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New ‘Fruitcake Fraud’ Documentary Tells Nutty Story About a Famous Texas Bakery

Plus, Braindead Brewing calls it quits

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Devon, England, Fruit cake on a plate with two decorated cups of black coffee on a tray Photo by: Peter Titmus/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

A new documentary begins streaming tomorrow on Discovery+ about the 2013 embezzlement case that ensnared Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, a favorite for fruitcake. The 90-minute “Fruitcake Fraud” doc traces the $17 million that disappeared from the small-town bakery, which was known for shipping holiday desserts all over the world. Turns out a husband-and-wife duo who worked at the bakery dipped their hands into the cookie jar, spending lavishly on cars, trips, and $1.2 million at Neiman Marcus in NorthPark.

Hollywood also has its eye on this true-crime case: CultureMap Dallas notes that a movie version is reportedly in the works, with Will Ferrell set to play the lead role in truly perfect casting.

Braindead Brewing calls it quits

CultureMap Dallas also wrote about the last day for popular Deep Ellum beer bar Braindead Brewing on November 28. On Facebook, the bar posted: “We are thankful for everyone that supported us through almost 7 years of brewpubbing in Deep Ellum, the best neighborhood there ever was.”

The pandemic response shook Braindead Brewing’s business, with founder Sam Wynn posting on Facebook in September that the bar was “out of money, and no more is coming” and that its reopening was against his wishes.

The upcoming EpicCentral will include a fleet of restaurants

The Dallas Business Journal posted renderings of the in-the-works EpicCentral development with multiple hotels in Grand Prairie. The complex will include six new restaurant spaces, set to open in 2022.