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Ocho Kitchen and Cocktails in Dallas Closes for Renovation /Remodel

ochoLoyal SideDish reader with a camera phone for news and a bod for golf sends this photo. I’ve reached out for details.

It’s an open secret that Ocho has struggled since partners Brian (Mi Piaci) Black, Benjamin Crosland and Chef Eric (Coyote Café, Geronimo ) DiStefano’s opened in September 2012 . Opening chef Ross Demers left after two months. Noted chef Joel Harloff took over in late January 2013.

I hope the renovation/remodel refers to the menu, not the interior space because there is nothing wrong with it. Ocho has two hard-to-fix realities: the location (just south of Northwest Highway) is difficult to reach and the competition from the numerous restaurants in Preston Center is fierce. The newish Nick & Sam’s Grill has sucked up a lot of business in the area.

If I was a betting man, and I’m neither, I might wager DiStefano has pulled out of the partnership and the menu, which contains some of his creations, is in for an overhaul. Then again, the first time I saw Madonna perform at Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985 I turned to my friend and said, “This gal is going nowhere.”