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The State Fair of Texas Will Make a Decision on This Year’s Event in July

Plus, more DFW dining intel

Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas
Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas
Robert Strickland

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State Fair of Texas in still expected to happen this fall

Following a report from CW33 that the State Fair of Texas had vowed to hold the event this fall, the Fair’s organizers have clarified that an official decision won’t come down until July. As previously reported, organizers of the festival say they will implement all recommended CDC guidelines for mitigating the spread of the virus. Several large-scale events state- and nation-wide have been cancelled due to COVID-19. The State Fair of Texas is scheduled to open on September 25.

New York-style bagel shop opens in University Park

Shug’s Bagels, the long-awaited shop serving kettle-boiled bagels and New York-style breakfast sandwiches, has opened in University Park, the Dallas Morning News reports. The shop is owned by Justin Shugrue, a NYC native who moved to Dallas to study at Southern Methodist University. Shug’s, which is on Mockingbird Lane, serves chewy bagels boiled in a kettle for 15 minutes before being seasoned and baked in the oven. Other dishes include a breakfast roll with bacon, egg, cheese and hash browns, bagel pizzas and a variety of whipped cream cheeses.

Teso Life brings Japanese goods to Carrollton

A new retailer selling Japanese lifestyle products will soon open in the Carroltton Town Center, CultureMap reports. Teso Life sells all manner of Japanese imports, including stationary, beauty supplies and Asian candy and tons of snacks. The location, next to 99 Ranch Market, will be more than 14,000 square feet and is the company’s first US store outside New York. Expect to find treats like orange tea, white chocolate-wrapped strawberries and sour plum fruit jerky, among others when the shop debuts this fall.

Update, June 17: This post has been updated to reflect that the State Fair of Texas has now announced that a decision on its 2020 event won’t be made until July.