A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from October 06, 2013
Unique Dining Capital of Texas (Roanoke nickname)

Roanoke, Texas, is a city in Denton County and a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Roanoke has so many restaurants for its small population (under 10,000) that the Texas Legislature in 2009 officially designated the city as the “Unique Dining Capital of Texas.”
Wikipedia: Roanoke, Texas
Roanoke is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States and part of the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex. The population was 8,000 at the 2012 census.
The main east-west road through town, State Highway 114 Business, is named “Byron Nelson Boulevard” in honor of the golfer who resided in the community. Roanoke is home to many restaurants, as well as a hotel that bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde resided in during the 1930s.
Oak Street in Roanoke is the newly redeveloped Old Town District which is the home for a number of restaurants, such as Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, Twisted Root Burger Company, Tacos n’ Avocados, Hard 8 BBQ, Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill, Jack & Grill on Oak St., Susie’s Sweet Boutique, Hey Sugar Candy Store, INZO Pizza and Wine, and the 4 Star, Classic Cafe. The large number of independent restauranteurs on Roanoke’s Oak Street led to the moniker “Unique Dining Capital of the Texas”.
Welcome to Roanoke
The Unique Dining Capital of Texas
Texas Legislature Online
By: Parker H.C.R. No. 188
WHEREAS, The State of Texas enjoys a far-reaching reputation for its diverse and distinctive foods and for its many highly regarded restaurants; and
WHEREAS, While exceptional eateries can be found throughout the state, certain communities stand apart for offering a concentration of popular and unique restaurants; of these, the city of Roanoke is deserving of particular recognition for being an immensely popular dining destination; and
WHEREAS, Roanoke is of modest size, with a population of 6,450, yet its lineup of notable restaurants attracts patrons from throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as well as from other parts of the state; this charming city includes 39 eating establishments, and they combine to make Roanoke a diner’s delight; and
WHEREAS, Oak Street in downtown Roanoke is a compelling destination for patrons, and the many vintage buildings in this attractive district have earned it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places; moreover, the downtown businesses present a great variety of cuisines and dining experiences, ranging from four-star gourmet food to Mexican specialties; and
WHEREAS, Not far away, more thriving restaurants are found along Highway 377/Front Street, and other areas of Roanoke also uphold the city’s tradition of good eating; these include the Byron Nelson Parkway/Business 114 thoroughfare and the intersection of Highways 377 and 114; and
WHEREAS, The individuality and outstanding quality of Roanoke’s dining spots have earned this historic community the admiration of numerous culinary enthusiasts and have made it a favorite place to visit, and the city’s flourishing restaurant scene is a testament to the eclectic and delicious epicurean offerings of the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the 81st Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designate Roanoke as the Unique Dining Capital of Texas.
Texas Legislature
HCR 188 Introduced: Designating Roanoke as the Unique Dining Capital of Texas. http://tr.im/jmkU
1:49 PM - 21 Apr 09
Restaurants Put Roanoke on the Map
“Unique dining capital of Texas” has 7,150 residents and 44 restaurants and counting

By Kevin Cokely |  Tuesday, Nov 3, 2009 |  Updated 9:07 AM CDT
Roanoke is making a big name for itself as the place to eat out.
The small Denton County town has just 7,150 residents, but 44 restaurants.
More are on the way, right on the heels of places such as the Twisted Root Burger Company and Cowboy Chow from Deep Ellum in Dallas.
“It’s the rising star, they say, of the Metroplex—food, fun, good people,” said Cowboy Chow manager Trey Matthew.
Google Books
By Wanda Smith and Ann French Clark
Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub.
Pg. 130:
Roanoke was appointed “the Unique Dining Capital of Texas” for its concentration of delicious and entertaining family-owned restaurants and welcomes thousands of visitors each year to enjoy many special events, including the annual Celebrate Roanoke in October.
Unique Dining Capital of Texas
Scooter Gierisch
Uploaded on Mar 25, 2011
Roanoke Texas

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Sunday, October 06, 2013 • Permalink

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