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MESQUITE OUTLAWS ANNOUNCE INAUGURAL SEASON

The Mesquite Outlaws are excited to announce the schedule for their inaugural 2019-2020 season. The 12 home games will be played in the famed Mesquite Arena.

“We have a strong schedule that should provide plenty of excitement for fans,” said Outlaws Head Coach Tatu. “We’re looking forward to getting our team finalized and on the field.”

Season tickets are now on sale at mesquiteoutlaws.com. Single-game tickets will be available at a later date.

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MESQUITE BBQ CELEBRATES SIXTY YEARS

The longtime family business will offer special prices and giveaways at a party this weekend.

When Red Bryan closed his eponymous barbecue joint in 1957, Oak Cliff lost a beloved restaurant, and two pitmasters were out of a job. Red’s son Sonny opened Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse in North Dallas a year later, and Leon Crouch headed east to Mesquite to team up with Herbert Oyler. { Read More }
Courtesy of Texas MonthlyThe longtime family business will offer special prices and giveaways at a party this weekend.

When Red Bryan closed his eponymous barbecue joint in 1957, Oak Cliff lost a beloved restaurant, and two pitmasters were out of a job. Red’s son Sonny opened Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse in North Dallas a year later, and Leon Crouch headed east to Mesquite to team up with Herbert Oyler. { Read More }

Courtesy of Texas Monthly

MESQUITE'S RODEO ARENA GETTING TWO MILLION UPGRADE

New owner Centurion American Development Group plans to spend $2 million to renovate Mesquite's landmark rodeo arena.The area is home to the storied Mesquite Championship Rodeo and a new soccer team, the Mesquite Outlaws.

Centurion American plans to refurbish both the interior and exterior of the 5,500-seat building, which is near LBJ Freeway and Military Parkway. Improvements will include upgraded VIP suites, new locker rooms, a new turf surface for soccer play, roof repairs plus renovations to the parking lots and other outdoor features.

"The city of Mesquite is thrilled to witness the next generation of investment by the leadership of Centurion American into the historic Mesquite Arena," Mayor Stan Pickett said in a statement. "With the introduction of major league soccer [Major Arena Soccer League] and their dynamic entertainment platform, this level of capital investment is phenomenal.

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WHY ARE WE ALL NOT EATING AT PORKY’S RIGHT NOW?

It's been six short months since Ernesto and Alfredo Pena opened their family's burger hut.
In restaurant years, five months and change is primordial. It's still at the cellular level, a tender and fragile age when the slightest predator could gobble it up. The baby-blue joint is huddled against Gus Thomasson Road on the fringe of Mesquite.

Across the street, a Little Caesars sits with an empty parking lot. You'll find Porky's in the strip mall, with a welcoming, unstressed amount of parking, flanked by a commanding Auto Zone and Dollar General. Ignore the big brand chains — Porky's is a family joint.

Miros Pena is behind the register, next to a towering burger ornament, and she greets each customer who jangles through the door brightly. Behind the register, the griddle gets scraped clean of burned bits. It's a slower afternoon, so there's nothing else hissing on the flattop. One of life's treats as a consumer of burgers is this moment: At an empty restaurant after the lunch rush, you can hear the fresh beef crackle on the griddle.

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60 YEARS OF FLAVOR

Located on the edge of downtown on E. Davis Street, Mesquite BBQ is celebrating 60 years of business, a feat that doesn’t come easily in an ever-changing economy. The restaurant’s current owners, Dustin and Melanie Palmer, officially took over ownership on Jan. 1, 2018, from Dustin’s parents, Kent and Lisa Crouch, who took over for Kent’s father Leon Crouch following a heart attack in the early 80s.

How does it feel to be in business for 60 years?

Dustin: It's pretty amazing. I've been here about 12 years and that seems like a long time, but 60 years, I think it's even more important because it's the oldest restaurant in this city, and we're really proud of that because it's hard to stay open that long in this kind of business. Melanie: It's a huge honor to be the new owners of Mesquite BBQ, we don't take it lightly, and we hope to keep it going for another 60 years. { Read More}

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MESQUITE CVB EARNS FIVE AWards

Mesquite, TX – Sept. 4, 2019 – The Mesquite Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) received five awards at the recent Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (TACVB) Annual Conference for excellence in destination marketing.

