the sticker incident sparked a trend: Popp talks about equality, rights and movements like Black Lives Matter, and hordes of conservative trolls emerge with profane messages, abusive phone calls and emails pledging to end his career. The trend has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When COVID hit and we were enforcing masks in the store, people would come in here and yell stuff like, ‘It’s my fucking right; I don’t have to wear that shit in your store,” Popp says.

Then, in early May, the harassment took on another hue.

Following a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that signals the court will strike down abortion rights, Popp took to Hive Bakery’s social media accounts to post a photo of a cake with the words “My body, my choice” engraved in the icing. The backlash was swift, with many commentators calling Popp a “murderer” and one person writing, in part, that they “will make it a point to take on as many customers as possible”.
“Fuck you for supporting the killing of innocent babies who can’t fight back,” the commenter continued. “I hope you feel really important, bitch.”

Popp is used to this kind of response, but on the phone with the Observer about a week after the leak, she admitted that the harassment was particularly vile this time.

“I think what put it over the top this time is obviously abortion is a hot topic, and we live in a very Trumper electoral area, so they were emboldened to spew hate,” she says.

Eventually, Popp started capturing screenshots of the comments and posting them to social media — name and all. This led to a series of emails in which the harassers went through a combination of fury, legal threats and ultimately apologies and pleas for the message to be deleted.

Fortunately, the response was not entirely negative.

When Popp began to openly share her opinions, she held out hope that she would not be the only liberal voice.

“Whenever something important happens in the world, I want to talk about it, especially to people in my town,” she says. “I remember thinking, ‘There must be more people like me here. I can’t be the only one.

She was right.

Last week, Hive devotees gathered around the bakery with words of encouragement and blockbuster sales. In fact, on the Saturday morning after the Supreme Court leak, the line of patrons lengthened out the door and into the parking lot. That afternoon, all the shelves were completely empty: the bakery was sold out hours before closing time.

On Tuesday, May 10, a full week after the leak, Popp said the store was still selling out every day. “I think we could have a cupcake and a brownie, and that’s it,” she said.

Popp savors this love which, thankfully, always shows up when the trolls arrive.

“We’ve always had customers who have supported us,” she says. “If you drop a dirty phrase online, there’s a swarm of people ready to support us. [The support] really proves to me that this city is not entirely conservative. There is a very large pocket of Liberals here in the Flower Mound area.

Hive Bakery occupies part of the suburb’s quaint Parker Square. Nestled between an executive store and a brunch spot, it’s probably not where you’d expect to find a haven of baked goods and “progressive” views like a belief in bodily autonomy. Popp is quick to point out that she is neither a Democrat nor a Republican; in his words, “Hive and I stand for all things that are equal in life.”

Even still, she can’t wait to show her bakery to a Democrat: Governor hopeful Beto O’Rourke.

“I have to do what’s best for my family and friends,” she says, and for her, that means campaigning for O’Rourke. By bringing the candidate to town, she hopes to further encourage local liberals and all disengaged parties to vote for candidates who support reproductive rights and equality in general.

“In the suburbs, I think there are a lot of people who don’t get actively involved in politics because they don’t think it affects them,” she said. “But they are wrong. Things like overthrowing Roe v. Wade will resonate for generations.

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The Mexican wants to “bring the best of Mexico to Dallas” – Texas Monthly https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/the-mexican-wants-to-bring-the-best-of-mexico-to-dallas-texas-monthly/ Mon, 09 May 2022 19:15:08 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/the-mexican-wants-to-bring-the-best-of-mexico-to-dallas-texas-monthly/

Often when I visit a big, stylish new restaurant, I wonder about the cost as much as the cuisine. It was certainly the case when I arrived at the Mexican, which is located a few miles northwest of downtown Dallas in a fabulous building the size of three basketball courts. When my friends joined me, the hostess ushered us to a table in the main dining room, pointing out as we walked such features as the three private dining rooms (the largest seating fifty people), decorated commissioned works of art. She gestured towards the airy well
cigar lounge, then mentioned that if we had an interest in agave spirits, the tequila sommelier might be alerted (the restaurant’s four hundred selections range from barrel-aged amber añejos to charcoal-filtered clear crystallines ). Waiters in light gray vests bustled about, and patrons waved and blew kisses across the room as Latin music from the lounge blared (as music unfortunately does these days in too many hip restaurants). With its bright table lamps and jewel-colored velvet-covered chairs, the space, which seats 320 people, looked less like a restaurant than a gracious home, on a monumental scale.

