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Former Alinea Chef Splits With Flora Street Cafe After Little More Than a Month

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Chaos ensues at Flora Street Cafe

Six weeks after trumpeting that he’d hired former Alinea chef Diego Fernandez to helm his new tasting room Fauna inside Flora Street Cafe, Stephan Pyles has already parted ways with Fernandez. According to the Dallas Observer, Fernandez left the restaurant amicably after Fauna failed to find enough success to sustain the chef’s full-time salary, and has since been replaced by former Flora Street chef Peter Barlow.

Earlier this week, Pyles also parted ways with Flora Street Cafe chef Tim Byres, who has since been replaced by former Beverley’s chef Ross Demers. If all of this sounds complicated, that’s because it is.

A swanky new steakhouse heads to Fort Worth

Wicked Butcher, a fancy new steakhouse from the minds behind Wild Salsa and Dallas Chop House, will open later this year inside the Sinclair Hotel in Downtown Fort Worth. According to a press release, chef Luigi Iannuario, who comes to Dallas most recently from Emporio Armani Caffe in Milan, will lead the kitchen at Wicked Butcher, alongside chefs Richard Triptow and Austin Carlson. Expect for Wicked Butcher to open sometime this fall, and stay tuned for an official opening date.

Addison’s newest barbecue joint has arrived

Austin’s Bar-B-Que is now slinging slabs of brisket in Addison. According to CultureMap, the restaurant at 16101 Addison Road made its debut earlier this month in the space formerly home to Duke’s Ice House. Diners can look forward to plenty of smoked meats, including turkey, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and ribs, and sides like mac and cheese.