Some of the Best Dallas Restaurants

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If you just bought or leased a new Chevy from Classic Chevrolet and are looking for a great place to celebrate your new vehicle, visit one of these restaurants. And, if you are celebrating something else, these are also good choices, depending on your tastes for the evening.

The French Room

This French restaurant, located in downtown at 1321 Commerce Street, Dallas, is in the historic Hotel Adolphus. The décor is romantic and reminds you of a European palace. The food is French-influenced New American and features haute cuisine, a great wine list and more. You may want to order butter-roasted lobster, the Grand Marnier souffle or the pan-seared branzini. If you like caviar, you’ll be happy to hear that the Adolphus Hotel restaurant has some of the city’s best caviar. You will need a jacket for this restaurant. For more information and reservations call (214) 742-8200 or visit hoteladolphus.com/dining.

Nick & Sam’s

This New York-style steakhouse features some of the best steaks around, seafood and wine. The setting is sophisticated and features excellent service. You may see some celebrities and A-list athletes dining here. While the prices are high, the food is worth it. Nick and Sam’s is located at 3008 Maple Avenue in Dallas. You may want to try the Cowboy Longbone, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and the creamed corn. For more information and reservations call (214) 871-7444 or visit nick-sams.com.

Hattie’s

This American restaurant is located in the Bishop Arts District and features sophisticated southern cuisine. Grab Sunday brunch or cocktails in this airy setting. The restaurant is classy but casual and has been serving soul food since the early 1900s. You may want to try shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles or the tomato bisque and grilled cheese. Hattie’s is located at 418 Bishop Ave. in Dallas. For more information and reservations call (214) 942-7400 or visit hatties.com.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive your next new vehicle, then take it out to celebrate at your favorite restaurant – or try one of these popular restaurants in Dallas if you’ve never been before.

U.T. Edition Chevy Trucks

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If you are in the market for a Silverado and want to show your support for the University of Texas, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado University of Texas Edition. You can choose from a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive crew cab LT or LTZ. The trucks feature the Texas Edition Package.

U.T. Edition with Texas Edition Package

The Texas Edition Package features 20-inch polished aluminum wheels on the LT trim level and 20-inch chrome wheels on the LTZ trim level. The LT trim level also features body color mirrors and door handles while the LTZ trim level features chrome mirrors and door handles. Both trim levels feature the Texas Edition badge; and the LTZ features a spray-in bedliner.

LTZ Truck Configuration

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ with 1 LZ features a crew cab with a short box and two-wheel drive; a 5.3-liter V-8 fuel injected EcoTec3 engine backed by an automatic transmission, four doors, leather-appointed seats, front bucket seats with heated cushions and seat backs, 10-way power for the driver and front passenger seats, two-position driver memory and adjustable head restraints.

Additional options include chromed tubular assist steps, spray-on bedliner with the bowtie logo, a floor-mounted console with movable cup holders, power cord management and cell phone storage, sunset orange metallic paint, Chevrolet MyLink audio, an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen with navigation, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM radio, USB ports, an SD card slot, Bluetooth, hands-free smart phone integration, Pandora Internet Radio and voice activation for the radio and phone.

Engine and Transmission

The EcoTec3 5.3-liter engine makes 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. It is backed by an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking.

Additional Texas Edition Features

Additional features you’ll find on the Texas Edition include Bose sound speakers on some models, a max trailering package on some models, all-season blackwall tires, special UT decals on the side of the bed and rear tailgate, a Bose sound system with a seven-speaker system including a sub woofer if the truck is ordered with bucket seats – this is included with the LTZ Plus Package and rear under seat storage.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive one of the new Texas Edition models and to learn more about this models features.

Chevy Youth Baseball Team Sponsorship

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Chevy Youth Baseball is in its 10th year. This grassroots community outreach program helps bring baseball – America’s favorite pastime – together with America’s favorite brand – Chevrolet. Each dealership involved, including Classic Chevrolet, is in a Local Marketing Association. The dealership and association sponsor one youth baseball league in the community.

Making a Difference

The dealerships make a difference in the lives of the entire team by providing a test drive fundraising opportunity, equipment donations and a sponsorship check. The program helps to get the Chevrolet brand out in front of people’s minds and it also gives children a chance to be involved in a sport they otherwise may not be able to participate in.

Because of the donations, the local youth baseball programs have a chance to grow and gives the dealership to build a relationship with the community. Classic Chevrolet will provide items such as Chevy-branded youth baseball equipment, a presentation check, Chevy youth baseball banners, a sponsorship check, invitations for league members to attend a free instructional clinic and a test drive fundraising opportunity.

