I just got off the phone with Jason Hice, who was head cheffing at the British Beverage Company when it first opened on November 1. He sent me an email the other day, telling me he moved over to JoJo Eating House & Bar, which is right down the street from the new pub. Apparently, Hice has been a little too friendly with his neighbors.
“I made real good friends with Laurent,” says Hice. “He’s a true old-school chef.”
Hice has a background working in French cuisine, so he and Poupart, the owner of JoJo, hit it off. The ex-BBC chef used to walk across Routh and share his dishes with Poupart. “I think they got a little mad that I was coming over here [JoJo].”
The owners of BBC (there’s about 12 of them, Hice says) told Hice he was let go. (“The sous chef came over and was taking pictures while I was helping Laurent one day, and I think that’s what set them off.”) Hice told Poupart what happened, and the next day, Poupart called him to offer him a new job: the role of chef de cuisine at JoJo. He’s making the same amount he was before, and now he’s much happier.
The new JoJo employee can’t sing enough praises about Poupart. “It was a good move; it was going to happen…It’s a better kitchen and this guy [Poupart] gets the best ingredients possible. The techniques are really cool.”
SideDishers, this makes me wonder: How friendly can you be with your competition? Is sharing dishes with another restaurant a fireable offense?
A lot has already been said about Ascension Coffee already, so I won’t bog you down with details. (Plus, news of the Connecticut shooting today has made it terribly hard for me to concentrate on anything. It’s been a rather dreadful day, and all my thoughts are going out to the families affected by what’s happened.)
Here are a few snappy ones, anyway:
Service starts bright and early tomorrow morning at 8 a.m.
All I’m doing this weekend is catching up on Season 3 of Downton Abbey. I am so behind that it’s embarrassing. Also, Christmas shopping and Christmas-card making… I guess I need to do those, too. But they’re clearly not as important as Downton. Nope.
4 p.m. | Stone Vertical Epic Ale, The Final Chapter | Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House – Go for the vertical tasting of 10 editions of Stone Vertical Epic Ale. Receive a flight with 3 oz. samples of each edition from 3/3/3 to 12/12/12. Starts at 4 p.m. until the keg runs dry.
Noon – 3 p.m. | Third Saturday Lunch | Private Social - Rocco Milano will be mixing holiday cocktails while you munch on fried chicken with green beans, dirty rice, and potato salata. $20 per person.
Noon – 5 p.m. | Dallas Winter Warmer Beer Festival | Annette Strauss Square – Yes, this is Dallas’ first winter beer festival. Why didn’t anybody think of this before? All guests receive a 6 oz. brandy snifter and 2 oz. samples. Save $10 on tickets if you enter Sigel’s promo code. Check out the beers that’ll be there. The list is long and never-ending.
5 p.m. | TJ’s Lobster Boil | Veritas Wine Room – Apparently, November’s event was such a hit that the boys from Veritas and TJ’s have decided to make this a monthly event. Eat your fill of lobster, littleneck clams, PEI mussels, corn, and potatoes + wine (duh) for only $30 per person. Email Bradley Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make your reservations. Hurry now.
I learned a wonderful lesson on this venture, and I might even say I embraced a new perspective. The first hour I spent at the new beer joint, Craft & Growler, was muddled by sunlight. Initially, I thought of the interior and its personality as an empty classroom space with very little warmth. It seemed unfinished and not particularly conducive to the cavernous regions of depth and darkness that I prefer whilst I drink the sweet nectar of hops. But as the sun set softly behind the city streets, I found my eyes growing used to this large brew house of joy and wealth. I immediately realized that perhaps it was because I started imbibing at 4 in the afternoon, when no one else was there, and the hefty wooden tables that covered the place shone too brightly. I asked a stranger to slap my face for my shortsightedness and initial snobbery. The night came with a soothing winter gust of bar folk, conviviality, and dimly lit coziness. I sat back in my low leaning leather chair at the front corner, all patrons before me enlivened by the energy and ease that swept through Craft & Growler. Darkness descended with its loving arms. I apologize.
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