1) An article in Friday's Dallas Morning News states that Ritz-Carlton is a few weeks away from announcing construction of a hotel at an uptown site. There aren't any restaurant details in the article; but odds are, in a city this size, they'll put forth enough effort in the Dining Room to land at least 4 Mobil stars. (Note, however, that Ritz-Carlton has been shopping around for a Dallas location for many years. I think they may have even announced intentions for a specific site once or twice, only to have the deal fall through. So we can't count chickens at this point.)
2) An article in D Magazine says that Phil Romano is bringing an outpost of New York City's Il Mulino (often considered one of NYC's best) to the former Casa Domniguez spot on Cedar Springs.
P.S. According to D Magazine's chefs' poll, Chris Ward is the best chef in Dallas. Hmm. Anyway, it's nice to see Van Roberts and Lola get some credit in the best restaurant and wine program categories. (BTW, has anyone been to the main restaurant--not the Tasting Room--since Chris Peters left? Better, worse, the same?) And La Duni is such a great little restaurant at its price point that I'm glad to see Dunia Borga get some recognition.