Additionally, the Mesquite CVB was presented a special Judges Choice Award, chosen by a panel of judges comprised of tourism industry experts, for the best website from all entries regardless of budget size. The Mesquite CVB launched the new website VisitMesquiteTX.com in April.

“We had a record 116 entries this year,” said Kim Phillips, TACVB Chief Operating Officer. “The winners faced stiff competition and these awards are well-deserved”.

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BEAR CAVE COFFEE FINDS A PERMANENT DEN IN MESQUITE

Bear Cave Coffee Shop Mesquite
Bear Cave Coffee has found a permanent home for its Rockies-inspired coffee brand on the decidedly flat terrain of the East Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas.

While Mesquite has its own set of unique Texas charms, it has also been largely bereft of specialty coffee to this point.


“The closest specialty coffee shop is about a 25-minute drive away,” Sean Belknap recently told Daily Coffee News. “So I told Hillary, ‘I want to open a coffee shop with you,’ and she was really into the idea.” {Read More }
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'Struggle does not defeat you': How Music Saved

At 23, Kevin Day is starting a new role as Mesquite Symphony Orchestra's first composer-in-residence, but he credits music with saving him from the darkest time of his life.

Kevin Day is playing the Steinway in Room 132 at Texas Christian University. His eyes are closed and he’s swaying. The music reminds him of the worst time of his life.

At this same piano three years ago, he first played the chords that helped him find his way back.

Day is a 23-year-old composer and multi-instrumentalist from Arlington who has earned considerable success. He received an award from the prestigious Broadcast Music Incorporated Foundation in May and recently became the first composer-in-residence at the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra. { Read More}


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10 Dallas Panaderias Baking the City’s Best Sweets

Fundamental to Mexican, South, and Central American cuisine, panaderias serve some of the city’s best baked goods. Some of these bakeries are entirely devoted to fresh breads and pastries, while others double as pastelerias, making and decorating cakes for special events like quinceañeras, weddings and birthdays.

Abuelito #2

710 W Scyene Rd
Mesquite, TX 75061
Arrive at Abuelito #2 with enough time to salivate over the superabundance of pan dulces and agonize over the impossibility of trying them all. From among the brightly colored cuernos (horn-shaped pastry filled with sweet cream) and conchas, grab the dark brown, unassuming empanada de calabaza. The pumpkin filling, spiked with plenty of cinnamon and cloves, is sweet and perfectly spiced. {Read More}


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MSO ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE

The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is pleased to announce its first Composer-in-Residence, Kevin Day. Selected by Music Director Felix Torres, Day will begin his residency with the start of the 2019-2020 season for a two-year term through July 31, 2021.Day is an American composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist from Arlington.

Music Director Felix Torres said, “We are delighted to establish the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra’s first-ever Composer-in-Residence program. Injecting new music into the repertoire is important for the longevity of our craft and to continue providing new, relevant programming to our audiences. Kevin’s music is full of energy and highly accessible, and I am thrilled to share his music with our audience.”
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MSO Welcomes Its First Composer-in-Residence

The Mesquite Symphony Orchestra (MSO), a volunteer community ensemble, recently announced the appointment of its first Composer-in-Residence, Kevin Day. Day will begin his two-year residency this fall at the start of the 2019/2020 season with The Power of Nature on Sept. 14. His residency will continue through July 31, 2021.
The 23-year-old Arlington native graduated in May 2019 from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music in Instrumental Performance, where he studied euphonium, tuba and jazz piano. While completing his residency, Day will continue his education at the University of Georgia this fall, where he will pursue a Master of Music in Composition. {Read More}
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Bear Cave Coffee Brings Indie Coffee Shop

There’s a new player in the DFW coffee scene, and it’s been in hibernation since November 2018. Bear Cave Coffee, Mesquite’s newest independent coffee shop, is run by husband and wife Sean and Hillary Belknap.

