American’s new service to China has mayor thinking of Singapore

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As American Airlines announced new service from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to China last week, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price apparently had another destination in mind.

During Wednesday’s press conference, Price accidentally said “Singapore” instead of “Shanghai” a couple of times while reading her prepared remarks.

At one point, American CEO Tom Horton leaned over and asked Price: “Is that on your wish list?”

“Maybe,” Price laughed. “It’s next on the list.”

The event, held at American’s Admirals Club in Terminal D at D/FW Airport, was attended by several local Asian community leaders and North Texas business folks. They had been asking the carrier for DFW-to-China service for several years, and were glad to see American making a commitment to operate daily flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai starting next summer.

Former D/FW Airport CEO Jeff Fegan, who recently retired, even came up from his new home in Austin for the event. Fegan had lobbied American for years to launch service to China, and said he can’t wait to be able to take the nonstop, 16 hour-plus flight to Asia.

Southlake businessman wins lawsuits

Credit should be given to Tom Slone of Southlake for sheer doggedness.

In December, Slone settled a drawn-out case against fellow Tarrant County resident Farukh Aslam, a major investor in his Pakistani call center venture, Touchstone Communications. Aslam agreed to return $327,000 drained from a bank account in the South Asian country when, he told the Star-Telegram at the time, he thought the call center was collapsing.

Slone also alleged that while he tussled with Aslam, two influential Pakistani newspapers in 2008 repeated lies aimed at destroying his business reputation.

He filed a defamation suit against the English- and Urdu-language dailies, demanding compensation of 500 million rupees, equivalent to $4.7 million.

Although staff at the Daily Jang and The News issued a statement to the court that said Aslam had furnished the information they used, he wasn’t named a defendant.

And we recently learned that in June a district court in Islamabad ruled that Slone was defamed, but awarded only a tenth of what he was seeking. Fifty million rupees works out to $471,200. Slone did not respond to an email asking if he has collected the money.

Former Covey brew master creates a winner in Dallas

If you wondered what ever happened to award-winning brew master Jamie Fulton after he closed The Covey brewpub in Fort Worth three years ago, he has landed in Dallas where he is crafting spectacular brews for the Design District’s Community Beer Co.

Earlier this month, Fulton snared a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, one of the country’s top competitions, for his take on Extra Special Bitter, a style made famous by Fuller’s of Britain. He calls it Public Ale.

“Public Ale was a brand new recipe I made for Community,” Fulton emailed when asked what led him to brew the winning beer, the best in a field of 58 Extra Special Bitter beers. “Its inspiration was from the grandfather of ESBs: Fuller’s ESB.”

The British brewer enforced its trademark on ESB in Europe, but hasn’t tried to litigate across the pond.

“Kevin Carr, the founder of Community, really wanted something similar to the Fuller’s, and our Public Ale was my answer. It’s English through and through from the yeast to the Maris Otter English pale malt to the Goldings hops.”

Public Ale is available on tap in Fort Worth at Flying Saucer and Pour House, but the win is expected to help Community pick up some more local spigots soon.

RadioShack returns to its roots with concept store

Last week, RadioShack returned to the place where the chain began to open another of its new concept stores.

In 1921, before Charles Tandy bought the chain and moved it to Fort Worth, RadioShack first opened its doors near Boston. Now, just minutes away from that site, the consumer electronics chain has opened a completely remodeled location in Porter Square at 15 White St., Cambridge, Mass.

Like the first new concept store opened by CEO Joe Magnacca in Manhattan this summer, the Cambridge store features a new open design and many technology features such as a speaker wall and touchscreens.

The company plans to open one of the “high-touch” concept stores in the new Sundance Plaza this fall.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718

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