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After Theft, Lockhart Smokehouse Closes For Lunch, Sends Leftover Barbecue To Homeless

Lockhart Smokehouse
Lockhart Smokehouse's famous burnt ends. They are served every Thursday, but this Thursday they went to hundreds of homeless people after the barbecue joint had to close for lunch.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Someone stole Lockhart’s water meter but burnt ends were still had; Dallas is one of the worst places for active lifestyles; Cowboys ticket prices are through the roof; and more.

Dallas' Lockhart Smokehouse posted on Facebook and Twitter Thursday that someone stole its water meter. The Bishop Arts barbecue joint had been having water issues the day before and didn’t realize the source until it was too late to serve lunch Thursday, the day of the week its famous burnt ends are served.

Instead of letting the food that had already been prepared for lunch go to waste, Lockhart donated it to The Bridge and The Stewpot, two organizations in Dallas that serve the homeless. The leftovers fed about 700 people Thursday.

And much to Lockhart lovers' relief, the City of Dallas restored the smokehouse's water in time for dinner Thursday. Lockhart, of course, isn't the only Dallas restaurant to have something strange stolen. The Dallas Observer has alist of the craziest things taken from Dallas restaurants, including electronic candles, mouthwash and 60 pounds of ground beef. [KERA News]

  • Dallas has trails, gyms and high-end yoga pants retailers, but it still ranks as the fourth worst city for an active lifestyle. That’s according to a study published this week by WalletHub. The personal finance website compared the 100 most populated U.S. cities across 30 metrics ranging from “average monthly fitness-club fee” to “bike score” to “share of physically inactive residents.” Madison, Wis., Boise, Idaho, Scottsdale, Ariz. and Portland, Ore. took the top spots. The key to a more active and healthier lifestyle in a city like Dallas might be better urban planning — read more here. [WalletHub]

  • Incentive to see a Dallas Cowboys game has been escalating and so have the ticket prices. The Cowboys will face either the Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers or New York Giants in a divisional round playoff game Jan. 15 at AT&T Stadium. The cheapest tickets to see that game are $245, according to the New York-based TicketIQ, which measures prices on 90 percent of resale websites nationwide, including the NFL Ticket Exchange. For the Cowboys, NFL Ticket Exchange makes up 40 percent of the market, theFort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The average asking price of nearly $700 to the Jan. 15 game represents about a 62.5 percent hike from tickets to regular-season Cowboys games. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]


  • There’s a chance of snow flurries today — so here’s a map of the most dangerous intersections in town. First, the weather. Snow flurries are possible Friday afternoon in Dallas-Fort Worth, but any accumulations — between one-half-inch and one-inch — will be north of the metroplex along the Red River, according to the National Weather Service. Second, the map. The chance of snow may be small, but the chance that people will drive erratically is not. Here’s a map of intersections to perhaps avoid today (and maybe every day going forward). [KERA News]


  • In case you were wondering, the top-selling license plate in Texas this past year was the “Classic Black” design. That’s not to be confused with Lone Star Black, the most popular plate for last seven years. The new all-black plate with white letters was released by My Plates in March 2016, and by the end of the year, more than 8,100 Texans had chosen it for their car. Texans who opted for a college-related license plate showed the most pride for Texas A&M and for out-of-state students, the University of Colorado. Plates representing the Dallas Cowboys, boasting the slogan “Come and Take It” and paying respect to the color pink were also popular options. [My Plates]