“My wife and I got married almost six years ago and honeymooned in Wyoming. I wanted to open up a coffee shop and didn’t really know what it would be called, but once we got back from Wyoming, I thought, ‘What about this?’” Sean Belknap says. “It came from our love for bears, and there’s not really a mountain vibe in Texas and I wanted to bring that down here because it’s so different.”

According to Belknap, he and his wife have friends who are baristas and own other coffee shops in Michigan and Arkansas. From their friends’ experience and training, they began doing pop-ups in the Mesquite downtown square during the city’s winter events.

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Courtesy of Dallas Observer

FOUNDER OF WINGSTOP TO BRING SLOW-COOKED MEATS

Everyone loves a comeback.

Antonio Swad, founder of iconic American chains like Wingstop and Pizza Patrón, knows this. After selling Wingstop in 2003 and Pizza Patrón in 2017, he started his newest concept, Porch Swing, back on his home turf and opening sometime early this summer. At 3855 W. Emporium Circle in Mesquite — right across the street from a Wingstop he built — Swad is back in the game.

“I’ve been in this industry [since I was 15],” Swad says. “That’s not to say I still can’t screw it up, because I sure can, but that’s what I like about the restaurant business, because there’s so many ways to fail and I’ve already discovered most of them. So I think I’ve got a real good shot here.”

Courtesy of Dallas Observer

CLAIM TO FAME: WHAT ARE DALLAS SUBURBS KNOWN FOR?

If you go outside the great state of Texas, and you mention that you’re from Dallas, you’ll probably get one of a few standard reactions. We’re generally known for three things: the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas TV series and the fact that JFK was shot here. Of course, those of us who live in Dallas know that we’re really about more than just those things.

But what about Dallas' suburbs? Suburban sprawl is after all a contributing factor to Dallas’ identity, and many of its suburbs have at least one claim to fame worth noting. So, what are the things that make out-of-towners take a detour or Dallas’ urban dwellers drive to the suburbs? Here are a few of the best.
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CHECKING GAY’S HALL OF FAME CAREER

t’s been 35 years since Don Gay snared a record breaking eighth world bull riding title on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.

In 1984, the North Texas cowboy broke Jim Shoulders’ then record of seven world titles that was set in 1959, the same year that the National Finals Rodeo was founded.

Today, Gay, 65, who lives near Terrell in the Dallas area, is the general manager of the award winning Frontier Rodeo Co. The company served as the primary livestock producer for the May 3-5 Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Gay grew up as the son of stock contractor Neal Gay who produced the renowned Mesquite Championship Rodeo in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite that ran on weekly basis during the spring and summer months for many years.

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TEXAS TODAY

Texas has a proud history, but its thriving modern cities and towns bring technology, innovation and energy to meetings in the Lone Star State. Here is a small sampling of event sites in Texas with a more contemporary flair.

MESQUITE ARTS CENTER

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The city of Mesquite purchased an old hospital in 1995 and turned it into a performing arts complex. Half of the building was turned into the Mesquite Arts Center, which is home to the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, and the other half was developed into the Black Box Theater, home of the Mesquite Community Theatre.

When those organizations are not using the space, conference planners use it for concerts, meetings, weddings and parties, fashion shows, trade shows and exhibits. The rehearsal hall, next to the concert hall, is a good location for meetings. {Read More}

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THRILL-SEEKERS ON THE LOOK-OUT FOR URBAN AIR

DALLAS, TX – March 6, 2019 — Calling all thrill-seekers in Mesquite! Urban Air announced today the opening of a 30,706 square-foot indoor trampoline/recreation and entertainment center where kids of all ages can play, slide, climb, jump, duck, dunk, and bounce! The newest Urban Air Adventure Park will open in Winter 2020 at 3777 Childress Avenue, Mesquite, TX 75150and promises to show local residents why Urban Air is an experience like no other!

