Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines.
1. Grace restaurant owner lifts lid on new Italian osteria in downtown Fort Worth. Adam Jones is ready to greet Fort Worth with an enthusiastic “ciao.” The owner and face of Grace and Little Red Wasp plans to open an upscale Italian concept called 61 Osteria on the west side of downtown next spring. The restaurant will open on the ground floor of the First on 7th building, at 500 W. Seventh St. across from Burnett Park.
2. Fort Worth's Brix Barbecue graduates from Airstream to permanent space. One of Fort Worth’s most popular craft barbecue food trucks will soon open its first brick-and-mortar location. Brix Barbecue, which operates out of a vintage Airstream trailer on Bryan Avenue, will open its first permanent restaurant in the Near Southside, not far from its current home.
3. Dallas-Fort Worth no longer a top-25 place to live, declares U.S. News & World Report. Dallas-Fort Worth has tumbled out of the top 25 on U.S. News & World Report’s closely watched annual list of the best places to live in the U.S. U.S. News' 2021 Best Places to Live ranking, released July 13, puts DFW at No. 37 among the country’s biggest metro areas. That's 13 spots lower than the area’s No. 24 ranking in 2020, and well below its rankings in 2019, 2018, and 2017.
4. Hooters' wings-only concept opens first 2 Dallas-Fort Worth locations. The wings are about to land: Hoots Wings, the new fast-casual concept launched by the Hooters chain specializing in chicken wings, has two locations locked down in the Dallas-Fort Worth area: one in far north Fort Worth and the other in Little Elm.
5. Fort Worth superstar Leon Bridges among first to play Mark Cuban's glitzy new Dallas venue. Fort Worth singer-songwriter Leon Bridges is taking his upcoming "Gold-Diggers Sound Tour" to North Texas’ buzziest new concert space — The HiFi Dallas, a Mark Cuban-owned music venue opening soon near the American Airlines Center. Bridges, joined by fellow Fort Worth singer Abraham Alexander, will play one show at the HiFi on Saturday, September 11.