The cost of construction could be “nearly ten million dollars,” my architect friend said over the phone, as he clicked through photos on the Mexican’s website. He’s been designing restaurants for over twenty years and I had called to get his appraisal of the 15,000 square foot place. Together we looked at photos of the intricate walnut ceiling treatments and sleek black and white tile floors. “With today’s prices,” he said, “a good restaurant will cost five hundred dollars a square foot, and that’s just the construction” – we were already at $7.5 million. – “not to mention the ancillary costs such as architecture, license fees, permits, consultants, engineers. He continues: “And then there is the art, the tableware.” The Mexican is undoubtedly one of the most sumptuous restaurants in Texas.

A hibiscus infused margarita. Photograph by Brittany Conerly
The Mexican bar.
The Mexican bar. Photograph by Brittany Conerly

“Our goal is to bring the best of Mexico to Dallas,” Roberto González Alcalá, a Monterrey-born and raised entrepreneur and chief investor deeply involved in the restaurant, said when I spoke to him after my visit. He’s not a newcomer to town. “I’ve been traveling to Dallas for many years,” he said. It turns out that her late father was longtime president of corporate giant Gruma, one of the largest tortilla producers in the world. A branch of a Gruma subsidiary, Mission, is based in Irving. (González Alcalá himself was CEO of Gruma Mexico at one time, but is no longer involved in running the company.) These repeated visits introduced him to the culinary scene and something that bothered him. “Dallas has some really good Mexican restaurants but not a lot on the high end,” he observed, an opinion I share.

Long story short, he now leads a group of investors and restaurateurs determined to fill that gap. They also feed another motive. According to González Alcalá, “When people read and hear bad things about Mexico in the news again and again, they forget the many good things about our country.” He and his associates want the Mexican to be nothing less than an ambassador for the richness and sophistication of Mexican culture.

As we settled in, my friends and I assessed the menu, which struck me as exactly the kind you’d find at an upscale steak and seafood house frequented by wealthy Mexican executives. The restaurant’s head chef, Rodrigo Lomeli, has made a name for himself at such a place, La Nacional, in Monterrey. (He now lives in Dallas and is busy learning English.) Its executive chef is Oklahoman Christopher Tunnel, a former Omni Los Angeles Hotel and North Italia restaurant chain.

Chefs Rodrigo Lomeli (left) and Christopher Tunnel.
Chefs Rodrigo Lomeli (left) and Christopher Tunnel.Photograph by Brittany Conerly

After some debate, we opted for the chicharrón de ribeye starter: a lean Wagyu steak cubed, lightly breaded (if a bit tough) and seasoned with Monterrey’s popular spicy and tangy PiquinLimon sauce. (In Mexico, “chicharrón” can mean fried pork rinds or, simply, something fried and crispy.) We folded the steak pieces into warm, soft homemade corn tortillas and added a dollop of guacamole creamy, which gave a decidedly elegant result. Tacos. (In the taco section of the menu, offerings start at three for $17, one of the restaurant’s relatively affordable options.)

Hamachi sashimi came next, the layered slices of pristine amberjack artfully arranged in the shape of a fish, with a V-shaped tail at one end and a pert nose at the other. It was nice, but I would have liked a little more of the main seasoning, a tangerine-yuzu juice flavored with truffle oil (the latter, thankfully deployed with a light hand, shows up in many dishes here ).

Our next heartier dish, the enchiladas de camarón, featured plump Gulf shrimp that had been sautéed in white wine and tucked into tortillas with mild Oaxaca cheese and grilled onions. In addition, there was a light and fresh ranchera salsa. Like many of Lomeli’s sauces, it contained chili pequin, a fiery chili widely used in Mexico and prized for its subtly fruity flavor. He uses it discreetly in this dish, but that’s not always the case. When your server tells you something is very spicy, believe it.

Moving on, we considered sharing the 33-ounce tomahawk rib eye, for $135, but I can’t imagine it would have been better than our 9-ounce boneless Wagyu rib eye ($52), grilled over oak and heavily smoked mesquite briquettes. It arrived next to a huge, primitive-looking roasted marrowbone and an equally large head of roasted garlic. When our waiter was done extracting the essence from each, we spread it over the steak like butter and added drizzles of a lightly vinegary sauce of red pequin peppers and milder Japanese peppers. Every bite was carnivore heaven.

It will be interesting to return to Mexico in six to twelve months and see how the partners’ ambitious experience unfolded.

