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Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott Scores a Big Stake in Drew Brees’s Restaurant Chain

Plus, Eataly debuts a new all-day cafe this week and more DFW dining intel

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is getting into the restaurant business

Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott has signed on as a co-owner of Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, the Cajun sports bar also co-owned by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The news comes after Prescott signed a four-year, $160 million contract extension with the Cowboys to stay in Dallas. Under the Walk-Ons deal, Prescott will acquire a 20 percent ownership stake in the chain’s North Texas locations, including restaurants in Arlington, Waco, Las Colinas, and The Colony.

In an interview with CNBC, Prescott said he grew up going to Walk-Ons restaurants in his home state of Louisiana, and that the chain’s location in Bossier City, LA, even has a high school photo of him on the wall. (Walk-Ons was originally founded by a pair of former Louisiana State University basketball players.) The new deal is part of an expansion program for the chain, which plans to add even more North Texas locations in the next couple of years.

Eataly’s brand new all-day cafe to open May 6

Eataly, the massive Italian market that opened late last year in NorthPark Center, is preparing to debut its all-day cafe this Friday, May 6 at 5 p.m.

Caffè Lavazza will offer coffee, casual eats, and afternoon cocktails from the first floor of Eataly, with both dine-in and take-away options. Dishes include paninetti breakfast sandwiches, spinach and ricotta-stuffed puff pastries, salads, and small pizzas.

Caffè Lavazza will also be offering La Torre, a dining experience that’s a staple of metropolitan Italian bars. La Torrre is a multi-tiered tower of savory and sweet bites meant for sharing or enjoying alone. The tower will be offered all day long and will be topped with dishes made fresh each day.

Meat Fight launches new box today benefitting people with MS

Meat Fight, the Dallas nonprofit that sells “benefit boxes” stuffed with goodies from all kinds of local restaurants, is launching its latest box today. The Meat Fight 1K box is stuffed with barbecue, beer, and treats from DFW restaurants like Petra and the Beast, Lucia, Easy Slider, Lockhart Smokehouse, and more, and costs $135. Boxes will be ready for pickup on May 29, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, and even come with a 1K “finisher’s medal.” All of the proceeds from the box go directly to Meat Fight’s Meat Bike program, which purchases bikes and other fitness equipment for athletes living with multiple sclerosis. The box can be ordered now via this link, but be quick — one of Meat Fight’s previous box sold out in just six hours.