August 28, 2014

  • Cafeteria’s Name Defies Location

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    Jeff Snoyer reopened the doors of Highland Park Cafeteria as its new owner in 2007, going back to the original name. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    “What’s that doing there?” It’s a question many drivers may ask themselves on their way to White Rock Lake when they see Highland Park Cafeteria sitting in a Casa Linda shopping center.

    The answer dates all the way back to 1925, when Carolyn Goodman first opened the original Highland Park Cafeteria on Knox Street, just across the street from the equally historic Highland Park Pharmacy.

    “There would be a line around the block,” modern-day owner Jeff Snoyer said of the original location.

    The cafeteria eventually grew to eight locations, including Casa Linda. But after the bank failures of the late 1980s, only the original location and Casa Linda were left.

    By the mid-1990s, Goodman had died and the family was no longer involved in the business, so the cafeteria changed hands. Unfortunately, the new owner could not keep the business afloat long.

    “It was a sad day when it closed,” Goodman’s grandson David Yates said. Read More…

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 2:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Coming Up: Dads Club Golf Tournament

    It’s that time of year again. The Park Cities Dads Club Golf Tournament, or the Teachers Cup, is scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Dallas Country Club. This is the 23rd year the event will take place, and it celebrates more than $2.1 million raised to fund staff development at HPISD. Those funds are not recaptured by “Robin Hood” laws, either. 

    Sign up here.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 10:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • ‘Godfather’ of Custom Pies Opens Local Pizzaria

    Project Pie will open a number of locations this year, including Preston Center and Asbury Avenue. (Photos courtesy of Project Pie)

    Project Pie will open a number of locations this year, including Preston Center and Asbury Avenue. (Photos courtesy of Project Pie)

    The way pizza-preneur James Markham sees it, food is akin to a romantic relationship — that is, it’s best when kept fresh.

    It’s a sentiment that can be linked directly to Project Pie, the valedictorian of the dough-tossing chains (MOD, Pieology) Markham has founded in recent years. Like its predecessors, the Project Pie concept involves custom-made pizzas bedazzled with premium ingredients. Unlike the stores that have gone before, however, Project Pie will be opening in Dallas — and opening four times over to boot.

    “I’ve got four units I’m doing in Dallas this year. I’m doing Preston Center, Lower Greenville — we just signed a space right at SMU, and we’re doing one in Addison too,” Markham said. Although the storefronts will open back-to-back this fall, thanks to a mix of vintage and industrial furnishings, “all of them are going to look different.” Read More…

    By Karley Kiker Aug. 28, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • TexProtects Anniversary Features Ashley Judd

    The TexProtects’ 10th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 14 will feature Ashley Judd as the keynote speaker.

    John Castle chairs the board of directors, while Lisa K. Simmons acts as honorary chair. Pat Albritton Harloe also serves as event chair.

    The evening’s events will take place at 7 p.m. at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Make a donation or purchase tickets here.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 9:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Arboretum’s Reardon Hangs Up Her Sneakers

    (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    (Photo: Courtesy of Juliette Coulter)

    Parkie Karen Reardon is handing over the reins at the Dallas Arboretum, as far as the Tour Des Fleurs event is concerned. She’s been organizing the staff efforts for the 10K and 20K race since its beginning eight years ago. Now, Dana Murrell will resume her duties with staff organization.

    “I’ve been doing this for so long, but it’s now time for me to pass the baton to Dana because with recent stress fractures in my legs, I must be temporarily off my feet,” Reardon said in a statement.

    The 7 a.m. race takes place on Sept. 20 and is presented by Dave Perry-Miller and Associates. It kicks off the opening of”Autumn at the Arboretum,” a.k.a. everyone’s favorite pumpkin village/storybook installment. Roughly 2,800 runners are expected to attend.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 8:45 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • SHŌNA Helps Celebrate Meyerson Anniversary

    Earrings from the DisKo collection. (Photo: Courtesy of Cynthia Smoot)

    Earrings from the DisKo collection. (Photo: Courtesy of Cynthia Smoot)

    Local jewelry designer Shona Gilbert is helping the Meyerson Symphony Center celebrate its 25th anniversary by offering her pieces in the DSO boutique during the upcoming season.

    SHŌNA Jewelry will be showcasing two collections: Departed and DisKo. 

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 28, 2014 | 8:11 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • August 27, 2014

  • Lady Scots Sweep Past Keller

    Highland Park's Madeline Bonnet serves against Amarillo during the Allen tournament on Aug. 23.

    Highland Park’s Madeline Bonnet serves against Amarillo during the Allen tournament on Aug. 23. (Photo: Jeff Kane)

    Highland Park continued its strong showing in early-season volleyball tournament play by winning the bronze division title at the Allen tournament on Saturday. Then, the Lady Scots swept Keller in three tight sets in a nondistrict match on Tuesday, 27-25, 28-26, 25-22.

    At the tournament, HP secured a three-set win over McKinney Boyd to reach the championship bracket. Once in that bracket, the Lady Scots (13-6) fell to Flower Mound before rebounding with victories over Coppell and Amarillo. They finished ninth overall in the tournament.

    Next up, HP will travel to the Plano tournament on Friday and Saturday before returning home on Tuesday to face Midlothian.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 5:12 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPISD App Lets Parents Stay Updated

    Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has helped to launch a free app just for HPISD parents. With it, you can check district news, find a staff directory, save favorites, access an activities calendar, and more.

    More academic info will be added in September so parents can see grades, assignments, schedules, and even lunch-account balances.

    Click here to download the app for your Apple device (assuming you have iOS 7 or later).

    “Having five children of my own, I understand the importance of connection, whether that’s people and neighborhoods or families and schools, and this app makes it easy to stay connected to your school community,” Briggs Freeman president and CEO Robbie Briggs said in a statement. 

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 27, 2014 | 4:33 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Here’s a Twist on the Movies in Pools Trend

    MPW-48904Most of the public events featuring screenings at swimming pools cater to families and showcase kid-friendly films with widespread mainstream popularity.

    But The Lofts at Mockingbird Station is trying a different approach with its first Dive-In Movie Night on Thursday by showing the raunchy comedy Wet Hot American Summer, the cult classic starring Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, and Amy Poehler.

    You can watch the movie either from the pool deck or while floating in the water. Admission is free, and you can score popcorn and a drink for $5, with all proceeds benefiting the Dallas Film Society. There also will be food from Cafe Herrera and a bar serving mixed drinks.

    Showtime is 8:30 p.m. It would help if you sent an RSVP, which you can do here.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 12:02 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Developer Brings Mixed-Use Complex to PH

    Here’s a rendering of Preston Hollow Village, which has broken ground at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane. (Photo courtesy of Provident Realty Advisors)

    Here’s a rendering of Preston Hollow Village, which has broken ground at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane. (Photo courtesy of Provident Realty Advisors)

    In a neighborhood known for stability and tradition when it comes to restaurants and retail, the new kid on the block will definitely stand out.

    Construction is under way on the first phase of Preston Hollow Village, a 42-acre development at the northwest corner of North Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane, and a few tenants might open their doors before the end of this year.

    The development — which will mix retail, office, and residential uses — is the first of its kind in Preston Hollow and will be the largest commercial development in the area in decades.

    “As a resident of Preston Hollow, I recognize there is no other cool, pedestrian-oriented, walkable development of this kind in our neighborhood,” said Leon Backes, president of Provident Realty Advisors, which has been circling the project for several years. “What we are developing today has evolved over the last decade. This is a fresh, updated approach to development.” Read More…

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 27, 2014 | 11:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS