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New York-style pizza
Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern is the new restaurant concept from Jay Jerrier, owner of Il Cane Rosso. It features New York-style pizza by the slice for people who “hate” Cane Rosso’s authentic Neapolitan pizza. And it’s coming as soon as this month to 202 W. Davis, a renovated Long John Silver’s that is the former home to BEE Enchiladería and The Quinn tavern. Here’s how the new restaurant’s Facebook page describes it: “If you hate Cane Rosso, you’ll love Zoli’s. True Old School NY style pizza joint — made with a love and a little bit of anger by a genuine I-talian from New York.” That “genuine I-talian” is Lee Hunzinger, who lives in Dallas and is developing the menu with Jerrier. Jerrier started Cane Rosso as a mobile business, offering catering and pop-up pizzerias from a brick oven on a trailer before opening Il Cane Rosso restaurant in Deep Ellum, and he recently opened a second Cane Rosso near White Rock Lake.
Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern, 202 W. Davis, 214.741.1188
A new nonprofit in Oak Cliff is keeping it old school, quite literally. School Class is a concept from California native John Neal. The school, which is adjacent to the Kessler Theater, invites community members to teach classes on topics including 3-D knitting, the history of death metal, hobo graffiti and other subjects you never learned in school. Neal says he wants the classes to be inspired and rarely repeated. Neal is taking the school theme all the way, offering lockers, electing a student council, publishing an annual yearbook and sponsoring field trips. Classes are free, although donations are accepted, and there’s drinking involved: School Class is byob.
School Class, 1222 W. Davis, schoolclass.org
The two guys behind Pata Negra, the monthly paella y película party at the Texas Theatre, have plans to open a bookstore in Bishop Arts. The Wild Detectives would be more than just a bookstore. Owners Javier Garcia del Moral and Paco Vique, both civil engineers from Spain, want to offer records, coffee, food and a bar.
The Wild Detectives, 314 W. Eighth
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Attorney Chad West is renovating a former car-stereo shop on West Davis at Tyler for his law practice. West, who founded the Dash for the Beads 5k, moved from Oak Cliff to a space in Oak Lawn last year.
Chad West, PLLC; chadwestlaw.com
The city of Dallas has commissioned Oak Cliff-based artist Carlos Donjuan to create murals on walls beneath the Jefferson Street Viaduct.
Carlos Donjuan, carlosdonjuan.com
Oak Cliff-based developer Brent Jackson broke ground last month on Sylvan | Thirty, a residential/retail development to be anchored by Cox Farms Market. The development is expected to open next year.
Sylvan | Thirty, iheartsylvanthirty.com