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By Debbie Anderson September 14, 2020 No Comments

News, Notes and Observations


Based in Canada, Moxie’s proudly offers poutine on the menu. Below, The Millionaire Margarita will set you back 25 bucks a pop. Sip and enjoy.
Photos courtesy of Moxie’s Grill & Bar

Moxie’s Grill & Bar

Southlake Since fans can’t watch sports in person, where better to tune in than at Tom Gaglardi’s Moxie’s Grill & Bar? (Gaglardi also happens to own the Dallas Stars.) The Canadian-based Moxie’s makes its 092 debut Sept. 10 in Southlake Town Square, taking over the former Cafe Express in its coveted corner location. Spreading over some 9,700 square feet, Moxie’s offers plenty of TV screens inside and on the patio. But it should also appeal to those interested more in aesthetics than games. Natural stone, light woods, contemporary chandeliers and leather seating warm up the interior. The wall adorned with the lighted sign exclaiming Moxie’s motto, “I will if you will,” shines like a dare for revelers. Corporate chef Brandon Thordarson collaborates with colleague Darren Braun on some of the expected items, like Canada’s signature pub dish, poutine (French fries and warm cheese curds bound with hot beef gravy and finished with chives); guacamole and chips; and beef tenderloin. Lighter dishes include a ceviche tower, kale-quinoa salad, sushi handrolls and blackened mahi-mahi. Tempting cocktails include the strawberry-ghost pepper margarita and Tito’s-fueled hard lemonade. At happy hour, Moscow mules are among the $8 specials. Open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as weekend brunch. Southlake Town Square, 1472 Main St., 817-764-2767, us.moxies.com

Harvest Hall

Hotel Vin GRAPEVINE The much-anticipated opening of the food hall component of the Grapevine Main project is slated for October. Harvest Hall is a welcome addition to the complex that includes the now open Hotel Vin and restaurant Bacchus Kitchen + Bar. The seven featured food hall tenants include Four Sisters – A Taste of Vietnam (the Vietnamese comfort food restaurant garners raves in Fort Worth); Arepa TX, with Latin American offerings; Chick & Biscuit (a Southern classics side project from nearby Mason & Dixie); and Spuntino (the Italian regional specialties spinoff from Loveria in Colleyville). Two food trucks, Easy Slider, known for its award-winning burgers, and ZaTaR, offering Mediterranean cuisine with modern tweaks, also are part of the spacious European-style food hall, as is the Third Rail, a bar/listening room with outdoor patio. Follow facebook.com/HarvestHallTX for updates. 815 S. Main St., 817-796-9696, harvesthall.com

The spacious Harvest Hall is designed to feel like an old train station. It’s set to open mid- to late October.
Photo by Meda Kessler


XAR Clothier

makes a move Owner and sharp-dressed man about town Roy Rizwan is combining his men’s and women’s boutiques into one destination at Southlake Town Square. Look for XAR’s selection of casual (including premium denim), business and special-occasion outfits inside the former Columbia Sportswear location, less than a block away from the
current locations, starting in early October. Southlake Town Square, 1253 Main St., xarclothier.com

The Tommy John brand gives men (and women) more options when it comes to undergarments and loungewear.
Photo courtesy of Tommy John

Tommy John

Look good, feel good (even if you’re hanging out on the sofa) With comfortable leisurewear continuing to trend, Tommy John’s decision to expand its brick-and-mortars could not be more welcome. The men’s underwear brand already has a cult following — TJ added a women’s collection in 2018 — and a new store is in the works in Southlake Town Square, the first in North Texas. Founder Tom Patterson wasn’t happy with his underwear options and came up with the idea to focus on fabric, fit and function. He partnered with wife Erin Fujimoto, and Tommy John became a reality in 2008. Now we all want soft undergarments, be it bras, boxers, briefs, boy shorts or thongs. Guys can choose from six styles of underwear, different fabrics and multiple colors (gray, black, navy and white are still the most popular). Women also get a few more choices, with multiple fabric options and colors depending on the style. And don’t forget the rest of the lineup: joggers, sleepwear, T-shirts, tanks, hoodies, socks, leggings. Watch the website for an opening date. Southlake Town Square, 1440 Main St., tommyjohn.com


Christmas at the Gaylord: bigger, brighter and real snow

Too soon to talk about the holidays? Not at the Gaylord Texan Resort. The Grapevine getaway is deep into Christmas planning with a new pop-up movie experience starting in November. “I Love Christmas Movies” features key scenes from 13 movies such as Elf, The Polar Express and A Christmas Story, and invites guests to feel as if they’ve stepped into the story. Yes, you can take photos in front of the Griswolds’ light-bright home from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. There also will be snow tubing, ice skating, a holiday scavenger hunt, Christmas-themed escape rooms and more in the hotel’s vast atriums, which cover 4-plus acres. Of course, the decorations are always over the top: 2 million twinkling lights, 15,000 ornaments and lots of miniature train sets; plus, a new Christmas tree will feature its own light show. Outdoor activities include a walk-through lights attraction and snowman-building with the real stuff. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1; holiday programs take place Nov. 13-Jan. 3. 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, christmasatgaylordtexan.com

Photos courtesy of the Gaylord Texan Resort


Moxie’s Grill & Bar Open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as weekend brunch. Southlake Town Square, 1472 Main St., 817-764-2767, us.moxies.com

Harvest Hall The seven featured food hall residents include Four Sisters – A Taste of Vietnam, Arepa TX, Chick & Biscuit, Spuntino, Easy Slider, ZaTaR, and Third Rail, 815 S. Main St., 817-796-9696, harvesthall.com 

XAR Clothier Southlake Town Square, 1253 Main St., xarclothier.com

Tommy John Southlake Town Square, 1440 Main St., tommyjohn.com

Christmas at the Gaylord Tickets go on sale Oct. 1; holiday programs take place Nov. 13-Jan. 3. 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, christmasatgaylordtexan.com