The banners features Chevy vehicles and are customized with the dealership’s name. The test drive fundraiser allows the league to earn more sponsorship dollars. The sponsorship and presentation checks are given by the association to the dealership and are to be presented to the league. Each check is $500.

The dealership will also provide one or more ½-day instructional clinics for the league. The participants will receive free fundamental training from instructors who are experienced.

Visit Classic Chevy

Visit Classic Chevy today to learn more about our participation in the Chevy Youth Baseball Team and to learn how you can help with fundraising for the local league. You never know who you might help take that step into high school and college baseball, and who you might just push into professional baseball with your help.

Get Your Father a Chevy!

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Even though Father’s Day 2014 is over, you can still get your dad a Chevy at Classic Chevrolet for Father’s Day! Does your father like hunting, taking trips, fishing or does he work all the time? Choose a vehicle that fits his lifestyle needs and you will have gotten him the best present he’s ever received.

For a dad that likes to go hunting and fishing – or a dad that needs a truck for work – a Silverado would be perfect. For a dad that commutes to the office or likes to take long trips, consider a sedan or SUV. We even have Chevys for dads who have everything they need for work and most types of play. If this is going to be a second vehicle, you might even consider getting dad a Corvette or a Camaro.

If you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place with the decision because your dad is the greatest and does everything, the 2015 Silverado 3500HD Double Cab with a long bed is perfect. It can haul an RV for hunting, fishing and family trips; it can haul tools for work; it can even double as a comfortable-riding vehicle for long trips. Of course, it won’t catch a Corvette on the highway, but you can still beat a Corvette at the bracket drag strip – and it will turn a lot of heads!

The 3500 features a 6.0-liter Vortec engine with variable valve timing. It also runs on E85 or unleaded fuel. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic heavy-duty transmission that is electronically controlled and features overdrive and a tow/haul mode. The transmission also features cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking.

This combination puts out 360 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. The rear axle features a 4.10 gear and a locking rear; and the suspension includes 51mm twin tube shock absorbers and a 33mm front stabilizer bar.

This model features a trailering hitch platform, seven-wire harness, independent fused trailering circuits, a connector for four-way use for trailers without brakes or lights, an external engine cooler, an auxiliary external transmission cooler, a heavy-duty battery, an integrated trailer brake controller, frame-mounted front recovery hooks, and an aluminized stainless steel muffler and tailpipe.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive your dad’s next new vehicle and give him the surprise of his life!

Take Your Chevy Out to the Ball Game this Summer

Tailgating is not just for football – take your Chevy out to the ball game with the Texas Rangers this summer. With over 45 home games left, you’ll have plenty of partying to do. Load up the cooler, grill, a baseball, baseball glove and tailgating food for a great time. And, if you don’t have a vehicle that is conducive to tailgating, stop by Classic Chevy to get a certifiable tailgating vehicle.

The Rangers’ home games for the summer are:

  • Saturday, June 6 at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday, June 7 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Indians;
  • Monday, June 8 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Indians;
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9 and 10 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Marlins;
  • Tuesday through Thursday, June 24 through 26 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Tigers;
  • Friday, June 27 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Twins;
  • Saturday, June 28 at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday, June 29 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Twins;
  • Monday, July 7 through Wednesday, July 9 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Astros;
  • Thursday, July 10 and Friday July 11 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Angels;
  • Saturday, July 12 at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Angels;
  • Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 7:05 p.m., and Sunday, July 27 at 6:05 p.m. versus the Athletics;
  • Monday, July 28 through Wednesday, July 30 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Yankees;
  • Monday, August 11 through Thursday, August 14 at 7:05 p.m. versus the Rays;
  • Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16 at 7:05 p.m., and Sunday, August 17 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Angels;
  • Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23 at 7:05 p.m., and Sunday August 24 at 2:05 p.m. versus the Royals.

The games continue into September – the Rangers are playing the Mariners, Angels, Braves, Astros and Athletics at the home games.

While you’re in the area for the games, consider making a complete day of it and visiting Six Flags Over Texas, The Parks at Arlington, and Seven Seas Marine Life Park. You’ll have a blast at the parks, then have a tailgate party and watch some all-American baseball.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet before you head out to the games to pick up your next new Chevrolet or to get your current vehicle serviced.

Chevy Volt

If you are in the market for a new “green” vehicle, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a 2013 Chevrolet Volt. Not only do you get a vehicle with outrageous fuel economy, but these 2013 models come with a deep discount. With the discount plus Consumer Cash, you will save over $8,300 on the Volt*.

