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Rene Peeters Emerges: He Will Reopen Watel’s and Two New Businesses on Lower Greenville.

When Watel’s, the charming cozy French bistro in the Allen Street Cottage closed on April 12th, many insiders felt owner Rene Peeters was getting out of the business. He has spent the last few months holding special occasion meals at different locations around town. Today, he outlines his new grand plan. “I have signed leases in the Lower Greenville area,” says Peeters, “Within the next few months I will open three venues.”

First, he’s opening a café and market with casual dining at moderate prices. “The recipes will be a reflection of my world upbringing and travels,” said Peeters. “Some dishes will be authentic; some will be  creative. The size of the portions will be suitable for mezze-tapas-sushi bar-style dining. The menu will change daily.”  The market side will be small and feature food and nonfood items from around the world. There will be pastries, breads, prepared dishes, and deli dishes all made on premises plus canned, jarred, and dry goods. Other items include “trinkets and practical items” from around the world. Peeters describes them as “fair-market-minimal-or-no-middlemen-eco-friendly-green-hipfit-help-poor-tribes” items.

The café and market will be called World Piece.

Next door, Peeters will open an antique store and art gallery that will double as an events space.  “I hope to call it “A Few of my Favorite Things,” says Peeters. “I hope I don’t get sued by Rodgers or Hammerstein estates.”

His third business, on Lewis Street near Greenville, will be the reopening of Watel’s, a white tablecloth dining room also available for private parties and events.

9 comments on “Rene Peeters Emerges: He Will Reopen Watel’s and Two New Businesses on Lower Greenville.

  1. As a Lower Greenville resident, this is some of the best news I’ve heard in a loooooooooong time! Any info on which of the locations on Lower Greenville he’s leasing?

  2. Anne Mironchik, jazz vocalist will be performing live, Sunday, August 9, 6:30pm, at Watel’s on Lower Greenville, 1804 Greenville Ave. 3-course jazz dinner, $49. Reservations suggested. 214-720-0323

  3. Congratulations to Lower Greenville, and to you and the staff. This must be what all of those fireworks were about.

  4. Great news! Thanks Diane for keeping me posted. I hope to be one of the first customers. That makes drivng to Dallas worth it!

  5. I live in the area and I am so excited! There are tons of young professionals in the area, so the money is there. The problem is that it takes more than one nice place, now we have three! I will certainly bring my business there!

  6. Please note price in above comment from Anne Mironchik is wrong. We are offering a special price of $29 to introduce one of our new spaces!

  7. EVENTS
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    6 course tasting “PREVIEW” dinner Sat Sept 26 at your choice of time starting at 7:00pm. $34 per person.
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    COOKING CLASS with 3 course dinner at 5:00 pm Sat Sept 26. After class you will be served a 3 course dinner.
    Topic: Versatile Sauces; sauces that can change by adding or subtracting a few ingredients and can be used in a variety of dishes. We will also entertain requests.
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    dinner LIVE MUSIC EVENTS:

    $10 cover is WAIVED with purchase of optional 3 course dinner for $34.
    Bar seating without dinner is available for a $10 cover charge.
    ADVANCE PURCHASE REQUIRED for either dinner or bar seating at 214 720 0323.

    Every Sun
    The Shelley Carrol Brad Leali Big Band featuring Sandra Kaye on vocals
    World Class Top Level 16 piece orchestra, a must see!

    Sat Oct 3
    THE ROLLING BEATLES
    Quartet plays jazz arrangements of Beatles and Stones
    featuring the marvelous guitarist SAM WALKER

    Fridays OCT 9, & 30
    American Bedouin,
    Buddy Mohmed’s critically acclaimed band incorporates bits and pieces of music
    from around the world with the American tradition of Jazz and Blues improvisation
    Buddy Mohmed – guitar; Jamal Mohamed – percussion; Mark Menikos – violin.

    Fri Nov 6- Jazz with the Ellingsons (Kay vocals, Kent piano) & guest guitarist Chuck Pangburn

    Fri Nov 13
    Drake Adams Piper Jazz Trio Mike (drums) John (bass) Brian (keys)

    Sat Nov 14
    Americana/TxMusic duo: T-Roy & Candance Miller
    of “Pickin in the Pines” fame
    see: http://www.t-roymiller.com/

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    FOOD AND WINE TASTING
    5 courses paired with wines for $79 per person
    By Appointment

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    WINE TASTING CLASS

    By appointment

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    COOKING CLASSES are offered by appointment
    in DALLAS, and in the FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE

    2 in DALLAS
    1)An interactive demo with tastings and three more dinner courses. $55 per person.

    2)Chef Rene’ goes shopping with you and teaches you hands-on how to select and prepare a multiple course dinner from scratch, then serves you the dinner you have just prepared.
    $400.~ per group includes shopping, transportation, preparation, class, and dinner service. Ingredients and beverages are not included in price, they are paid by you at cost at time of shopping.
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    in French countryside

    Chef Rene’ takes you to a home in the French countryside, goes shopping with you and teaches you hands-on how to prepare a multiple course dinner from scratch, then serves you the dinner you have just prepared.
    $500.~ per group includes shopping transportation and time, preparation and class time, and dinner service. Ingredients and beverages are not included in price, they are paid by you at cost at time of shopping.
    We can help you with lodging arrangements.

    E Mail us your address to be on our distribution list for upcoming events: mail@watels.com