Ai Sushi Sake Grill has already opened along Cedar Springs, and another Asian restaurant in the gayborhood is set to re-open. Oishii has been shuttered during its renovation, but the popular sushi bar on Wycliffe will reveal its new look starting Oct. 22, if all goes as planned.

Charlie Palmer at the Joule is gone (with plans to reopen in another Dallas location), and Consilient Hospitality — which has taken over the space — will open its new concept, CBD Provisions, on Oct. 10. Coincidentally, Central 214 chef Graham Dodds has just left the Palomar restaurant to join Consilient. Maybe that’s where he’ll end up?

On Sunday, Oak launches its new Exquisite Dinner Series from exec chef Richard Gras. The first, a seven-course menu that will showcase local ingredients, begins with a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. and includes optional wine pairings. $125 person (+$50 with wine).

Blaine Staniford, chef at Fort Worth’s excellent Grace restaurant, has recently opened a new casual concept down the street called Little Red Wasp (think of a Vespa). The bistro-style space holds up to 100 diners, but is meant to be more intimate.

Hunky former Top Chef contestant Tre Wilcox, pictured, who left as chef at Marquee Grill in Highland Park Village last year, will be cooking on Oct. 11 as part of the Chef’s Dinners Series at The Wine Poste in the Design District. The five-course dinner with wine pairings costs $125. Reservations can be made at

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 4, 2013.