A stone house built in the 1940s is now Colleyville’s newest neighborhood restaurant

A new spot is opening in Colleyville this week: Stone House Restaurant is serving up fresh-food-focused dinners. The new spot, which opened Monday, sits inside a 1940s stone house in Colleyville — hence the name.

Co-owners and Colleyville residents Paul and Lisa Pardo thought they had retired from the restaurant business before opening Stone House. Previously, they owned Coal Vines Pizza and Wine Bar in Southlake.

However, every time they drove by the stone house in Colleyville, Lisa said they were inspired.

“To us, it just kept saying ‘restaurant,'” she said.

A storm brews south east of Rooftop Cinema Club drive-in off Central Expressway in Dallas, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Catching a drive-in movie is one of our socially distanced date ideas.

And so they moved to open a restaurant and they’ve brought in two partners: a chef and general manager, both with previous careers at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group.

Chef Thomas Dritsas was the corporate executive chef at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group for more than 20 years, according to the restaurant’s website. Lisa Pardo said that the chef’s focus for the Stone House Restaurant menu has been on fresh food and ingredients.

Greg Kalina was formerly general manager for Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group in Fort Worth. Now, he’s part of the Stone House team as a partner and general manager.

Opening a restaurant in a pandemic proved a “blessing,” and Lisa said it gave them more time to prepare and the ability to move at a slower, more relaxed pace in the process.

With the menu focused on fresh fixings, Lisa brought attention to the variety of what they call “shareables,” with items like queso, hummus, oysters, shrimp, biscuits and more.

Their menu boasts a variety of steaks and chops, from a hand-cut filet mignon to lamb sirloin, and other entrees like shrimp and grits and “roasted 7 spice chicken.”

Lisa noted that one of their signature cocktails, The Boulevard, is named for the street the restaurant sits on: Colleyville Boulevard. She called it a pineapple martini and said it’s “absolutely delicious.”

Stone House Restaurant serves dinner Monday through Saturday at 5201 Colleyville Blvd. in Colleyville. You can reach them at 817-576-2629 or 817-576-2626.

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Home Depot Has Long Dominated America’s Newest Pastime: Home Improvement Projects

It all started with a firing—a very foolish one.

In 1978, Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank were executives at Handy Dan, a home improvement chain based in Southern California. Despite the business being very profitable, the pair had begun to tinker with a new idea. By lowering prices, they found, the stores’ volume shot up, making Handy Dan even more money. The executives had planned to implement that strategy systemwide, but they never got the chance. Corporate raider Sanford C. Sigoloff—who liked to call himself the “Skillful Scalpel”—took over the company, and deciding to save himself two salaries, got rid of Marcus and Blank.

That one decision probably prevented Handy Dan from becoming America’s home improvement leader. Instead, that honor would go to a place called The Home Depot.

Recruiting investment banker Ken Langone and retailer Pat Farrah, who’d run National Lumber and Supply Company, Marcus and Blank opened up a one-stop warehouse destination with everything a homeowner could want, staffed by knowledgeable salespeople and all selling at discount prices. 

“We believed from the start that if we brought the customer quality merchandise at the right price and offered excellent service, we could change retailing in the United States,” Marcus said in a 2008 interview with Entrepreneur.

As we know, they did just that. The first Home Depot opened in Atlanta in the summer of 1979. By years end, there were three more. Home Depot officially became the largest home improvement retailer in America by 1990, and today it has nearly 2,300 stores.

In recent months, Home Depot has been America’s go-to home center in ways it never imagined. After the pandemic sealed much of the citizenry behind closed doors, Americans made home improvement into a new national pastime. For Q2 2020, the chain’s net sales soared more than 23% to just over $38 billion.

During the quarter, “our DIY customers were reengaging with their home and with The Home Depot,” said evp of merchandising Ted Decker. “While we saw strong demand with exterior projects like building decks, sheds, fences and gardens, we also saw strong growth with interior projects like hard surface flooring, interior lighting and painting, to name a few.”

After focusing on building stores for years, The Home Depot has since shifted its efforts to fortifying its distribution capabilities as part of a $1.2 billion strategy to expand same-day and next-day delivery to customers. Meanwhile, the company’s One Home Depot initiative seeks to create an “interconnected shopping experience” that laces digital and physical commerce together.

It’s all a far cry from the single location that opened its doors in Atlanta 42 years ago. And yet, at its core, the brand hasn’t changed so much.

“The Home Depot concept is to provide the most complete assortment of lumber, building materials and home improvement products, competitively priced in a service-oriented retail situation,” Marcus has said. And online or off, pandemic or not, it still does just that.

