Both Escape Hatch and Eater have reported that CampO Modern Bistro, which opened in August 2011, is now boarded up and locked down as of last night. Owners Miguel Vicéns and John Paul Valverde of Coevál say that Dallas didn’t latch onto their farm-to-fork focused restaurant as well as they’d hoped, and now the North Cliff eatery’s space is undergoing a redesign. The owners plan to open the new restaurant in 45 days.
“It’s bittersweet,” says Valverde. “Obviously, we know the amount of work that we’ve put into CampO. We’re not crossing our hands and saying we’re giving up. We’re seeing what a big mass of people loves versus what a small, wonderful crowd loves.”
Matt McCallister, the execuchef of CampO when it first opened, had just gotten off the phone with Valverde when I rang him up. Valverde broke the news to him today, so he hadn’t known that a new concept had been in the works for the last four weeks. “I hope whatever concept they’re working on they get success out of it,” he says. But right now, McCallister is focused solely on his baby, FT33, and he hasn’t been in the CampO loop lately. The owners say they just had lunch with the most current execuchef, Michael Ehlert, today, and the split has been amicable.
As for the new concept, Valverde and Vicéns are still kicking around ideas and finalizing all the details. Valverde says the new restaurant in the North Beckley space will have “casual, approachable cuisine.” They’re going to “shoot for having grade-A products just like (they) did at CampO.” Local ingredients, quality food, and the rest of the whole nine yards. From the sound of it, the concept is going to be completely different from CampO’s. The Coevál team wants to reach a bigger demographic, so presumably, its going to cater more to what the majority likes. And what the majority likes… well, isn’t CampO.
Patti Stanger, the star of Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, has found her match as a partner in TY KU Premium Sake & Spirits.
Stanger will make her first retail appearance as a partner in TY KU to share her thoughts on what makes it the “champagne of all sakes.” She’ll be signing retail bottles and talking about her favorite cocktails at the Whole Foods Market of Lakewood today from 4-6 p.m.
Stanger said that her interests expanded to becoming a partner in TY KU after realizing that TY KU’s sake was different from others on the market. Stanger’s stringent low-calorie, gluten-free diet works with TY KU sake because the premium spirit is all-natural, organic, and free of gluten, sulfites and tannins.
Last night I dropped by Tried and True, the newest bar/restaurant creation by Nick Badovinus. I don’t know how this man does it, but he has pulled together another unique and spirited concept. Badovinus has a loyal team of chefs who helped him construct yet another ingenious food menu. It’s short, but oh so cool: whiskey pate, flat top pork chop and country ham sandwich topped with smoked cheddar and house made apple butter ($13); peppered beef nachos ($11); and platters of country hams from Broadbent (Kuttawa, KY), Meacham (Sturgis, KY), and Benton (Madisonville, TN). The full menu is here!
Cocktails feature 86 Company Spirits, founded by Jason Kosmas. The beer selection is divided into Texas, American, and International. The whiskey program at TNT is vast and includes bourbon from some of Kentucky’s legendary distilleries such as Woodford Reserve’s small batch, Makers Mark ‘46’, and Four Roses’ small batch listed alongside a Old Rip Van Winkle (aged for ten years) and the 100-proof Rock Hill Farms single barrel straight bourbon.
Recently (okay, more like the last two years), I’ve been obsessed with these Holland Lops bunnies. And since I’m calling today Furry Friday, you get the joy of sharing my obsession, too. May all you SideDish readers have a very grumpy bunny weekend.
If I’ve learned anything from Vogue‘s September issue this year, it’s this: Hair is the new accessory. Don a wig at Wiggin’ Out for MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) tonight at Dee Lincoln’s for $25. The first 100 wig-wearing people get swag bags.
Director Brandon Castillo is hosting the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market out on the 2800 block of Main Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Denton’s Boxcar Bandits will be out there playing some bluegrass while La Grange pops up with a bar right across the street. Make sure and get some end-of-the-summer barbecue from Zen Bistro as well.
The annual Dallas Flea Market is back at the south side of Lamar from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.! There will be food trucks, so when you need a break from all the shopping that Raya Ramsey suggests, you can grab a bite to eat. My friend Hayley Juster will also be there with her booth called Jade Wolf Art, so stop by and take a look at her acrylic paintings. I’m sure one of you needs a new somethin’ somethin’ to hang in your living room.
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