“I’ve never seen sides like these,” I thought to myself, cheerfully over-ordering one after the other. The lobster elote – creamed sweet corn with beautiful chunks of shellfish – was so incredibly rich in its cheese sauce infused with roasted habaneros and red peppers that I could only eat a tiny amount of it. Ditto the mashed potatoes swirled in a meaty russet-colored sauce made with chorizo ​​and Mexican Manchego cheese.

Our vegetable dishes were considerably lighter. We loved the roasted cauliflower with chopped pistachios and avocado in a truffle habanero
Pad. In fact, it was a table favorite until the advent of dark red beets, which were so sweet they didn’t need the sauce that came with them, a cousin of mustard-spiked aioli. of Dijon and a dash of Tabasco. When we asked about the preparation of the beets, our server pulled out his phone and showed us a video he had shot earlier (answer: parboiled and roasted).

The chocolate chip cookie.
The chocolate chip cookie.Photograph by Brittany Conerly

The desserts were as plentiful as expected. The chocolate cake was four large layers of thickly ganache-glazed sponge, with more ganache pouring onto the table and topped with brittle pepita pieces. the
Cuatro leches cake upped the ante with rompope (Latin American eggnog) as the fourth milk, the presentation topped with fluffy whipped cream flavored with vanilla liqueur. We decided to skip the night drinks and dessert wine menu, but were happy to see the digestives listed, just in case.

It will be interesting to return to Mexico in six to twelve months and see how the partners’ ambitious experience unfolded. Will members of the crowd that’s teeming with expensive new restaurants add it to their regular rotation? Will it get the stamp of approval for wedding rehearsal dinners and corporate parties? For congresses? Will ordinary people try it for enchiladas and tacos (expensive but not prohibitively expensive)? Or will everyone visit once and then return to smaller venues for Mexican food? I can’t wait to go back to see if Lomeli’s menu sticks to its original flavor profiles or if it subtly becomes Dallas. The Mexican is certainly a nice place and, for all its high prices, much cheaper than a trip to Monterrey.

The Mexican
1401 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas
214-210-5700
D Tue–Sat.
$$$$
Open March 11, 2022

This article originally appeared in the June 2022 issue of Texas monthly with the title “Ambassador of Mexico”. Subscribe today.

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Less immigrant labor in the United States contributing to higher prices https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/less-immigrant-labor-in-the-united-states-contributing-to-higher-prices/ Sat, 07 May 2022 19:52:14 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/less-immigrant-labor-in-the-united-states-contributing-to-higher-prices/

Just 10 miles from the Rio Grande, Mike Helle’s farm is so short of immigrant workers that he has replaced 450 acres of labor-intensive leafy greens with crops that can be harvested by machines.

In Houston, Al Flores has raised the price of his barbecue restaurant’s brisket plate because the cost of the cut has doubled due to the inability of meatpacking plants to fully staff production lines. with a high density of immigrants. In the Dallas area, Joshua Correa hiked the prices of homes built by his company by $150,000 to cover rising costs resulting in part from a lack of immigrant labor.

After immigration to the United States dwindled during the Trump administration — then came to an almost complete halt for 18 months during the coronavirus pandemic — the country is waking up to a partly fueled labor shortage by this slowdown.

Joshua Correa, left, stabilizes scaffolding for Samuel as they work at a house under construction in Plano, Texas, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. There are about 2 million fewer immigrants than expected in the United States, helping to fuel a desperate rush for workers in many sectors, from meatpacking to home building, which are also contributing to shortages and rising prices. Correa struggled to hire supervisors for his job sites, with immigrant applicants demanding an annual salary of $100,000. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

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According to some estimates, the United States has, by some estimates, 2 million fewer immigrants than it would have if the pace had remained the same, helping to fuel a desperate rush for workers in many sectors, from packing meat to building homes, which is also contributing to supply shortages and rising prices. .

“These 2 million missing immigrants are part of the reason we have a labor shortage,” said Giovanni Peri, an economist at the University of California, Davis, who calculated the shortfall. “In the short term, we will adjust to these labor market shortages by raising wages and prices.”

Labor issues are among several contributors to the highest inflation in 40 years in the United States – from supply chains crippled by the pandemic to a spike in energy and commodity prices after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Steve Camarota, a researcher at the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for less immigration, believes a spike in illegal immigration under President Joe Biden will make up for the shortfall from the pandemic. He also argues that wage increases in low-wage sectors like agriculture are minor contributors to inflation.

“I don’t think raising wages is bad for the poor, and I think mathematically it’s not possible to lower inflation by limiting wages to the lowest,” Camarota told the Associated Press.

