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The Spillers Group opens Uptown nanobrewery

The Spillers Group, which owns Eno’s and is a partner in Oddfellows, has opened Union Bear, a nanobrewery in Uptown. The Union Bear menu features seasonal fare by executive chef Jon Kleifgen, including black truffle salami and mushroom pizza, mini short rib sliders and Texas shrimp po’ boy. With 40 taps, the beer selection is touted as “supremely high level without being expensive and pretentious.” One highlight: the top level, 360-degree indoor/outdoor bar that opens to the West Village patio.

Salvation Army Thrift Store will not re-open

Last summer, a DART bus crashed through the Salvation Army Thrift Store on West Jefferson at Polk. Luckily, no one was hurt in that accident, as it happened at about 6 a.m. on a Saturday. Salvation Army has decided not to reopen the West Jefferson store; the 6,650-square-foot building is for sale. It is listed, as is, for $550,000. C.J. Dunn Commercial already is negotiating with a potential buyer, says Patrick Patey, a Salvation Army spokesman for the Dallas area. Salvation Army decided to make the thrift store on Village Fair its “anchor” in Oak Cliff. “That was our smallest store,” Patey says. “So it was a good time to go ahead and let the other one be the anchor store in Oak Cliff.”

Greenling organic grocery service expands to Dallas

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Greenling web-based organic grocery delivery company recently launched operations in the Dallas area.The company, which started in Austin and also serves San Antonio, has a new warehouse in Allen. Greenling sells local and organic produce, bread, meat and dairy, as well as “sustainably produced” groceries and sundry items and delivers to homes and offices.

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1. The Texas Hospital Association has named Methodist Health System a winner of its 2011 Excellence in Community Service Award. The award is in response to Methodist’s Life Shines Bright Pregnancy Program, which focuses on reducing the number of pre-term births in the Oak Cliff area.

2. The Foundry, a new beer garden from the co-owners of Smoke and bar Belmont, is now open on Fort Worth Avenue. This super-casual spot features live music on the weekends. Next door, Chicken Scratch, a family-friendly, homestyle-cooking concept from the same owners, has plans to open this month.

3. Ten Bells Tavern will soon open in the Bishop Arts District. Named after a London pub, Ten Bells Tavern will serve up a Bristish-influenced menu and beers and ciders.