Entertainment System: The Volt’s entertainment system features MyLink radio, an AM/FM stereo, MP3 player, CD player and a 7-inch diagonal touch screen display. MyLink includes Bluetooth streaming audio, voice recognition, Pandora, Stitcher, Gracenote and a six-speaker system. The Volt’s entertainment system also features an auxiliary input jack and USB port in the center console, SiriusXM radio and MyVOLT vehicle connectivity.

Interior Features: When you test drive the Volt, you’lll notice that the cloth front bucket seats feature adjustable head restraints and reclining seatbacks. Both front seats feature seat adjusters to move the seat forward and backward, up and down, and into the recline position. You’ll notice the Volt has plenty of storage including a covered center console, cup holders, and storage in the upper instrument panel and in front of the shifter. Additionally, the Volt features three auxiliary power outlets. The outlets are located in the front center console, upper instrument panel storage bin and in the rear console.

The steering column is tilt and telescopic and the steering wheel has a comfort grip. The audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel. The instrumentation includes a 7-inch diagonal digital reconfigurable LCD screen for the compass, driver information center and efficiency gauge.

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You can choose from three driving modes: Normal, sport and mountain. The center controls are touch sensitive. You’ll also notice the electronic push-button start and keyless ignition, programmable door locks with lockout protection, keyless access, remote vehicle start and stolen vehicle assistance. OnStar turn-by-turn navigation is also included.

Engines: The 1.4-liter gas or range extender engine makes 83 horsepower and runs on premium fuel. The Voltec electric drive makes 149 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The rechargeable energy storage system includes a liquid thermal management system with active control.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to get a full list of the Chevrolet Volt safety, entertainment and convenience features. The dealership has plenty of 2013 models and all have a discount.

 

* see http://www.classicchevrolet.com/ for full offer details

Date Night Ideas in DFW

After you pick up your new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, you may want to go out and celebrate. Even if you are married with children, you can enjoy a date night with your spouse. The day you choose will depend on your work schedule and how late you want to stay out. Find a baby sitter you like because you may want to have a date night every week once you see how much fun it is.

Until the end of football season, you can catch a football game, and then head out to one of the many restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for a fun dinner. If you catch a Saturday game, the Pour House has live music on Saturdays – and Fridays – but if you catch a Sunday game, you won’t get the live music. You can also visit one of the many sports bars in the area including Christie’s and Katy Trail Ice House.

If you prefer something a little more romantic for a date night, you can visit a winery, including the Calais Winery, which is one of the few wineries that make its wine on site. After some wine tasting, head out for a romantic dinner. If it’s not too late or if you are a couple that enjoys staying out late, head out for some dancing.

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If you want to turn date night into a date weekend, head out to WinStar World Casino and Resort, located in just across the border of Oklahoma north of DFW. Before you head out, plan your weekend to make it extra special. Choose the perfect restaurant for a romantic dinner, and choose a good hotel in the area.

Date nights are something you set up based on your own preferences, but these ideas should give you a good start – and if you want that date night to be the first place you go in your brand new Chevrolet from Classic Chevy, make sure you plan ahead so you can head out after you drive off the Classic Chevrolet lot!

Get Better Fuel Economy in Your Chevrolet Part II

As I mentioned before in a previous post, the list of things we can do to get better fuel economy out of our Chevrolet goes on and on and some of these things don’t really do enough to make a difference.

Lucky for you, we’re here to educate you on the ones that do make a difference. We’ve already talked about how we can save by shopping around for low prices, passing on premium gas unless it’s required, reducing our drag, monitoring our tire pressure and selecting “eco” routes. Today, I’ll share a few more tips you can add to your list to really make difference.

No idling. There is no need to warm up your car or keep it running while waiting for passengers. The general rule-of-thumb is to turn off your car if you know you’ll be stopped for more than 30 seconds. Don’t worry about the starter, it is designed for multiple, repeated starts. If your Ford has a push start button, then there is really no reason you should idle.

Combine trips. Avoid making multiple short trips or try to combine all errands into one trip. If you can, avoid rush hour, as sitting in traffic burns more gas and emits more pollutants. Why not try carpooling?

Watch your speed. For those of you out there who like to drive fast, this one will make a huge difference. Did you know that the faster you drive on the highway, the worse your gas mileage will be? ConsumerReports.org saw fuel economy in a tested Camry drop 5 mpg when we  cruising speed was increased from 55 mph to 65. Driving at 75 mph cost an additional 5 mpg. Even though it may be hard for some of you to do, try it. I promise you’ll see a difference.

Drive smoothly. Avoid hard acceleration and braking when possible. In the same Camry, ConsumerReports.org found that frequent bursts of acceleration and braking reduced fuel economy by 2 to 3 mpg.

