Dish set to expand to Preston Hollow location Feb. 24

For reasons I can’t quite put my finger on, I feel a degree of pride about the opening next Tuesday of the first satellite location of Dish Restaurant. Do you feel me? It feels like one of our flock has left the nest.

DISH_©Marple_141The original Dish opened at the ilume in 2009, and has thrived as a popular hangout for the gay community, especially with the monthly Drag Brunch (which, by the way, is this Sunday) as well as its refreshing menu, New Year’s Eve service, parade-ready patio and much more. Of course, Dish’s owner, Tim McEneny, has had plenty of experience at other restaurants in town; it’s not like Dish was his only venture. But Tim has always embraced the gay community, and it’s something of a compliment that “our” Dish has become the prototype for what he plans to be more “renditions” opening across North Texas and, for that matter, the country.

The new Dish — which will start serving lunch and dinner on Feb. 24, and Saturday/Sunday brunch on Feb. 28/March 1 — will have exec chef Andrew Bell on hand, and will feature Asian pulled-pork salad, signature flatbreads (pictured), diver scallops and many other familiar plate. The location will be 8611 Hillcrest Ave., at the corner of Northwest Highway.

In other lunch-y new, Henry’s Majestic officially opened for lunch yesterday.

Also in foodie-news, Chinese New Year officially begins tomorrow, Feb. 19, and Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck will be commemorating all week long with an extravagant five-course tasting menu through Feb. 27. As a special treat on Friday, the restaurant will have a Market Night, featuring market stalls, lion dancers and a complimentary glass of champagne for all guests. And with 2015 being the Year of the Sheep, among the items will be a cumin-soy sheep-chop. The meal is $110/person ($155 with wine pairings). Reservations can be made by calling 214-741-5560.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

The Perot Museum: A different perspective

I just got back from a media tour of the Perot Museum of Science and Nature, the Borg Cube-ish structure fronting Woodall Rodgers, and I’ll tell you, the building is impressive. The external escalator will be a hit, and the fourth floor dinosaur room is gonna wow people. There’ll even be a cafe operated by Wolfgang Puck, and a separate entrance for schoolchildren to keep them segregated from those of us who don’t scream and sneeze on our sleeves. (Anymore.)

But what made the tour especially interesting was, I was one of only two gay men (I know of) in the press corps. And since the other was style diva Steve Kemble, it naturally follows I would ask him the most important question of the day: How do you dress for a construction site tour and remain fabulous.

Steve managed it. And here’s what he said:

Steve Kemble's construction site chic look

In vest. “I wore a Louis Vuitton scarf to counteract the attention from this awful reflective vest,” he said. The neck wrap was subtle, but added a stylish flare around the neck.

You can’t avoid hat head. Attendees were required to wear hard hats, so a smash up-do wasn’t possible. But there was an upside. “I have to give props to the Perot people for adding color to the hats, Kemble said, “instead of those dreadful, boring white ones.” Also, the hats weren’t visibly scuffed. We considered stealing them.

These boots were made for walking. The pre-tour press info was very specific: Long pants and no open-toe shoes or heels. Ugh, said Kemble. “I hate not being in heels,” he sighed. But not to worry: He made up for it with a pair of Gucci chocolate leather boots worn over the jean so everyone could see fashion and recognize it. “I was not going to wear those boring work boots!” he insisted. (P.S. I was wearing Timberland boots … pretty much what Kemble pooh-poohed.)

Have a belt. Finally, a studded stacked leather belt from Versace completed the ensemble. “I can hang tools from this!” Kemble said. Yeah, Steve, we’re not sure a crimping iron counts as a tool…

—  Arnold Wayne Jones