Immigration levels

Immigration is rapidly returning to pre-pandemic levels, researchers say, but the United States would need a significant acceleration to make up its shortfall. Given the steep decline in births in the United States over the past two decades, some economists predict that the overall pool of potential workers will begin to shrink by 2025.

The shortage of immigrant workers comes as the US political system shows less appetite for increased immigration. The Democrats — who control all branches of the federal government and, more recently, have been the most pro-immigration party — have not tried to push through major legislation allowing more new residents into the country. A recent Gallup poll showed concerns about illegal immigration at a two-decade high. With a difficult election for their party looming in November, Democrats are increasingly divided over the Biden administration’s bid to end pandemic-related restrictions on seeking asylum.

“At some point, we either decide to get older and downsize or we change our immigration policy,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, an economist and former administration official for President George W. Bush, president of the center-right American Action Forum. He acknowledged that a change in immigration policy is unlikely: “The bases on both sides are so locked in.”

That’s certainly the case in Republican-dominated Texas, which includes the longest and busiest stretch of the southern border. The 2017 legislature forced cities to comply with federal immigration officers looking for people who are illegally in the United States. Governor Greg Abbott sent the Texas National Guard to patrol the border and recently created traffic problems by ordering more inspections at border ports.

The turn against immigration is plaguing some Texas business owners. “Immigration is very important to our workforce in the United States,” Correa said. “We just need it.”

He is seeing two to three month delays on his projects as he and his contractors – from drywallers to plumbers to electricians – struggle to find field crews. Correa increased the standard price of his homes from $500,000 to around $650,000.

“We feel it, and if we ultimately feel it as builders and developers, the consumer pays the price,” said Correa, who spoke from Pensacola, Florida, where he brought a construction crew as a favor to a client who was unable to find workers to repair a beach house damaged by Hurricane Sally in 2020.

The share of the US population born in another country – 13.5% at the last census – is the highest since the 19th century. But even before Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election by promising to cut immigration, migration to the United States was slowing. The Great Recession dried up many jobs that brought workers into the country, legally or illegally. Rising living standards in Latin America have prompted more people to stay put or return from the United States.

Flores, who runs a chain of Mexican restaurants as well as his barbecue restaurant, said while the COVID-19 pandemic has been a bigger shock to his industry, the downturn in immigration has hit it hard — and not only for the meatpackers who supply the brisket for his restaurant. “You have a lot of positions that are not filled,” he said.

He has steadily increased his salary, up to $15 an hour recently. “It’s the culmination of years and years,” said Flores, who serves as president of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association.

Helle, who grows onions, cabbage, melons and kale just outside the border town of McAllen, Texas, also pays more to her workers, who are almost exclusively immigrants. People born in the United States, he says, will not work in the fields, regardless of their salary.

Before you can find farmhands just in the area. Now he has joined a federal program to bring farm workers across the border. It’s more expensive for him, but he says it’s the only way to prevent his crops from spoiling in the ground.

Helle, 60, has been farming the area for decades. “I live 10 miles from the Rio Grande River and never in my life thought we would be in this situation.”

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Dallas wins home draw streak against Seattle Sounders https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/dallas-wins-home-draw-streak-against-seattle-sounders/ Fri, 06 May 2022 06:29:23 +0000 https://horseshoeloungeaustin.com/dallas-wins-home-draw-streak-against-seattle-sounders/ Seattle Sounders FC (2-4-1, 12th in the Western Conference) against FC Dallas (4-1-4, third in the Western Conference)

Frisco, TX; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EDT

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: FC Dallas -134, Seattle +338, Draw +294; over/under is 2.5 goals

BOTTOM LINE: Dallas hosts the Seattle Sounders after going 0-4 in a row at home.

Dallas is 4-0-1 against Western Conference opponents. Dallas is 2-0-1 in games where it scores a pair of goals.

The Sounders are 2-3-1 in Western Conference games. The Sounders rank seventh in the Western Conference with 11 goals.


The teams meet on Saturday for the first time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jesus Ferreira has six goals and one assist for Dallas. Alan Velasco has two goals and two assists.

Jordan Morris scored two goals for the Sounders. Fredy Montero has a goal.

SEASON SO FAR: Dallas: Averaged 1.6 goals, 4.2 shots on goal and 3.8 corner kicks in nine games while allowing 0.8 goals per game.

Pollsters: averaged 1.3 goals, 4.3 shots on goal and 4.4 corners in seven games while allowing 1.6 goals per game.

NOT SUPPOSED TO PLAY: Dallas: Nanu (injured).

Sounders: Dylan Teves (injured).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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