A couple of weeks ago, “Worzel Gummidge” posted on Dallasfood.org that Normandie Alliance was closing its current location and reopening later in another spot. I linked to the story. Over the weekend, I heard from Christel Perrette of Normandie Alliance who says the cozy French spot will not reopen. She told me a sad tale and I asked her if she wanted to leave word here for her customers. She writes:
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Thank you for your offer to give a message to our customers. And especially because we learned that sometimes they don’t receive our emails, without we receive any notice of failure (this is one of the email mysteries).
You can tell them that Normandie Alliance has contacted you. That we explained to you, the “scoop” is wrong. Maybe “Worzel_Gummidge” has just misunderstood, or maybe he is a friend of our landlord, who is the blogger “REDACTED” (this is what we have discovered, as well as it seems that “REDACTED” is his close friend the broker – at this time, we have no proof of that but we suspect it when we read him – as well as “REDACTED” seems to be a friend of him too – because we know very well our regular customers and no one of them would be able to say what he said) and tried by this way to make us confused, to push us to go back to France and never try to sue them for their offenses.
Also you can tell them that we’ve never lied to them and it still be true that we have a good new concept, we would like to do on Belt line (because it won’t be too far for them to come) but as they know it won’t be a Normandie Alliance restaurant, it won’t be a restaurant at all but, as it’s our profession, it would be about food. As we told them, we confirm that before to be able to do it we need first to find an investor and at this time, as we told them, we’ve found nobody.
You can tell them too that we apologize to have been obligated to stop Normandie Alliance in the middle of June, therefore to have been obligated to cancel the cabaret dinner-show on June 27; because we know that as at 2 weeks of it they were already more than 100 people having reserved and looking forward of it. We are so sorry to have disappointed them. As well as we are so sorry for those who told us that they were very shocked to find the notice on the restaurant closed front door because they loved coming there. We’ve enjoyed a lot the time we’ve had with them and hope to find the way to see them again, to share more.
You can confirm them that, now, we are in the process to sue our landlord, the broker and the companie which managed our lease and ready to go until the end of this story whatever we will need to go through, and, at the same time, that we are ready to meet a potential investor for our new concept. But anyway Normandie Alliance it’s over.
You can tell them everything we have written here before or only the part you want, but thank you to be careful and do not change the meaning of what we have written.
You might not know this, but our co-worker Zac Crain is a vegetarian. He is craving a veggie burger. Read on:
What places in town offer house-made veggie burgers?
Or, at least, non-Boca or Gardenburger or Morningstar Farms veggie burgers?
Essentially, burgers I can’t make at home.
My favorite used to be at the Stoneleigh P, but they discontinued it. I know
the Monk and Capitol Pub both have house-made veggie burgers. Looking for
Help? Anyone? (And for those who remember, we did post something about this about a year ago. However, most of the commenters spent more time debating the merits of a meat-free burger than giving helpful suggestions. Here’s hoping the pattern doesn’t repeat itself.)23 Comments »
The DMN reports that Oceanaire Seafood Room at the Galleria has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Dallas. Initial court filings indicate that Oceanaire (Yikes! Cheesy music on their web site.) owes between $10 million and $50 million to 50 to 99 creditors; assets are listed as $10 million or less.
UPDATE: I just pulled this from the comments. NN
Hello, My name is Jeff Bowman and I am the General Manager/Operating Partner of The Oceanaire Seafood Room here in Dallas. I want to let everyone know that the Oceanaire here in Dallas is still open for business. We have been and will continue to be the premier seafood restaurant for people seeking the best dining experience in the Metroplex.16 Comments »
According to one diner on the scene, the former president and wife dined at Bugatti Ristorante on Friday night. Zee, spill the details.5 Comments »
Over the weekend, I was privileged to be at the family lake house in East Texas in the company of four of my five perfect nieces and one nephew. We did a lot of cooking (thank you Richard Chamberlain for the brisket recipe) and we made ice cream. We ate handfuls of Texas blueberries, tomatoes, and peaches. One of my five perfect nieces, Jamie (churning the ice cream), wants to be a chef. The other three want to be food critics. Katie, Hannah, and Mia have started Kid Kritics, a blog about food. So far, they have two reviews up. I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly.
This week on TNFNS, we see lots of Rachael Ray, some pandering to children, Bobby’s pinstripe suit, and a major freeze from two contestants. Jump!3 Comments »
Yep. It doesn’t get more vague than this news post. But this is all I know. There’s a new Greek restaurant/bakery going in the old Jaci’s taqueria space on Davis Street in Bishop Arts. Have any SideDishers heard anything about this? I’m ready for some baklava in the OC. (Yes, I know Kavala serves it too. Work with me here.)4 Comments »