Editor’s Note: A lot has happened this week, so here is your chance to catch up. Read on for the most popular headlines of the week.
1. The Dallas suburbs buys a new Ferris wheel that rivals the famous Texas Star of Fair Park. The Grandscape in The Colony launched the Grandscape Wheel, a nearly 200-foot-tall Ferris wheel that rivals the Texas Star, a mainstay of the Texas State Fair. Open September 10, the Grandscape Wheel features 42 air-conditioned gondolas with music for cyclists to enjoy views of The Colony, nearby Frisco, and the North Texas skyline.
2. The number of “super commuters” in North Texas has increased by almost 50%. The number of so-called “super commuters” – those who travel at least 90 minutes to get to work and 90 minutes or more to get home – increased by 49% in the Dallas-Fort Worth area from 2010 to 2019 This is according to a new analysis by Apartment List of data from the US Census Bureau.
3. The Cafe Express space at Dallas Mockingbird Station is home to a new fine dining restaurant. There is a new tenant for one of Dallas’ hottest restaurants, the old Cafe Express at Mockingbird Station. It’s called The Finch and according to a statement, it will be a chic new restaurant serving American cuisine, which will open in spring 2022.
4. Where to drink in Dallas right now: 5 bars with large outdoor patios. Even before the pandemic, patios were a big thing. Dallas has time to support them most of the year and has amassed a collection of well-known outdoor spaces. Now, in these times of a pandemic, you want some distance. You want your own space. These five large patios provide a good drink and plenty of space to drink it.
5. The quirky and charming shipping container hotel is Fredericksburg’s cutest new getaway. One of Fredericksburg’s newer overnight accommodations takes the shipping container building trend to the next level. Odonata Escape, opened by Austin residents and husband-and-wife duo Davis and Mary Susan Gilmer in late 2020, is a secluded vacation resort created from several brightly colored, cargo-worthy shipping containers.