On June 15, I reported Robert Colombo’s “deal” to “buy” Primo’s. It was a complicated transaction that essentially made Colombo a partner in the restaurant which is owned by Phil Lacerte and Frank Linero. Colombo and crew were brought in to freshen the place up and manage the restaurant. Colombo hired Tony Porcaro, the former general manager at Nick& Sam’s and Bella Restaurant, to perform the same duties at Primo’s.
Porcaro is out and Colombo may be right behind him. The deal has never been formerly inked. At least that is what Colombo is saying. “We are going through difficult negotiations,” Colombo said. “We aren’t sure if it will be finalized but its been a good experience. We had the basics finalized. They aren’t restaurant guys and they brought us in to do renovations. But they’ve been in Aspen and the Bahamas so we didn’t get it executed.”
I asked Colombo what his official position at Primo’s is at this time. Is he still observing the restaurant’s operations? “Gee, I don’t have a definitive answer to it,” Colombo said. “We never did day-to-day or controlled the bank accounts. I’d say I’m actively negotiating and not technically a partner.” Colombo runs La Reve group which owns Villa-O and Sfuzzi’s. He recently closed Trece.
This Saturday, August 27, from 6pm to 9pm, Sigel’s will host a food truck festival at their Greenville Avenue location (just north of Lover’s Lane). It’s shaping up to be a hot event. Attending vendors include Gandolfo’s NY Deli, Jack’s Chowhound, Nammi Vietnamese, Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, 3 Men and a Taco, Enticed Shaved Ice, The Bomb Fried Pies, Trailercakes, and Mr. Cool Ice Cream. Sigel’s will have a craft beer and wine tasting in the store at the same time. An important note: You can’t go into the store, buy a 6-pack, and consume it onsite.
I’ve put together a guide to help you decide how to plan your taste tour. For this event, I’d recommend going with a 4-player team and share. While most trucks accept credit cards, I recommend bringing cash–lots of $1s and $5s. Parking will be tough, so carpool or take DART. There is a station 1 1/2 blocks away.
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What is the deal here? First, Maple & Motor meanie Jack Perkins opens a taco joint in the food court at U.T. Southwestern. Now comes word, Rusty Fenton, creator of Rusty Taco, has opened a new location in the Hospital District near Parkland Hospital directly across from UTSW. Cheap real estate or special healing powers in tacos? Who knows? Perhaps Fenton, who also founded Uncle Julio’s, says the taco spot is open all day and they have a drive-through window. Odd trend: Tacos joints and hospitals. Like cops and donuts?
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