Not much to say, except that Pakpao – the Thai restaurant you’ve all been waiting for = is opening this Friday. Yaaaaaaaaaaay.Be The First To Comment
A sign announcing the opening of Waldron Lodge appeared overnight at 408 W. Seventh St., just around the corner from Bishop Street Market. Over the past few weeks, workers have been making quite a transformation to the 1930′s-era converted residence, restoring the porch to a rustic beauty fit for summertime people-watching.
But it wasn’t my imagination; general manager Kenneth Cross (a Bishop Arts native) confirmed that the restaurant had its grand opening last night. Chef Beau Johnson of Iron Chef fame is leading the kitchen, which promises “wild game, wild fish, and world-class drinks to all of its welcome guests.”
The menu is loaded with exotic offerings: pulled boar chilaquiles, duck tacos, rabbit sausage stew, and something that’s sounds like the grandaddy of all entrees: a 12-ounce ribeye with blue cheese potato galette and roasted carrots in a bourbon sauce.
Waldron Lodge plans to open for dinner service every day except Saturday, when it will open for lunch.
Ever since developers cleaned up the lot with a boarded-up gas station at Davis Street and Madison Avenue — just right across from 303 Bar and Grill — a few of my friends have put the tiny structure at the top of their wish list.
“I wish I could turn it into a cottage.”
“Wouldn’t that make a cute studio?”
“I’d totally love to open a record store there.”
As it turns out, restaurateur Cecilia Lopez (no relation to this writer) has big plans for the small spot.
Lopez, who also owns 303 Bar and Grill, plans to incorporate the garage into the design for a larger, new dining concept, tentatively called Pier 247. Continue reading "Old Gas Station at Davis and Madison to Open as Pier 247 Seafood Restaurant"
First things, first.
Co-owner Laurent Lesort wants everyone to know: “We [Le Bilboquet] are not a franchise. We are not a big company.”
The reason he’s saying this, in case you’re not familiar with Le Bilboquet history, is because there’s another French bistro in New York City with the exact same name and similar white-table-cloth look as the Le Bilboquet that has just opened its doors on 4514 Travis Street. The Dallas one has existed for 11 days. The one in New York? 27 years. After almost three decades in the Upper East Side, the cozy French restaurant that (some say) helped redefine New York brunch left its original location after the lease expired. It’ll soon re-open in a new spot this August.
Now, onto the fun part: Lesort (of the Dallas Le Bilboquet) and his friend/co-owner/business partner, Stephan Courseau, have known each other for 30 years. They went to high school together. They even worked at the Le Bilboquet on Upper East Side side-by-side, managing the New York restaurant for owner Philippe Delgrange. Then stars aligned and Courseau moved to Dallas with his family for business. He thought Dallas would be a great place for “something casual, something French,” says Lesort.
It would be the ideal city for a French neighborhood bistro. Continue reading "Sneak Peek: Le Bilboquet, a French Neighborhood Bistro, Opens on Travis Street"
Earlier today, I received an email from an anonymous source. The person is obviously on the inside of Ed Bailey’s business at Patrizo. He/she writes:
“As I am sure you are aware, the Fort Worth location has officially closed. On Thursday late night; Cristy Rather, Ryan Carbery and others emptied the store of any and all objects of value. This overnight run on the restaurant was all behind the back of the landlord, as the company broke yet another lease agreement.”
I emailed the note to Ken Kuczwaj, Patrizio’s Vice President of Brand Development. He replies:
“Sounds like that’s a sour ex-employees version. The store is closed. We couldn’t continue to lose money due to low sales and high rent.”
UPDATE: Kuczwaj sends a follow-up email:
“I am disappointed to see your headlines regarding Cristy and Ryan’s involvement in as you do delicately put it “staff swipes valuables.” For the record only food and wine and liquor was taken. All FFEs were left intact. I suggest you really check your sources before you print such derogatory comments towards rather and Carbery.”
For the record: I sent Kuczwaj the copy of this post in my original email. I have tempered the headline.
Huge bonking news: Kitchen LTO, a permanent pop-up restaurant in Trinity Groves, just announced its winners for the first round of the restaurant’s life. For four months, Norman Grimm will be executive chef of a restaurant that Coeval Studio (John Paul Valverde and Miguel Vicens) is designing. Hey, not a bad combo.
Grimm was most recently execucheffing at ACME F&B, but now, obviously, that’s no longer the case. He’s going to be introducing a new French/American menu at Kitchen LTO, along with Coeval Studio (the same guys who brought you CampO Modern Bistro, Outpost American Tavern, and Wicked Po’Boys). Kitchen LTO is slated to open on September 3.