“At Urban Air, we are constantly creating new ways to thrill and delight our guests,” said Urban Air CEO Michael Browning. “Our indoor parks feature dozens of exhilarating activities from trampolining to dodge ball to rock climbing to obstacle courses and indoor playgrounds for junior adventurers. We have something for everyone and are thrilled to introduce our exhilarating brand of active entertainment to the families of Mesquite” {Read More}


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Why Mesquite Is the Best-Kept Secret in Texas

Why visit Mesquite, Texas? Whether you’re an arts aficionado, sports enthusiast, or foodie craving a down-home meal, this lively city has something perfect in store just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas. Why visit Mesquite, Texas? Whether you’re an arts aficionado, sports enthusiast, or foodie craving a down-home meal, this lively city has something perfect in store just 15 minutes east of Downtown Dallas.

Mesquite Arena and The Mesquite Championship Rodeo

Mesquite Arena is home to big-name events ranging from concerts to the Hip Hop Cowboys Spring Rodeo and Cowboys of Color. The crown jewel is the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, which runs each Saturday evening June through August. Get into the Shark Tank, a cage in the middle of the arena that gets you right in the thick of things (and up close and personal with the bulls) or treat yourself to tickets to the season-opening rodeo with a concert by Mark Chesnutt on June 1, 2019 or the closing concert with Clay Walker on August 24, 2019. [ Read More ]

5 Authentic Texas Experiences Found in Mesquite

The small but mighty city of Mesquite is more than a destination; it’s an experience. To make the most of your trip, check out these must-see spots and activities that deliver authentic Texas flavor (figuratively and literally) from start to finish.

The Mesquite Championship Rodeo

You can’t visit a city coined the “Official Rodeo Capital of Texas” and not snag tickets to the main event. The Mesquite Championship Rodeo launches on June 1, 2019, bringing a ton of rodeo superstars, musical acts, and fun to Mesquite Arena. You can get a front-row seat for everything from saddle bronc riding to team roping to barrel racing. For a more interactive day out, face off against a mechanical bull, or save your energy for tackling a huge mound of tangy, uber-tender Texas BBQ. There’s also face painting and pony rides, contests and rodeo celeb sightings, giving you everything your rodeo-loving heart needs in one air-conditioned building. [Read More]

Fun, Free Things to Do in Mesquite

What’s better than a great night out with your sweetheart or a fun-filled afternoon with the kids? Doing those things without spending a dime. Life can get expensive, but this list of free things to do in Mesquite will help you keep the family entertained while also keeping your budget in check.

Note: All events offer free admission, but some activities (rides, food, etc) may require a fee.

Mesquite Arts Center

The Mesquite Arts Center is a hotbed of cultural activity, and many of the events are completely FREE. Start by introducing your kids to art, courtesy of the Just for Kids: Canvas Creation Series, an ongoing group of classes that teaches kids how to paint. Once they’ve created their own masterpiece, show them the work of other artists at Mesquite Arts Center Art Galleries, including the Main and Chamber Gallery.. [ Read More]


7 Places to Discover Local History in Mesquite

To visit Mesquite is like traveling back in time. From warm, inviting homesteads that transport visitors back more than a century to a house of worship still finding new ways to bring people together, these historic destinations are also an important part of Mesquite’s future.

Opal Lawrence Historical Park

To see how one of the founding families of Mesquite lived, visit Opal Lawrence Historical Park, a restoration and preservation project overseen by Historic Mesquite, Inc. The Lawrence family originally lived in a lovely but relatively simple farmhouse. That original 1800s structure blossomed over the years; the family continued to expand the home and made additions, including a belvedere, a weathervane, chicken coops, a smokehouse, a curing shed, and a barn built in 1886 that still stands on the property today.

The sprawling property now holds a Texas Historical Marker and is part of the National Register of Historic Places, giving locals and tourists alike a chance to experience a piece of history right here in Mesquite. [ Read More]

The Best Spots for Shopping in Mesquite

You may know Mesquite for its lofty reputation in the rodeo world or its many historical attractions, but Mesquite is a real Texas destination in Northeast Texas for its major retail hub. A place where national and regional brands rule, Mesquite is enhanced by creative local retailers scattered throughout the city, too. More than 18 million visitors a year flock to the Town East Mall and Market East shopping hub, with favorites like Super Target, Home Goods, Kirkland’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, and Best Buy.


