The most exciting, of course, is the one that involves donuts. Garland-based Southern Maid donuts leased a building on West Davis in the triangle between Polk, Tyler and King’s Highway. It’s the blue-and-yellow building that used to be a tire shop, and it’s already under construction.

Chef David Uyger has leased a restaurant space on Eighth Street, adjacent to Dude, Sweet Chocolate in the Bishop Arts District. According to this DMN blog, the Italian restaurant will focus on using local ingredients. Uyger was the chef at Lola, the mega pricey restaurant, now closed, in the Crescent Court.

And this one is long overdue: Monica Greene of Monica’s Aca y Alla and several other restaurants past and present, says she wants to open a new restaurant in Oak Cliff called Distrito. She hasn’t leased anything so far, but we can’t wait to find out what she has in store with Distrito. Monica’s is an every day lunch and happy-hour spot now, but I remember when it was one of the hottest places in town. We learned to salsa dance there in the 90s. Maybe we’ll learn a new dance at Distrito.