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Perelman Selling Almost Everything as Pandemic Roils His Empire

(Bloomberg) — Bit by bit, billionaire Ronald O. Perelman is parting with his treasures.His Gulfstream 650 is on the market. So is his 257-foot yacht. Movers hauled crates of art from his Upper East Side townhouse after he struck a deal with Sotheby’s to sell hundreds of millions of dollars of works.He’s unloaded his stake in Humvee-maker AM General, sold a flavorings company that he’d owned for decades and hired banks to find buyers for stock he holds in other companies.What in the world is going on with Ron Perelman? His exploits on and off Wall Street have been tabloid fare in New York since the go-go 1980s. But now, at an age when most fellow billionaires are kicking back, Perelman, 77, is facing a range of financial challenges, most of all at Revlon Inc., his cosmetics giant.Once touted as America’s richest man, his wealth has dropped from $19 billion to $4.2 billion in the past two years, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.Bankers, socialites and art collectors have been buzzing about Perelman since his investment company, MacAndrews & Forbes, said in July it would rework its holdings in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the ravages it caused to American businesses, including his own.“We quickly took significant steps to react to the unprecedented economic environment that we were facing,” Perelman said in a statement. “I have been very public about my intention to reduce leverage, streamline operations, sell some assets and convert those assets to cash in order to seek new investment opportunities and that is exactly what we are doing.”Read Ronald O. Perelman’s full statement herePerelman also gave more prosaic reasons for the shift, including spending time with his family during lockdown and a desire for a simpler life.“I realized that for far too long, I have been holding onto too many things that I don’t use or even want,” he said. “I concluded that it’s time for me to clean house, simplify and give others the chance to enjoy some of the beautiful things that I’ve acquired just as I have for decades.”Graydon Carter, the former editor of Vanity Fair who’s known Perelman for three decades, said the shift in Perelman’s attitude is sincere.“Often when people say this sort of thing, it’s masking something else. In Ronald’s case, it’s true,” said Carter, who partnered with Perelman to reopen the Monkey Bar in Midtown Manhattan. “He has learned to love and appreciate the bourgeois comforts of family and home.”Carter described Perelman as a “charismatic swashbuckler” who once enjoyed evenings on the New York social circle a little too much. But he said Perelman is now “crazy about spending time at home” with his fifth wife Anna, a psychiatrist, and their two young sons.Richard Hack, who wrote a 1996 unauthorized biography of Perelman, is skeptical.“If you want a simpler life, you go buy a farm in Oklahoma, not sell a painting out of your townhouse in Manhattan,” Hack said.

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Get the Newest and Freshest Look for Your Kitchen With Kitchen Cabinet Doors Styles

It should be a mix of style and functionality and the kitchen cabinets happen to be a big part of this entire kitchen decor. It is almost the primary focus of the kitchen because it is a huge structure which can also store a number of objects inside. Also, cabinets are often the structures that are noticed first when someone steps into the kitchen.

Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Sometimes, only redefining the kitchen doors can change the entire look of the kitchen. You are lucky that there are different types of kitchen cabinet doors available in the market that you can use for your kitchen decor. The styles include:

• Inset Cabinet Doors– The inset doors style has existed since the early 1900s. Back then the structure of the cabinets only supported this style of cabinet doors. This style features small hinges on the face frame or the visible frame of the cabinet opening, or it could be just inside the cabinet as well. The hinges are generally visible when the door is shut. The face of the inset cabinet door lies on the same plane as the leading edge of the cabinet box. This option is marginally expensive than other kitchen doors style. It also leaves less space inside the cabinet.

• Partial Overlay Cabinet Doors– The partial overlay doors is a modern upgrade from inset and feature doors that are mounted over the face of the box. It partially covers the face frame thus giving the structure its name. The face frame reduces the accessible space inside the cabinet, but it still allows installing more functional hardware if required. Sometimes, the look may be overwhelming making it appear clumsy. This style is good for spacious kitchens so that they appear bigger in terms of space. The hinges are sometimes visible and at other times concealed.

• Full Overlay or Euro Cabinet Doors– These are absolutely the new kitchen doors that appear most modern. The name has been derived from the door face completely overlaying the box which means it not only covers the opening but the entire face of the box. There is no face frame visible and the hinges are also hidden. It has a great finish and allows maximum space inside the cabinet. However, these require some maintenance effort, particularly with the knobs.

Thus, it helps to gather some knowledge regarding cabinet doors before you buy kitchen doors for your kitchen. This will not only save time and money but will also contribute to making your kitchen appear beautiful. You will definitely become the envy of your neighbors. Just remember to find colors that match the entire home decor or kitchen decor so that it does not appear disjointed.…

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