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Hall’s Honey-Fried Chicken: The Legacy Continues

A young entrepreneur makes her mark on the family business.

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MacKenzie Hall and John Hall (Photos courtesy of Hall’s Honey Fried Chicken)

True Dallasites know the story – the real story – of Hall’s Honey-Fried Chicken, but I will let you read it in the family’s own words:

Hall’s Honey-Fried Chicken, founded by John Hall, is a spinoff of Dallas’ most famous chicken family – Henderson’s Chicken Shack, which was founded by John’s grandfather, Herman Henderson. Originally named the Chicken Shack in 1948, it was rebranded to Henderson’s Chicken Shack in 1952. The Thomas Ave/Hall St. location became legendary as the spot for the best fried chicken in Dallas. Herman’s son, Robert, joined the business in 1958 and the father-son duo operated several family owned stores in the Dallas and Houston area (Henderson’s Coffee Shop) until the late 90’s.

In 1989, with Robert’s blessing to use the “original” recipe, John opened Hall’s Chik’N 7 on Lancaster Rd. This location relocated to Camp Wisdom and was rebranded Hall’s Chicken Shack in 1992. John, along with his siblings, opened and operated several locations throughout Dallas.

To honor his grandfather’s legacy, John merged the two brands together and formed Hall’s Honey-Fried Chicken.

For more than 70 years, fried chicken lovers in Dallas have enjoyed the Henderson-Hall family recipe for lunch, dinner and special occasions.

Recently, MacKenzie Hall, daughter of John Hall, joined the family business in a new way, as the owner of the location in the Dallas Medical District.

MacKenzie wore several hats – from customer service to processing payroll – at the Duncanville location, before leaning in (with that help of her father) and opening up her own.

“I knew that I didn’t want to go back to grad school and I didn’t really want to work for anyone,” says MacKenzie. “Owning a business is hard – you are never really off – but in the end it’s what I really wanted to do.”

Since the Dallas Medical District location opened, there has been a steady stream of customers, both familiar and unfamiliar with the Henderson and Hall names. MacKenzie admits to enjoying telling customers that she is the owner and watching the jaws drop.

When asked if she is interested in opening up more locations, the young entrepreneur enthusiastically says: “Yes, I would love to have more, but that comes in time.”

Hall’s Honey-Fried Chicken, located at 1407 Medical District Drive in Dallas, is open Sunday 12pm to 11pm, Monday through Thursday: 10:30am to 11:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 10:30am to 2:00am.

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The Ultimate Cocktail Experience Returns

Some of the best bartenders in the metroplex will come together for a cause.

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The Ultimate Cocktail Experience – one of the world’s largest charity cocktail events – is back for its eighth year.

The festivities will take place October 13 at Harlowe MXM, the Deep Ellum spot with one of the city’s best rooftops.

Each year, the event carries a unique theme. This year, the theme is ALL STARS, where winners from the past 5 years will be battling it out for the championship. Each returning winner will captain one of the bars and will be responsible for creating an original concept and menu of drinks.

The bar captains are:

· Kyle Hilla, The Statler

· Zach Smigiel, Billy Can Can

· Andrew Stofko, Te Deseo

· Ravinder Singh, Beverley’s

· Megan McClinton, The Usual

All proceeds from the Ultimate Cocktail Experience will benefit Trigger’s Toys and go toward reducing the financial and emotional stress on chronically-ill children and their families. Through the event, the organization is able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to assist those in need.

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Wahlburgers is Coming to Frisco

The celebrity-owned burger joint will open the first Texas outpost this fall at The Star in Frisco.

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Jason Witten and Mark Wahlberg (Photo courtesy of Wahlburgers)

At Dallas Cowboys training camp this past Saturday, Mark Wahlberg attended as part of an announcement that Wahlburgers will open its first restaurant in Texas this fall at The Star in Frisco – the Dallas Cowboys World Corporate Headquarters and Training Facility.

The popular casual dining burger and bar concept founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Chef Paul Wahlberg will bring its diverse lineup of burgers, sandwiches, sides and specialty drinks to one of most popular entertainment districts in North Texas.

“We are all huge sports fans and to be able to open our first Texas location in tandem with a legendary organization like the Dallas Cowboys is icing on the cake,” said Mark Wahlberg.

Wahlberg attended the practice as a special guest of the Cowboys to watch them take the field and also spend time speaking with players, coaches and ownership.

“On behalf of the Jones family, we are excited to team up with the Wahlbergs and bring their successful Wahlburgers restaurant to The Star in Frisco,” said Dallas Cowboys Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones. “Working together with family to create a solid business with strong values is something both the Joneses and Wahlbergs have in common, and we’re thrilled that our fans and visitors alike will be able to enjoy everything Wahlburgers brings to our campus.”

Created by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, the chef-inspired menu features an emphasis on made-to-order, high-quality, delicious food that represents a selection of his family’s favorite dishes they shared together.

The brothers’ favorite burgers include:

  • Donnie’s choice: BBQ Bacon Burger, described as a “spiced-up weekend barbecue on a bun,” topped with white cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, fresh jalapeños and barbecue sauce
  • Mark’s choice: Thanksgiving Day, “like Thanksgiving leftovers on a bun,” made with fresh ground seasoned turkey, stuffing, Paul’s house made orange-cranberry sauce, roasted butternut squash and mayo
  • Paul’s choice: Wahlburger’s signature Our Burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, government cheese, Paul’s signature Wahl sauce and pickles “just like Dad used to grill in the backyard”

In addition to its line-up of burgers, sandwiches and Wahlbowls, Wahlburgers also provides a full-service bar that makes for a perfect gathering spot for guests, offering a wide selection of cocktails, wine and beer, including its signature Wahlbrewski, a custom brewed unfiltered Pale Ale from Boston-based Harpoon Brewery.

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Stampede 66 by Stephan Pyles to Host Five-Course Sangria Dinner

Summertime sangrias and a delicious menu await you.

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Stampede 66 by Stephan Pyles at Delta Hotels Dallas Allen continues their monthly pairing dinners with a five-course sangira dinner featuring Messina Hof Winery.

On Monday, August 12 at 6:30pm, Tiffany Hand of Republic National Distributing Company will guide guests through the summertime sangria pairing choices as Chef Pyles and Executive Chef Race describe each course.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

First Course – Shared Appetizers: Ash Baked Brie with Chipotle-Raspberry Jam and Local Goat Cheese Dip with Crudité
Wine: White Apple Peach Sangria

Second Course – Tapas Style: Steamed Mussels, Fried Olives, Pan Con Tomate, Pickled Carrots, Blistered Padron Peppers
Wine: Classic Red Sangria

Third Course: Fried Calamari Taco with Lemon-Garlic Aioli
Wine: White Orange, Lemon & White Grape Sangria

Fourth Course: Grilled Flank Steak, Cilantro Chimichurri, Spicy Chorizo Risotto, Roasted Summer Heirloom Vegetables
Wine: Cherry Blood Orange Red Sangria

Fifth Course: Grilled Summer Fruits, Fruity Pebbles Macaron, Chocolate Salami
Wine: Pink Strawberry Raspberry Sangria

Space is limited. Spots can be reserved for $65 plus tax and gratuity. Please reserve your spot by calling Stampede 66 directly at 469.675.0800.

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