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. Affordable new community with lazy-river pool dives into hottest area of Fort Worth. A master-planned community featuring 3,300 single-family homes and a resort-style “lazy river” pool is coming to a booming area of Fort Worth. A 1,100-acre neighborhood called Wildflower Ranch, near the Texas Motor Speedway at State Highway 114 and I-35W in far north Fort Worth, was unveiled August 6 by Houston-based real estate developer and investor Hines LP.
2. Meet the inspiring Fort Worth star of Chip and Joanna Gaines' new TV network. Being on TV was never part of Jonathan Morris’ plan as an entrepreneur. But suddenly, the owner of Fort Worth Barber Shop and The Lathery is stepping into one of brightest spotlights in the world — the one created by Chip and Joanna Gaines — as the host of a new show on their Magnolia Network. He says he's excited to tell the stories of small business owners making their crazy dreams come true — just like he’s done his whole life.
3. Tastemaker Awards toasts the best Texas restaurants and bars for 2020. The mission of our annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is to shine a spotlight on the top restaurant and bar talent in Texas. This summer, we honored the best of the industry and celebrated their resilience with our first-ever virtual Tastemakers. Meet all of our 2020 Tastemaker winners, and join us in toasting them once again.
4. 2 Fort Worth neighbors clock in among worst U.S. cities for minimum-wage earners. On the heels of Arlington and Plano topping some impressive lists, they now appear on an utterly undesirable one — the country’s worst places for minimum-wage workers. A new study published July 28 puts Plano at No. 2 and Arlington at No. 6 among the worst cities for people who earn the minimum wage, which is $7.25 an hour in both cities.
5. Furr's restaurant in Arlington ditches buffet for new table service model. In practically unthinkable news, a restaurant chain known for buffet-style dining has ditched the buffet: Furr's, the San Antonio-based chain, is reopening as Furr's AYCE Marketplace, with a new model: table-side service. AYCE — which stands for "all you can eat" — has launched in 11 locations, including one in Arlington, at 300 E. Interstate 20.