1. — restaurants/business: City Cafe host and co-owner Karim Alaoui and his crew are out to combine social networking (Facebook use) and actual networking (sitting in a tangible place with other live humans) while working the kitchen to keep you wined and fed.
Now get this. As part of some 25th-anniversary buzz for the popular restaurant, Alaoui plans to unveil its official Facebook page at 5 p.m. tonight. His hope: That you’ll drop in for free wine and appetizers while leaving comments and hitting the “like” button.
Seriously. City Cafe is even lending out laptops for the occasion.
For more about Alaoui and his fans, pick up Friday’s issue of Park Cities People.
2. — retail/business: The Market@Home is up and running in its new Snider Plaza location, and the spot last occupied by Flavors From Afar has recently been leased. Stay tuned for details.
3. — monkey business: So I’m feeling out a potential story about narrow alleyways in North Dallas/near the Park Cities, and city trash trucks that are technically too large to drive through said alleys without causing damage.
The wild ‘n’ crazy part:
Field research has resulted in A. One entirely broken-off passenger mirror, made street-legal an hour later with a tube of Super Glue, B. A distant but agitated bystander who appeared to note my license plate/make a phone call after I cruised the same alley twice (I can’t blame the guy) and C. No story – yet. But I did talk with a homeowner in Preston Hollow whose back easement has been damaged enough by trash trucks to affect the level of her lawn and dislodge her fence. Repeatedly.
What do you think? Has anyone had recent alley, easement, or garbage-collection issues you don’t mind discussing on the record? The Park Cities obviously have their own sanitation departments, but I’d like to draw comparisons – or even throw in some praise. Whatever you can share.