New businesses in Preston Hollow? Here’s the scoop.

Elevation Burger recently opened on Hillcrest and Northwest Highway, down the street from Temple Emanu-El. The Arlington, Va.-based company boasts that its food is 100 percent grass-fed, free range, USDA-certified organic beef ground on premises and cooked in olive oil. David Barleggs owns the franchise with wife Fiona, and the location is Elevation Burger’s second in Texas; the first one opened in Austin. A sampling of the menu includes: organic cookies, hand-scooped ice cream shakes, two types of veggie burgers, and French fries cooked in olive oil. “It is a very simple menu,” Barleggs says, “but we strive to do what we do best, which is just burgers.” 214.360.0088, 8611 Hillcrest.

Gigi’s Cupcakes, a national chain that originated in Nashville, Tenn., recently opened in Inwood Village next to Café Istanbul. A mother-daughter tag team, Mary Ruppe Hawkins and Southern Methodist University alumna Katie Ruppe, owns the sweet shop. With 60 cupcakes to savor, it might just be worth giving up that diet. 214.352.2253,, 5450 W. Lovers.

Keep an eye out for Zoë’s Kitchen to launch another location in our neighborhood. At press time, the Mediterranean restaurant chain had announced plans to open its doors at Preston and Royal in late January. Check the Back Talk Preston Hollow blog for updates., 6025 Royal.

Kidville in Preston Royal Village held its grand opening Jan. 29. The company offers classes for children from infants to 6-year-olds, and classes include music, dance, gym and art. The first semester begins Feb. 7. 214.378.7777,, 6025 Royal.

On Feb. 5, Dallas Capoeria on Preston Road hosts its grand opening from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Brazilian martial arts school moved into the space previously held by Oasis Mind-Body Conditioning Center. The grand opening celebrates the school, which is the first full-time capoeria school in Dallas. Capoeria is a mixture of rhythm, kicks, cardiovascular training, balance and flexibility. 469.877.7078,, 11661 Preston.

Gio’s Café and New York Deli recently opened, and for those who have become followers of the New York Style delicatessen, keep an eye out for its upcoming Friday night Shabbat Dinners. Co-owner Lisa Giannopolous says the dinners are a tribute to its regulars from the Jewish community. “Our niche is the Jewish community — they’re our bread and butter,” Giannopolous says. The deli carries several Jewish delicacies such as challah, black and white cookies, matzo balls, rye bread, bagels, and specialty beef and pastrami from Carnegie Deli in New York City. 972.387.4467,, 12817 Preston Road.

Chic from Barcelona on Preston and Forest closed its doors in January. The restaurant, which has been in our neighborhood for five years, sold some of its possessions, such as plates, and gave the proceeds to the Dallas charity Wipe Out Kids Cancer. The restaurant owners say they’re happy with the change because they’re moving back to Spain.