Need a chic but conversational place to grab coffee and network? Check out Austin-based Houndstooth Coffee, now open at the Sylvan | Thirty development in West Dallas. Encompassing 2,100 square feet, the flexible, multiuse space is a day-to-night concept with a coffee bar occupying an airy, sunlit space, and Jettison, a bar component offering a private retreat for cocktails and conversation. 

Focusing on clean lines and simplicity, Houndstooth Coffee has bar seating and standing room that allows for 360-degree engagement, as well as covered patios and flexible seating options. The configuration allows groups to enjoy the space together while using individual spots for breakaway conversations and out-of-the-office work. 

“With this new location, we really wanted to challenge ourselves and keep pushing the coffee conversation forward,” says Sean Henry, owner of Houndstooth Coffee. “This new space lends itself to introducing allnew elements, and we’re excited to not just replicate the successes of our other locations, but to continue to evolve as our brand grows.”

Houndstooth Coffee opened its first location in Austin in May 2010, on the corner of 42nd and Lamar streets, and has opened two more stores in addition to the latest Sylvan | Thirty location—a second Austin location on Congress Avenue in Austin and a Dallas store on Henderson Avenue.  

Houndstooth Coffee also offers personal barista service that can bring the café experience to events. This service includes an expertly trained barista, an espresso cart and brewed coffee—by the cup or in group quantity—as well as pastry options. 

Built at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie’s at Green Pastures was once the estate of Henry and Martha “Mattie” Miner Faulk. In 1946, Faulk’s daughter Mary and Mary’s husband Chester Koock opened the fine dining restaurant Green Pastures at the address, and over the years, they hosted lavish parties and grand occasions for celebrities, governors and visiting dignitaries. Mary Koock also catered many parties at the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch.

 

If you’ve spent time in noon board meetings or luncheon team strategy sessions, you’ve likely suffered through the traditional buffet of cold cuts and stale cookies that have seemingly become the norm for these occasions. But rejoice: Like all things Texas, boxed lunch options in our state are far from standard. Here are a few standout caterers that offer creative menus, seasonal fare, and a commitment to satisfying every palate by offering gluten-free, dairy-free, keto-friendly and vegan selections. 

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