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Serial Restaurateur Nick Badovinus Plots New Mexican Eatery

Plus, Max’s Wine Dive closes and more Dallas dining news

Town Hearth, restaurateur Nick Badovinus’s opulent steakhouse
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— Serial restaurateur Nick Badovinus, the mind behind popular Dallas spots Neighborhood Services, Town Hearth, and Montlake Cut (among others), will open a new Mexican restaurant on Greenville Avenue. Badovinus will take over the space at 1520 Greenville Avenue with Desert Racer, a spot that will serve fare inspired by the cuisines of the southwestern United States. No opening timeline for the restaurant has been announced yet. [CultureMap]

— Max’s Wine Dive has officially departed DFW. The restaurant shuttered its Fort Worth location, just about a year after the Dallas location in Uptown’s West Village closed. The Houston-based chain still operates locations in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and Denver, but apparently Dallas-Fort Worth had grown tired of the chain’s fried chicken and Champagne. [Fort Worth Star Telegram]

— Shell Shack, the Dallas-based chain known for its sacks of steamed seafood, has officially opened its newest location in Denton, taking over the space formerly occupied by Dani Rae’s Gulf Coast Kitchen. The outpost is the chain’s sixth location, including a restaurant that recently opened its doors in Houston, and will keep the kitchen open late — until 1 a.m. — to keep Denton fed until the wee hours of the morning. [EaterWire]