The Design District Puts A Sexy Spin On Tex-Mex And The Leslie Brenner Feud Just Won't Die.

Welcome to The Spread, our weekly feature that aims to share all the area restaurant, food and beverage industry news that's fit to print. Except, this is the Internet, so space isn't a concern. Also: Good thing, because this is Dallas and this town always has breaking restaurant news going down like whoa.

French macarons — y'know, the colorful cookies type, as opposed to their coconut-clustered American counterparts — are becoming more and more of a permanent fixture in Dallas these days, especially with the opening of Bisous Bisous Patisserie in West Village.

The regular fixture of White Rock Local Market is transitioning from its tent days to a storefront that will feature a wide array of desserts in addition to the popular treat that's also found a home in Bishop Arts recently.

More Uptown-related news: Shell Shack is opening a second location. Look for the newest version of the seafood purveyors to hit the corner of Park Lane and the Dallas North Tollway by spring 2015. Also coming to that area are a few new restaurants and remodels, such as Public School 214, Eureka! and Fat Rabbit.

Meanwhile, an outpost of the Arkansas-based chain Loca Luna debuted in North Dallas in the former Maximo space behind the Galleria with a menu is comprised of both Tex-Mex and traditional Mexican cuisine. Just got the time to try one thing? The homemade corn tortillas sure sound nice.

In the Design District, pizza and so called “Sexi-Tex-Mexi” are the name of the game with the opening of the long-in-the-works Sfuzzi Pizzeria Romana and Primo's spots, respectively. These two restaurants come to us courtesy of real estate mogul Mehrdad Moayedi, who brought together chefs Avner Samuel and Vincenzo Pappano to revamp the menus of these known entities' newest runs.

Moving on, it seems as if the Leslie Brenner vs. Dallas Chefs feud won't be put to rest any time soon. The story has now spread as far as The Washington Post. In this latest story, a group of disgruntled chefs from around town explain why they've placed a ban on the critic from ever visiting their establishments — although John Tesar, one of Brenner's most vocal critics, has reportedly asked Brenner to be a part of his reality TV show, go figure.

On the brew side of things, Deep Ellum Brewing Co. is celebrating Repeal Day on Friday, December 5, with the release of its 2014 Four Swords brew. Commemorate 81 years of legal alcohol consumption with the Belgian-style Quadrupel at its release event at The Common Table, starting at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, Grapevine Craft Brewery is getting in the holiday spirit with its newest release, the Stocking Stuffer Winter Warmer. You can enjoy the seasonal brew during the company's upcoming brewery tour on Saturday, December 6, from noon to 3 p.m., where you can also meet the authors of the book on all things North Texas Beer.

Sticking on the alcohol front, Sundown at Granada has debuted a new drink menu in honor of the changing seasons and accompanying dipping temperatures. The dozen seasonal cocktails introduced include house infusions like apple-cinnamon bourbon, Great Gatsby-themed drinks and a seasonal margarita, just to name a few. You can also head to Sundown for tonight's edition of its weekly Whiskey and Movies night starting at 8:30 p.m.

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