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Benefit box for Salaryman owner Justin Holt’s cancer treatment sells out in six hours
A limited edition snack box that cost $120 each, the proceeds of which will benefit Salaryman chef and owner Justin Holt, sold out in less than a day after launching on Monday, November 30. The Lazy Sunday Dream Box contained dozens of snacks from more than 30 DFW-area restaurants, including places like Petra & The Beast, Elm & Good, Braindead Brewing, Lockhart Smokehouse and Lucia, where Holt formerly worked. The 200 boxes, compiled by local nonprofit Meat Fight, sold out in six hours, according to meat Fight CEO Alice Laussade. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Holt, who recently had to shutter his popular Bishop Arts ramen shop Salaryman to undergo aggressive treatment for an acute form of leukemia.
Meat Fight is hosting another benefit sale for Holt, selling Lazy Sunday tees and sweatshirts, and will be giving away one final Dream Box in a raffle to a random person who purchases a sweatshirt or tee. In addition, Dallas diners can contribute to Holt’s medical expenses via a GoFundMe set up by his friends.
Son of a Butcher to open stand-alone location in Lower Greenville
Son of a Butcher, the slider shop from the minds behind Velvet Taco, which has been serving nostalgia-inspired burgers out of Legacy Hall since March of 2019, has a new standalone location in the works. SOB’s first non-food hall location will open December 7 at 2026 Greenville Avenue. Expect the same Texas waygu patties, waffle fries and classic shakes available at Legacy Hall.
Christie’s Sports Bar to reopen on Greenville Avenue
Longtime McKinney Avenue sports bar Christie’s, which closed in July after three decades, will be reopening on Greenville Avenue, The Observer reports. Back in July, Christie’s owner, Ashton Christie, whose father opened the bar in 1991, said that Christie’s landlord was demanding rent and that the bar was unable to weather the second statewide coronavirus shutdown, which began in June. He also said he had no plans to reopen. He’s apparently changed his mind, as the new location is now in the works at 2817 Greenville Avenue and set to open sometime next year. The bar was known as the Cheers of Uptown, and was a popular spot for game-watching parties. The new location will feature even more televisions and a rooftop bar.