If you’re hungry from all that shopping, there are more than 150 restaurants and dining options in Mesquite, from regional favorites like Snuffer’s and El Fenix, to national concepts like Saltgrass and Olive Garden, or choose one of Mesquites signature mom 'n' pop restaurants serving everything from authentic Greek to local taquerias. Whether you are in town for a short while and want to load up on souvenirs, or you're in search of something specific such as home decor, trendy clothes, or a great haircut, plan on spending the day and the night, and maybe the next day, too! [ Read More]

6 Mesquite Festivals & Events Worth Traveling For

Mesquite, Texas, is a town bubbling with activity and excitement. There’s never a bad time to check out the “Rodeo Capital of Texas,” but here are six festivals and events particularly worth traveling for.

Summer Sizzle

Summer in Mesquite doesn’t truly start until Paschall Park transforms into the fun-a-palooza that is Summer Sizzle. Parking and entry are both free (some activities, such as rides and food, require an additional fee), so you can bring the whole family to enjoy everything from a mud volleyball tournament to carnival rides. There are plenty of things for kids to do—life-sized Jenga and carnival rides, anyone?—and a lineup of food trucks to visit when your belly starts to rumble.

Rodeo Season


The Mesquite Championship Rodeo is in season every summer from early June through the end of August. The main events are split into two categories: [ Read More]

The 9 Best Parks & Outdoor Attractions in Mesquite

It’s never truly too hot or too cold in Mesquite. Though summers top out in the mid-90s, early morning and nighttime temps dip into the 70s, and winter rarely hits freezing. All this is to say the city is the ideal setting for beautiful parks and outdoor attractions, and there are certainly plenty to explore with more than 70 parks.

Mesquite Heritage Trail

Though the Mesquite Heritage Trail just opened in 2015, the lush, sprawling expanse is already a hit. The trail encompasses three trailheads and more than four miles of walkways, incorporating an exercise station and a pedestrian bridge. Part of the trail connects to homes, The Mesquite Golf Club, schools, shopping centers, and more.

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MIXED-USE PROJECT JOINING MESQUITE'S LANDMARK RODE

Developers are moving ahead with a major mixed-use project next door to the historic Mesquite Rodeo. The $116.5 million, 56-acre project just west of LBJ Freeway at Military Parkway will have new homes, retail, restaurant and office space. The overall project includes $4 million in upgrades to the rodeo complex.

Early this year, Centurion American Development Group bought the 17-acre rodeo facility and more than 50 acres of adjoining land. In November, Mesquite's City Council approved the new development, which will be called Iron Horse Village. The new project will include more than 330 homes, townhouses and single-family bungalows priced from $235,400 to $310,000. About 130,000 square feet of retail and commercial space is planned.

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Rodeo Round Up

For a Prime Rodeo Destination, Farming and Cowboy Legacy is as Important as Good Venues. Rodeo venues can be found all over the United States — even in places where you might not expect them, including places like Sedalia, Missouri, located almost smack-dab in the middle of the country and home to the Missouri State Fair.

“Sedalia loves rodeo and bull riding, and the people here really support the guys who literally put their lives on the line to compete,” says Courtney Fry, events manager for the Missouri State Fair, which stages three nights of rodeo and two nights of bull riding every August during the fair. “Sedalia started as a cow town and was part of the route during the cattle drive of 1895. There are still a lot of cattle ranchers in the area, and rodeo riders can relate to them.”

A community’s local roots play a significant role in its rodeo success. Just ask sports tourism officials in the destinations profiled in this article.

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Courtesy of Sports Destination Management

4 DALLAS BAKERIES THAT CATER TO SPECIAL DIETS

mbarking on a vegan, gluten-free, or Paleo lifestyle is no easy venture, but it’s even more difficult when you think you have to give up your favorite sweet treats. Luckily, Dallas has a bevy of bakeries that can help you satisfy your cookie, donut, or even cinnamon roll cravings. Sugar on, Dallas diet followers.


HANNAH’S GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY
A few safe ways to satisfy your sweet tooth. Embarking on a vegan, gluten-free, or Paleo lifestyle is no easy venture, but it’s even more difficult when you think you have to give up your favorite sweet treats. Luckily, Dallas has a bevy of bakeries that ...
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