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Baileys’ Restaurants to debut new ghost kitchen concept this Thursday

‘Tis the season for ghosts…and ghost kitchens.

In simple terms, a ghost kitchen is a restaurant without seats, a narrow-focus pivot created to cater to the burgeoning food pickup and delivery business. Ghost kitchens tend to focus on a single, popular item. Recently, KC-style ribs, sandwiches, and other chicken wing riffs have launched out of kitchens in St. Louis, and a smashburger ghost kitchen is on the horizon.

Last month, Dave and Kara Bailey, owners of Baileys’ Restaurants, introduced Wing Ding Dong, a chicken-wing based ghost kitchen concept operating out of Baileys’ Range.

This Thursday, they plan to roll out a new concept: Playing Ketchup, which will feature all-beef “ripper” hot dogs and brats—specifically the Grant’s Farm brat from G&W Meat, prepared in Zwickel, onion, and seasoning. 

The name was a snap for the Baileys. “Double entendres are the name of the game in ghost kitchens, apparently,” says Dave, adding that more concepts are in the works as well. “We have no shortage of ideas. Our plan is to keep layering.”

Rippers are deep-fried dogs cooked to the point that they just start to rip open to produce that sought-after snap. Both buns and toppings, including a dozen ketchups and sauces, will be made in the company commissary. The buns are butter-rolled and grilled. 

Dogs range from unadorned to piled high. The toppings list is formidable, with such options as white cheddar, blue cheese, kraut, chow chow, salsa, pulled pork, bacon, pickles, sport peppers, caramelized onions, grilled sweet jalapeños, onion raws, tomato, onion, lettuce, ranch, buffalo sauce, chili, mac n cheese, Rooster mayo, cream cheese, and salsa verde.

If that list is overwhelming, then opt for a classic Chicago dog, with telltale neon green relish and sport peppers. Other specialties include the Buffalo Dog (topped with buffalo sauce, blue cheese,

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Downtown’s historic Hotel Paso del Norte opens Thursday after long-delayed renovation

After more than three years of a sometimes troubled, multimillion-dollar renovation, the 107-year-old Hotel Paso del Norte opens Thursday, hotel officials announced.

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The 351-room, Marriott Autograph Collection hotel had been scheduled to reopen in 2018, but the project was delayed by construction problems and COVID-19 business restrictions.

The hotel is scheduled to open at 11 a.m., Thursday. A ribbon-cutting event is scheduled Oct. 15 at the hotel, located at South El Paso Street and San Antonio Avenue in Downtown.

“Once in a great while, you happen upon a place that captures time and everything that is good about life. That’s the feeling people (will) experience” at the hotel, Carlos Sarmiento, the hotel general manager, said in a statement.

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The hotel features the elegant Dome bar, with its 25-foot-wide, 107-year-old, stained-glass dome, a rooftop pool and bar on its 10th floor, the Sabor Mexican restaurant, the 1700º Steak House, and Dulce bakery cafe, according to a hotel press release. It also has a 33,000 square-foot ballroom, and a virus-killing air-filtration system throughout the hotel.



a view of a large building: The renovated Hotel Paso del Norte features a 25-foot, stained-glass dome in its Dome bar. The 351-room hotel in Downtown El Paso is scheduled to open Oct. 8 after more than three years of renovation.


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The renovated Hotel Paso del Norte features a 25-foot, stained-glass dome in its Dome bar. The 351-room hotel in Downtown El Paso is scheduled to open Oct. 8 after more than three years of renovation.

Room rates range from $204 to $290 per night, according to the Marriott hotel’s website.

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Much of the hotel was designed by the late, iconic El Paso architect Henry Trost, who designed most of Downtown’s historic gems. A large addition was added in the 1980s.

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Glass Fire rips through more of Wine Country Thursday night

Firefighters stood guard outside some of the country’s most renowned vineyards and the homes that surround them Thursday night as the Glass Fire continued to encroach on the communities of Calistoga and St. Helena — the heart of California’s famed Wine Country.

The blaze had engulfed 60,148 acres by Friday morning, burning most actively in the hills north of Calistoga and east of St. Helena. At least one home outside St. Helena was among the 220 residences to have burned down. A house on the 1300 block of Tucker Road was “fully involved,” late Thursday night according to Cal Fire, and had flames jetting out windows of both its two stories.

  • CALISTOGA, CA – OCTOBER 2: Firefighters battle a fire at a home along Tucker Road in Calistoga, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The Glass Fire, already the fifth largest of the 23 major fires burning in the state, has engulfed 58,880 acres in the North Bay and damaged or destroyed nearly 400 buildings. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

  • CALISTOGA, CA – OCTOBER 2: Firefighters battle a fire at a home along Tucker Road in Calistoga, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The Glass Fire, already the fifth largest of the 23 major fires burning in the state, has engulfed 58,880 acres in the North Bay and damaged or destroyed nearly 400 buildings. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

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  • CALISTOGA, CA – OCTOBER 2: A home along Tucker Road burns in Calistoga, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The Glass Fire, already the fifth largest of the 23 major fires burning in the state, has engulfed 58,880 acres in the North Bay and damaged or destroyed nearly 400 buildings. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

  • CALISTOGA, CA – OCTOBER 2: Firefighters battle a fire

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