Goff’s Serving Up Hamburgers Again Near SMU

Two years after the fire, this iconic eatery opens on Mockingbird Lane. (Photo: Brian Kendall)

The nearly 80 firefighters on-hand could do little to extinguish the stubborn grease fire that claimed the 92-year-old building that housed Goff’s Hamburgers in August 2016. A demolition crew arrived the following day, and the iconic establishment was suddenly reduced to ash and a blackened foundation.

Less than two years later, Goff’s has proven resilient, opening its doors once again to hungry SMU students and Park Cities residents.

Center for BrainHealth Gets New Chairman

Ka Cotter and Debbie Francis together at The Brain: An Owner’s Guide Lecture series in February. (Courtesy photo)

A changing of the guard has taken place at the Center for BrainHealth.

Highland Park philanthropist Debbie Francis has stepped down as chairman of the 90-person board to focus on fundraising for the brain research institute.

Cherish the Children

Anthony Trucks. (Photo: Kristina Bowman Photography)

Anthony Trucks, who turned a childhood in foster care into a successful career and life as a family man, told attendees at the April 9 Cherish the Children luncheon at the Omni Dallas that they have the power to change lives right in their hands.

House of the Month: 9505 Inwood Road

(Courtesy Ebby Halliday Realtors)

Listed for $3.2 million, this spectacular Gary Webb custom-built home in Old Preston Hollow offers lush grounds and English-style gardens encompassing 1.15 acres. The beautiful grounds include a pool, gazebo, built-in grill, fireplace, reflecting pools, and a sculpture.

Jake McKenzie, a Man of Many Baseball Talents

Former W.T. White standout Jake McKenzie played all nine positions for the University of Texas during an April 17 game against UT Rio Grande Valley. (Courtesy photo)

Jake McKenzie first heard his coaches mention the outrageous idea in the fall. Could he really play all nine positions — one per inning — in a regulation game for the University of Texas?

He figured they were joking until April 15, after the team returned to Austin following weekend series against rival Oklahoma. He was called into the office of head coach David Pierce, who wanted to reward McKenzie for his versatility by giving him a rare opportunity.

Fourth Annual Boots & Blessings Gala

Ally's Wish Co-Founders Holly Reed, Melissa Cary, Missy Phipps, and Heather Reed. (Photo: Bob Manzano)

The Fourth Annual Boots & Blessings Gala took place on April 21 at Austin Ranch at Hilton DFW Lakes to benefit Ally’s Wish. The organization grants wishes such as trips to Disney World or helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon to mothers battling terminal illnesses, so they may create lasting memories with their children and loved ones. The evening consisted of an extensive silent auction filled with trips, fashion and accessories, sports memorabilia, restaurant and entertainment packages, and more.

Dallas Women’s Foundation Honors for Leadership and Service

Group shot. (Photo: Steve Foxall)

Dallas Women’s Foundation held its Leadership Forum & Awards Dinner, presented by AT&T, on April 19 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The Foundation honored six exceptional women: four received the Maura Women Helping Women Awards, and two received the Young Leader Award, presented by Capital One. The dinner was co-chaired by community and business leaders, Effie Dennison and Jan Sharry.