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Proof + Pantry ÷ Bad Name= New Restaurant in One Arts Plaza

This guy can get away with it.

I like barman Michael Martensen. He has done some impressive work here in Dallas. I’ve heard Sal Jafar II, co-founder of Driftwood, is a lovely man. So it is potentially excellent news to announce these two men have formed a partnership to open a new restaurant in the space formerly known as The Commissary.

The first paragraph of the press release notes Proof + Pantry is “a multi-faced American restaurant and bar featuring progressive, yet approachable American fare along with a diverse and original bar program.” Then it goes on to say P+P “will offer both simplicity and sophistication, focusing on clean flavors, impeccably sourced ingredients and inspiration from seasonality and global cuisine.” Confused? Me too.

It is terrific they are developing the space. Maybe a groovy bar will be the charm that breaks the spell on One Arts Plaza. But I have to say, the name gives me tired head. And it’s hard to say whether you read is as Proof Plus Pantry or Proof and Pantry. (Try both out loud right now.)  I can’t imagine someone saying, “Hey honey, put on your red shoes and let’s hit Proof + Pantry tonight.” Mike & Sal’s, Booze Sold Here, Please Eat and Drink Here would be a few of my suggestions. The name of their hospitality company Misery Loves Company would get me there opening night. “Hey honey, how about a little Misery Loves Company tonight?” I’d buy new red shoes to go there.

Look for Proof + Pantry to open in early summer. For the record, I never thought the name Neighborhood Services would work. So there is that.