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Birdie’s Eastside to Bring West Texas to East Dallas

Plus a Barbie pop-up and a 1920s themed speakeasy in your A.M. intel

A large restaurant with ample outdoor space is sketched out. A large sign reads: Birdie’s.
A rendering of what Birdie’s Eastside will look like.
Imperial Fizz Hospitality
Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

Mockingbird Lane on the east side of Dallas is poised to get a new restaurant. Birdie’s Eastside announced its opening, projected for winter 2023, in the former Luby’s space on Mockingbird at Norris Street. The location is massive, with room for over 250 diners and a whopping 7,000 square feet outdoor patio with an adults-only resort-style bar and a play area for kids, all spread over 2.2 acres. Owner Jon Alexis of Imperial Fizz Hospitality says the space is to give the neighborhood a “no-wait” option.

As far as the menu goes, casual is the order of the day — with a lot of handheld foods, according to a press release that lists wings, edamame hummus, fresh-baked flatbreads, salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, pasta, plus “fork and knife entrees.”

Come on, Barbie, let’s have a cocktail

The Whippersnapper announced it’s hosting a Barbie-themed pop-up in which it transforms into Barbie’s Dream House (er, without knocking down all the walls), going from Thursday, August 10 to Saturday, September 30. It will serve themed foods, including Barbie’s Burger, Teresa’s Tenders, and a California Club, plus cocktails named for the Barbie-verse, including the Life in Plastic and He’s Just Ken (we’re assuming that will be served with a mug of male tears).

A press release referred to it as a “Bar-bie” pop-up.

Celebrating a century with a speakeasy

As Le Meridien at the Stoneleigh wraps up its centennial celebration, it is hosting one final pop-up speakeasy in the building — they were trendy in the 1920s, thanks to Prohibition, and are primed for a comeback in the age of inflation. If you want to experience this thematic trip back in time, with food and drinks from the 1920s in its 11th-floor Library Bar, register online for a chance to buy tickets for the event on Thursday, August 17. Admission will be limited and, according to a press release, include “include valet parking, dinner, two cocktails from the 1920s-inspired menu, and live entertainment” with “full access to the historic 11th-floor library bar and storied living and dining room and corridors.” They will also get a chance to win two free tickets to The Stoneleigh Hotel’s Centennial Gala on October 26, 2023.

If you’re not already aware of Stoneleigh’s history, over the past 100 years, some notable names have stayed there, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lauren Bacall, Tom Cruise, Yoko Ono, and Dan Aykroyd.