Curious George. You know him. He is that cheeky little brown monkey cherished by more than three generations of Americans. Many of us grew up with “Curious George”, but few people know about the incredible journey made by his creators, Margret and H.A. Rey, to escape the Nazi invasion of Paris at the start of World War II.

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Downtown Dallas is expanding every single day and the good news is that we are getting a luxury Westin Hotel!  The best part is the architects and owners are repurposing, utilizing and creating something new with the existing structure. The owners are calling it a complete “makeover of a Main Street skyscraper”.

For quite some time the famous Dallas One Main Place (Its the original office towers used in the television series Dallas for JR Ewing’s office exteriors) has sat in limbo.

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“Who says you can’t lose weight eating at a Steakhouse “ That’s a bold claim to make, but Hoffbrau Steaks has proven it to be a fact. Catering to the needs of ALL their customers, Hoffbrau Steaks has developed a reputation of not only serving great steaks, but of building menus that are friendly to a variety of diets and lifestyle choices from Gluten Free to Vegetarian.

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The West End is known for a lot of things, but did you know there is a West End Night Market? Its true. Twice a month geeks and vintage computer enthusiasts converge on the Dallas West End and create a unique and fun market full of interesting things.  Who knew that there were so many people that buy, sell and trade old computer parts.

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West End staple, restauranteur and Chef Tony Street of Y.O. Steakhouse showed off his mad cooking skills last week on WFAA’s News 8 Daybreak, with his famous Chicken-fried lobster. Tony has been frying in kitchens for most of his life, and learned his early culinary prowess from his Uncle Gene (yes…THAT Gene Street) earning him not only street cred as one of the best in town – but sealing his fate to be King of the Fry.

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Have you gotten all your Christmas gifts? Well there is still plenty of time to take Hoffbrau Steaks up on a great offer! They are giving away a Free $5 Reward Card with each $25 Gift Card purchase. That’s right a little something for you and your family.

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This week writer/blogger @RobertWilonsky, of the Dallas Morning News Craft Beer and Cocktails blog, shared the news that the Historic Dallas West End will possibly have a craft brewery join our “family”. This is very exciting news for us all and continues the growth and expansion of our beautiful historic district, as well as the entire the downtown corridor. All of the merchants and restaurants are excited to welcome this new concept to the neighborhood.

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not head down to the West End! This week the world famous Wild Bill’s Western Store is giving away a chance to win tickets to see Country Artist Reckless Kelly. The show is this Friday December 19th at House of Blues in Dallas. For more information visit Wild Bill’s Facebook page.

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RJ’s Mexican Cuisine is much more than your ordinary TexMex. Everyday they work hard to create fresh flavors and have some of the most unique dishes on their extensive menu. From their incredible enchiladas to my favorite – the Mexican Mac & Cheese, they have something for everyone. Being a chef driven restaurant, they are hands on for every plate that comes out of the kitchen. For the holidays, they have an incredible feast planned for a night out.

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The folks at Hoffbrau Steak House are known for their delicious food, but in the West End District we are blessed to know how generous they are!

This year the Hoffbrau team had a record setting year for their annual Turkey Drive.  The staff collected a little over $1600.00 – almost double what they did last year. The team happily reached their goal and donated a ton of food and cash donations.

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