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Supporters Launch GoFundMe to Keep Beloved Ice Cream Shop Howdy Homemade Open

Plus, more DFW dining intel

Scoops of colorful ice cream in paper cups arranged on a table. The scoops are decorated with candy eyes, gummy worms, and sprinkles. Howdy Homemade/Facebook
Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

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Ice cream shop Howdy Homemade is in serious trouble

Howdy Homemade, the Dallas ice cream shop that employs adults with special needs, is in need of some financial help. Via a new GoFundMe fundraiser, supporters of the shop say that the COVID-19 pandemic has been especially challenging for Howdy Homemade, which doesn’t have a drive-thru and has seen its catering business decline dramatically.

“COVID has hit this special place really hard in what should have been their biggest season, spring and summer,” organizer Jaxie Alt wrote on the fundraiser’s website. “They are not covering their expenses right now and they need help to make it to next spring.”

At present, the GoFundMe has raised more than $21,000 of its $75,000 goal. Funds raised will go directly to the shop so that it can keep its workers employed and search for a smaller location with lower rent.

Whataburger is now the official burger of the Dallas Cowboys

In a move that makes total sense, the Dallas Cowboys announced on Monday that Texas-based burger chain Whataburger is now the team’s official burger purveyor. “Football is serious business in the Lone Star State, and for the past 60 years, the Dallas Cowboys have built a legendary culture,” Whataburger CEO Ed Nelson said in a statement. “Together, the Cowboys and Whataburger bring 130 years of experience in winning Texans’ hearts. It’s a partnership with the greatest home field advantage of all – our fans and communities.”

Chef Ross Demers returns to Dallas’s dining scene

An accomplished chef who’s spent time in the kitchens at spots like Oak Dallas and Deep Ellum’s now-shuttered On The Lamb, Ross Demers is now plotting a new restaurant in East Dallas. According to CultureMap, the chef will open Cry Wolf at 4422 Gaston Avenue sometime later this year. Expect a tight menu of dishes with plenty of French influence, and a laid-back vibe when it arrives.