North Texas Breweries Win Big At GABF, And Zoli's Nears The End.

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.

For a change of pace this week, we'll lead things off this week with some craft beer news as several North Texas breweries took home medals from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this past weekend. Rahr & Sons took home gold for both its The Regulator and Oktoberfest beers. Meanwhile, Irving's Twin Peaks took home a bronze for its Barrel-Aged Brown Ale, and brews from Panther Island Brewing Co., 903 Brewers and Rabbit Hole Brewing all took home silver medals in the nationwide competition.

Meanwhile, Rabbit Hole Brewing is rolling out its second Mike Modano-themed brew, this one called Crazy No. 9. The beer is made with Mineral Wells' own Crazy Water, and will be a feature of the Crazy Water Festival on October 9 and 10.

Moving on — and we hope you're sitting down for this one — but there's a bit of sad news for the Bishop Arts District mainstay as Zoli's Pizza plans to close in 2016. Owner Jay Jerrier told GuideLive that the impending development of the area will eventually “swallow up” the Oak Cliff space, and he has no plans to re-open in the neighborhood. Jerrier is considering Houston, plus other locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region, as the new home for the pizza joint.

Meanwhile, over in Victory Park, a new coffee shop called Café Victoria is on the way. The coffeehouse will be a part of a 75-acre mixed use development that will also include a fifth Buzzbrews location and a high-end cinema among its new businesses. An opening for the coffee shop is slated for January 2016.

In other development news: Fort Worth is looking to open a slew of micro restaurants in its Waterside Development. A handful of restaurant spaces will be available to local entrepreneurs alongside established restaurants like Taco Diner and Zoe's Kitchen. Want in? Reach out to Trademark Property Co. sooner than later, as the spot's opening is currently slated for this coming spring.

Meanwhile, just in time for fair season, Expo Park welcomes a new bar, appropriately named Expo Bar. The bar occupies the former Meridian Room space, where it hopes to revive some of that old favorite's trademark offerings, while also providing a menu of “solid” bar food and a modest amount of beer taps.

Finally, in more craft beer news: Grapevine Craft Brewery will feature a Belgian Dry Hopped Stout and Lemongrass Basil Pale Ale for this week's Taproom Series. The brews are available tonight at 6 p.m.

And, last but not least, Luck in Trinity Groves is hosting a Martin House Turtle Power night. The Ninja Turtles theme is inspired by Martin House Brewing's Turtle Power Blackberry Altbier. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be playing on bar's TVs at the event, with live turtles available for petting and pictureotaking. The event takes place next Wednesday, October 7, from 5 to 10 p.m.

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