Give the other tips a try and let us know what the results are. I doubt we’ll find anyone who says they didn’t see even a little bit of a difference. In the meantime, check out this video from ConsumerReports.org.

Chevrolet Introduces Ecologic™ Environmental Labels

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Awhile back, I told you guys about the new fuel economy labels that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently modified. Leave it to Chevrolet to take these new revised labels a step further.

On January 26, Chevrolet announced that its vehicles sold in the US will have Ecologic™ environmental labels on the windows, starting with the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, that will let customers see some of the environmental features of the vehicle relating to manufacturing, driving and recycling.

Chevy is the first of the automakers to introduce this new type of label that can be seen as early as March on the rear driver-side windows of Sonics followed by other Chevrolet models later this year.

In a press release, General Motors North America President, Mark Reus, said, “Customers want companies to be honest and transparent about their environmental efforts and sustainability goals, and rightly so. Putting an Ecologic label on each Chevrolet is just one more way for us to share our environmental progress.”

The new label communicates vehicle-specific features to customers in the following areas:

  • Before the road: Environmental aspects related to vehicle manufacturing and assembly.
  • On the road: Fuel-saving features such as advanced engine technologies, aerodynamics, lighter weight components or low-rolling resistance tires.
  • After the road: How 85% by weight of the vehicle can be recycled at the end of its lifespan.

Eileen Claussen, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), said “Chevrolet’s goal to invest millions in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other lower-carbon projects to reduce U.S. emissions by up to 8 million metric tons demonstrates innovative corporate leadership. With this new labeling program, Chevrolet not only gives easy access to information customers want, it again shows its commitment to the environment.”

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t agree more with Eileen. As a lover of Chevrolets in Dallas Ft Worth, isn’t it nice to know how focused Chevy is on ways to save fuel and alternative energy sources? Not to mention how important the environment is to the company.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

[Source: GM Media]

Chevrolet Celebrates the Corvette’s 60th Anniversary with a Special Edition 2013 Corvette 427

chevrolet dealership dallas ft worthThe Corvette has been around for what seems like decades… six to be precise, and this year, GM has something special planned to mark the Corvette’s 60th anniversary – a special edition 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible. A lot of times, “special editions” usually just mean a different trim, paint job, wheels or little logo. But that’s hardly the case here.

The 427 Convertible borrows hardware from the Z06 and has the same rear axle as the Z06 along with magnetic ride control. Under the hood, the 427 sports a 427-cubic-inch LS7 V8 under its hood producing 505 horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque. You know what that means, don’t you Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet lovers?  If you guessed that this is the most powerful Corvette Convertible ever produced, you are correct.  The 427 Convertible blends elements of the Z06 and ZR1 models to create the fastest and most-capable convertible in Corvette’s history. Excited yet?

The 2013 model is more than just a “special edition” for Corvette’s 60th anniversary. It also marks the final year for the current ‘C6’ generation. In a press release last week, Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategy for Chevrolet, Chris Perry, said “We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate these milestones than bringing back one of the most-coveted combinations in the brand’s history – the Corvette convertible and a 427 cubic-inch engine.”

Like the Z06, the 427 Convertible is only available in a six-speed manual transmission (as it should be in my opinion) and also features several carbon-fiber components that help reduce weight, including a carbon fiber raised hood, carbon fiber Z06-style fenders and carbon fiber floor panels.

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Now lets talk power-to-weight ratios. This is a calculation that measures actual performance of an engine. It’s also used as a way to compare overall performance between vehicles. The ratio is the engine’s power out divided by the weight of the vehicle. Here’s a few ratios from some of the well-known speedsters out there:

  • Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet – 6.90
  • Audi R8 5.2 RSI Spyder – 7.58
  • Aston Martin DBS Volante Convertible – 7.82
  • Ferrari California Convertible – 8.31

With the weight reduction, the 427 Convertible’s curb weight comes to 3,355 pounds (1,522 kg). Combined with its 505-horsepower LS7 engine, it gives the 427 Convertible a power-to-weight ratio of 6.64. In case you didn’t notice, that’s better than all the mentioned above.

According to Chevrolet, the combination of low mass and high output will make the 427 Convertible one of the fastest convertibles in the world, delivering estimated 0-60 performance of 3.8 seconds, quarter-mile performance of 11.8 seconds, lateral acceleration of 1.04 g and a top speed of more than 190 mph.

The 427 Convertible will makes it’s first public appearance on Jan. 21 at the Barrett Jackson collector car auction in Arizona, and is scheduled to arrive at Chevrolet dealerships early this summer. I’ll be sure to post more updates as they come,  DFW Chevy fanatics.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.