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A Ritzy New Restaurant and Rooftop Bar Will Soon Debut at Dallas’s Forthcoming Virgin Hotel

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The Commons Club in San Francisco
Commons Club in San Francisco
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Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

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Virgin Hotels announces Dallas restaurant details

When Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels Dallas makes its debut in the Design District later this year, it will be home to a restaurant, a bar, and a coffee shop. Per CultureMap, the hotel will be home to an outpost of the chain’s ritzy restaurant Commons Club, which opened in San Francisco earlier this year with dishes like grain bowls and wild mushroom tortelloni.

Also in the works for the hotel is the Pool Club, a self-explanatory rooftop bar with a pool, and Funny Library, a coffee shop that serves cups of joe brewed with fair-trade beans. No opening date for Virgin Hotels Dallas has been set yet, but it’s expected to arrive by the end of the year.

Twisted Root leaves SMU Boulevard

After 10 years near the campus of Southern Methodist University, Dallas-born burger joint Twisted Root has officially closed its doors. According to GuideLive, the lease for the restaurant’s space at 5609 SMU Boulevard was up, and owner Jason Boso decided not to renew because his company “didn’t think it was a good business decision to sign up for another 10 years on a street that isn’t what it used to be.”

Frank goes on hiatus

Dallas underground pop-up dinner series Frank is officially on hiatus. The collaboration between MasterChef competitors Jennie Kelley, Ben Starr, and Adrien Nieto is set to serve its final dinner “for a while” on July 29, according to the Dallas Observer. Over the past seven years, Frank has earned a reputation as one of the city’s most compelling dining experiences thanks to dozens of breathlessly positive reviews on platforms like Yelp.