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Beloved Dallas Sandwich Shop Great American Hero Will Close

Plus, natural wine shop Bar & Garden is headed to a new home and more DFW dining intel

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Longtime Dallas sandwich shop Great American Hero is closing this fall.
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Storied Dallas sub shop Great American Hero is closing for good

Great American Hero, the candy-colored sandwich shop that’s been a fixture of Lemmon Avenue for nearly 50 years, will be closing by the end of the year. Owner Dominick Oliverie, who has run the shop since 1974, is ready to retire, he told CultureMap, especially after the stress of the last two years.

Oliverie, a new Jersey native, moved to Dallas with his wife, who worked for American Airlines. He’d previously worked at a sandwich shop in Morristown, and wanted to open an east Coast-style sub shop in Dallas. The restaurant is known for everything from meatball subs to Cubans to malts, shakes and cream sodas. No word yet on an exact closing date, by Oliverie said he hopes to be retired by October.

Avoca Coffee Roasters now open in Mule Alley

Avoca, the premium coffee roaster known for small-batch beans and attention to detail, has opened its third location in Fort Worth. The spot, at 128 E Exchange Avenue at the Stockyards, opened last week, with outdoor seating and a selection of beers from local breweries.

All of Avoca’s beans are “micro-roasted” in Fort Worth. In addition to drinks like the Bourbon Butterscotch Latte and expertly-brewed espresso, Avoca is also famous for a beverage called the “Charlie Sheen” — iced coffee mixed with Mexican Coke.

Organic wine shop Bar & Garden is relocating

Bar & Garden, the wine shop with one of Dallas’s best selections of natural wines, is getting new digs next summer. The shop will be moving just a few blocks away from its current location, at 3314 Ross Avenue, to a new spot that will likely provide more foot traffic. The new location, 1900 North Haskell Avenue, is right across from hotly anticipated barbecue restaurant Loro and next to E-Bar Tex Mex, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Managing partner Julie Buckner first opened Bar & Garden in 2017 after a few bad reactions to standard wine. Natural wine, she told the DMN, did not make her feel bad the next day. Now Buckner was to educate other wine drinkers about the benefits of natural and organize wine.

Bar & Garden is expected to relocate in mid-2022.

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