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New Restaurant, Kindal’s in Dallas, Features Talents of Billy Webb and Kelly Hightower

jean-michel-basquiat-picture2I just received a press release announcing the opening of Kindal’s, a “Tokyo meets Texas” restaurant set to open January 27, 2010, that targets live music connoisseurs looking for top-notch musical acts and international soul fusion cuisine.”

International soul food. That’s a new one for me. Anywhoo, the release goes on to detail “the multi-level venue with live jazz, R&B, neo-soul and upscale dining will captivate guests with its musical ambiance. From local and national musical acts to comedy to spoken word and Gospel on Sunday for the “Gospel Brunch”, Kindal’s will offer an array of entertainment seven days a week… Kindal’s will celebrate the contributions of Black American culture with in depth video montages on artists such as painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and photographer James Van Der Zee, an artist of the Harlem Renaissance, just to mention a few.” (This whole deal sounds vaguely familiar.)

Buried near the bottom: “The Kindal’s menu is guided by consulting Chef Billy Webb, a 20 year veteran of the Dallas food scene.  Webb, who was the former Executive Chef at Rooster, a southern influenced new American restaurant, is currently creating his magic at Opio Restaurant in University Park. Kindal’s Executive Chef Kelly Hightower’s resume includes Hattie’s, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Tei Tei Robata Bar, and Kavala Mediterranean Grill.  It was at Tei Tei where Hightower developed his passion for sushi and at Hattie’s were his keen palate for southern flavors was perfected.  Thus his love for all things southern and all things Japanese combined in the form of Soul-Shi, Kindal’s signature dish of Southern-style sushi.” Money quote: “Tokyo meets Texas with a sushi/southern culinary union at Kindal’s, serving black-eyed pea tuna rolls and Bayou Rolls.”

Huh? What? Explique por favor? I called Kavala’s and got voice mail. I called the number for Kidal’s and got the high-pitched squeal of a fax machine. The joint is located at 10333 Technology Boulevard (southwest corner of I35 and Northwest Highway). Hours of operations are 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. seven days a week.

[Sidebar: Speaking of Basquiat, I almost got sued for these two reports.]

10 comments on “New Restaurant, Kindal’s in Dallas, Features Talents of Billy Webb and Kelly Hightower

  1. Sorta like what Scott Jones did in making Cafe Italia Tex-Italian, but even goofier (and in an ill-fated location). Black-eyed pea tuna rolls? Is it April 1st already?

  2. Very unusual and therefore intriguing. However, this is Billy Webb’s “Emperor’s Clothes” moment. If this concept has been very carefully created and delimited, and if the execution has been perfected, then it will elevate Webb to the top tier of innovative chefs in Dallas. However, if the odd ingredient combinations turn out to be tone-deaf to flavors or badly constructed then this place will become just a nightclub.

  3. At least five years ago, when Blue nightclub opened, the Elm Street side of that building (corner of Elm and Harwood) had signs for the impending opening of a restaurant (affiliated with Blue) called Kindal’s. Obviously, it never opened back then, and I’m surprised it is getting off the ground now.

  4. I could be wrong, but looks like the sad location of an old Bennigans. Menu, location, good luck.

  5. It’s where Che opened and closed, after Don Pablo’s opened and closed. But Che and Don Pablo’s didn’t have upscale black-eyed pea covered sushi and Basquiat slide shows. Maybe that would have made a difference for them.

  6. Ah, well moments away in the Bennigans building they are constructing something. Odd and seedy area to be sure.

  7. Restaurant “Fuse”, under Blaine Staniford, already tried the Tex-Asian thing and it yea verily sucked, IMHO, for the most parts.

    But hey, the food will be no more goofy than, as has been written, the seedy location, where even having security guards in the parking lot doesn’t do much to prevent car burglaries.

    Tex-Mex, perhaps the most popular and populist cuisine in TX, wasn’t able to make it there… and Nori Sushi (which Dave Faries called “surprisingly good”) is already in that very same development, isn’t it?