Category Archives: Food and Wine

Guinness’ first US brewery in 60 years opens its doors

By IrishCentral Staff/@IrishCentral

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, opened its doors August 3 in Halethorp, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. 

It’s the first Guinness brewery in the US in 60 years!

The “mid-sized brewery” and “innovation microbrewery” will focus on brewing beers specifically targeted for the U.S. market, like Guinness Blonde and Guinness IPA which have been launched in recent years. They’ll be serving 16 beers on tap, including favorites from Dublin and brand new beers brewed on premises. 

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395 people sickened in McDonald’s salad outbreak

By Kevin Flower and Debra Goldschmidt, CNN

Federal health officials reported Thursday an additional 109 cases of cyclospora infection in an ongoing outbreak linked to McDonald’s salads that began in May.

The total number of laboratory-confirmed illnesses from this outbreak is now 395, according to a statement from the US Food and Drug Administration. At least 16 of the sick individuals have been hospitalized.

The cyclospora parasite causes intestinal illness in people who consumed contaminated food or water. Symptoms can begin a week or more after consuming the parasite.

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For Big Mac’s 50th anniversary, McDonald’s is giving away free burgers

By Jonathan Raymond

(RNN) – Believe it or not, MacCoin is not a cryptocurrency.

Screen Shot 2018-07-31 at 3.39.14 PMThe Big Mac turns 50 this year, and McDonald’s is celebrating by creating what it calls a “global currency” that will come with, and then later redeem, Big Mac burgers.

McDonald’s is minting more than 6.2 million of the coins across 50 countries. There will be five different designs, in seven different languages, for the five decades of the Big Mac.

Beginning Aug. 2 and running through the end of the year, customers can get a MacCoin with a Big Mac, and starting the next day they will be able to use the coin for another, free Big Mac.

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170 people say they got sick after eating at a Chipotle restaurant that was shut down on Monday

By Hayley Peterson


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  • Chipotle closed a restaurant in Powell, Ohio, on Monday following reports that customers got sick after eating there.
  • More than 170 people said they fell ill after eating at the restaurant, according to reports made to the website
  • The local health department said that it received illness reports from seven customers on Sunday and Monday and that it sent officials to the Chipotle restaurant on Monday for an inspection only to find the restaurant closed.
  • Chipotle had two to five staff members call off work while citing illness on Sunday and Monday, the company told health officials.

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Taco Bell sued by staff after California outlets BANNED them from taking their discounted meals home


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California Taco Bell employees brought a lawsuit against the fast food company for banning them from leaving the restaurant during their lunch breaks if they bought food using their employee discount.

In compliance with state law, Taco Bell gives employees a 30-minute meal break and, as a bonus, offers them the option of purchasing a discounted meal, with the understanding that they have to eat what they buy inside the restaurant.   

The fast food company apparently put the practice into place in an attempt to prevent ‘theft,’ stopping employees from using their discounts for food they’d turn around and give to their family and friends, Inc. reported. 

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Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ ships off hot coals to new Arlington location

By Teresa Gubbins


Lockhart Smokehouse

The barbecue is coming, the barbecue is coming: Lockhart Smokehouse, the acclaimed local barbecue restaurant from Jill and Jeff Bergus, will open its third location at Texas Live, in the Arlington entertainment district, on August 9.

Lockhart specializes in smoked meats in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Jill Bergus is the granddaughter of the legendary Edgar “Smitty” Schmidt who ran Kreuz Market for over 40 years in Lockhart. For this restaurant, she collaborated with her cousin and now-owner of Kreuz Market, Keith Schmidt, to bring that central Texas flavor to Dallas.

They opened their first location in Oak Cliff in 2011, and a second location in Plano in 2014.

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BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar celebrates grand opening in Grapevine



Rendering courtesy of Grapevine City Council

BoomerJack’s Grill & Bar celebrated its grand opening July 23 at 201 W. SH 114, Grapevine. BoomerJack’s is occupying the space formerly left by Joe’s Crab Shack. The restaurant serves chicken wings, burgers and drinks, and it will feature a daily happy hour and specials. This location has a 16-foot LED television, a large outdoor patio and a bar made out of a shipping container. 817-527-6984.

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Corky’s Gaming Bistro in Grapevine announces opening date


Corky’s Gaming Bistro announced plans to open Aug. 6 at 3520 N. Grapevine Mills Blvd., Grapevine. The business will include dining for about 120 guests with indoor and patio seating, retro video and pinball games, an escape room and an axe-throwing room. 817-532-5000.

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Bishop Cidercade offers patrons new and vintage games, refreshing cider

By Stacey Doud, Editor-In-Chief

CidercadeLogoThe Bishop Cidercade, located at 2777 Irving Blvd, Suite 200, in Dallas, consists of a warehouse showcasing over 165 arcade games, as well as a good selection of Bishop Cider and basic wines.

The Cidercade is open seven days a week, and if you have a $10 bill, you can play every game in the warehouse as many times as you’d like. They also have monthly passes for just $10 more per person. The Cidery is family-friendly during the day, but you must be 21+ after 8pm. Ages 5 and up are required to pay the $10 admission.

I may be showing my age, but playing games like the original Ms. Pac-Man table version, Joust, Galaga, Centipede, Tempest and Q-Bert brought back fond memories, even though I was out-of-practice, and the pinball games held my attention for quite a while!

On “Fighters’ Row,” you’ll find 10+ head-to-head fighting games. There are 18 games on “Pinball Row,” from Indiana Jones to KISS to Star Wars. They also offer two 5 vs. 5 Killer Queen cabinets to support 20 KQ players, and KQ meet-ups are held every Monday at 7pm.

If your tummy starts growling, the Cidercade provides several menus from local eateries that you can peruse to have food delivered, as they don’t have a kitchen. A vending machine provides typical snacks if you can’t wait or are just feeling snack-ish. You are also welcome to bring your own food, and there are many picnic-style tables inside and outside to sit and enjoy your meal. On the weekends, food trucks come by around 2pm, offering sustenance, varying from Craft Sausages to Italian fare to grilled cheese sandwiches.

Tours of the production-of-cider side of the business are offered on the first Saturday of each month at 12:30pm. The Cidery’s founder, Joel Malone, talks about the history of the business, “Cider Convictions,” and how they turn apple juice into the finest adult beverages. You’ll be able to learn about the entire process, from juice to can. Tours are free for anyone that has already paid the $10 Cidercade admission. Reservations are not required for tours.

For more information, call (214) 364-7728, email or just stop by 2777 Irving Blvd, Suite 200 in Dallas.

The Cidery is available for private events for up to 450 people. To inquire about holding an event there, contact Events Manager Lindsey McNeny at or call (214) 984-6629.

All other inquiries may be directed to Manager Sean Dockery by emailing or calling (817) 907-3472.


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North Texas Restaurant Makes TripAdvisor List of Top Burger Joints in the US

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North Texans know there’s no shortage of great burgers around DFW.

But one hamburger stands above the rest in Texas and almost all others in the country, according to a new list of 10 best restaurants for burgers.

TripAdvisor named Grumps Burgers, with its four locations around North Texas, as the fourth best burger joint in the country.

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