Quick question, though: Do we have enough design firms in Dallas to keep this rotating-restaurant idea sustainable over a long period of time? Just curious.
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Mercat Bistro, located within Harwood International’s office tower Saint Ann Court in Uptown, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The press release only mentions homemade croissants, pastries, and coffee as food items that will be served at this “European-style bistro” with a “motley menu and wine list.” “Plates range from small plates to main courses, changing its offerings throughout the day.” Mercat is the Catalan word for market. 2501 n. Harwood (Moody and Harwood) 214-953-0917.
UPPITY DATE: Menu items:
Braised Mushrooms with sunny side up farm egg, fried bread crumb; House Ricotta & Honeycomb; Frisee Aux Lardon, veal sweetbreads, poached egg; Salmon Koulibiac, white wine cream sauce; Braised Short Rib, celery root and green apple; Grilled Giant Prawns, pappardelle with herbed butter; Zeppole, Italian fried doughnuts, house jam; Gingersnap Cheesecake, caramel.1 Comment »
The Uptown location of Naan Sushi is closed. Need a fix of sushi and karaoke? The Plano location is still rocking.
Chiladas, a family owned company, officially opens its second location today on Lovers Ln. The first is located in Plano at 6145 Windhaven Pkwy.
Owners Night Keyes (with Williamson Family Investments) and Katie Day greeted customers and media members at a preview yesterday, and encouraged them to try everything on the menu as they stepped up to the counter to order. I was invited as a guest.
Keyes and Day said they chose this location in order to appeal to the surrounding neighborhood. Located right off the Dallas North Tollway, the colorful and inviting patio is sure to draw in customers from the high traffic area.9 Comments »
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.”10 Comments »
Okay Uchi fans, the wait is over. Uchi is headed to Dallas. This afternoon comes word: The owners of Uchi announced the long-awaited location of their fourth restaurant, and the third location of Uchi, to open late 2014 or early 2015. The restaurant will be located in the ArtsCenter on the corner of Maple Avenue and Randall Street at 2817 Maple Avenue.
Got something to say Tyson Cole? “We are so excited to bring Uchi to Dallas,” comments owner and Chef Tyson Cole. “It’s a thrill to start planning for another restaurant in Texas.”
Here’s a bit more:
The cuisine will meld the best offerings of the first Uchi and Cole’s second Austin concept, Uchiko, much like Uchi Houston which opened February 2012. Chef Cole’s signature menu offerings include hot and cool tastings, makimono, yakimono, tempura and, of course, sushi and sashimi. Each guest at the table may enjoy and share the experience of dining at Uchi together. Every detail is thoughtfully managed so the guest may enjoy the progression of the meal in a seamless flow, each bite meant to build upon the last.
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Tiffanee Ellman says Jason Maddy’s departure from Oak yesterday has no effect on plans to open Pakpao Thai in the Design District. Carol told you all about it in early March. Construction is nearly complete and she feels they will open the doors in the “next couple of weeks.” She and husband, Richard, have, once again, teamed up with Plan B and Coeval Studio for the interior finish out. Details on who will be in the kitchen will be released next week. Pakpao Thai is located next door to Oak.
Ellman also reports chef Brian Zenner will not be moving back to Oak. He is staying put in the kitchen at Belly & Trumpet. “We have no plans to move him,” Ellman says. “Belly & Trumpet is his baby. We are moving forward at Oak and plan to stay amazing.”
Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz, the duo behind Bowl & Barrel, are almost ready to unlock the gates at Mutts Canine Cuisine, a restaurant attached to a sanctioned dog park. Noonan says he is pointing towards June 13. The menu features breakfast tacos, burgers, Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, salads, and treats for your dog(s). The restaurant will be located on the former Hank Haney Golf Course Land at 2889 Cityplace West Blvd.
Nick Badovinus just emailed the news. He’s opening a second location of Off-Site Kitchen in “the blue building on Singleton” in the fall. He says he’s glad to be back in business with Phil Romano, co-owner of Trinity Groves. Romano gave Badovinus his first job as an executive chef at the ill-fated We/Oui or was it Oui/We? I don’t really know. I wasn’t even born then.
CultureMap reports that Samar by Stephan Pyles will undergo a major facelift surgery this summer, along with the rest of the building at 2100 Ross Avenue. According to Lisa Endicott, the PR woman for Stephan Pyles’ restaurant empire, the high-rise was recently purchased by a new owner, Cousins Property Inc., and this owner wants to completely renovate the interior and exterior.
Samar is closing the first of July. The time it’ll take for the ground floor of 2100 Ross to be reconfigured remains unknown at this time.
“It’ll be a more expansive bar and dining room, because they’ll be moving the columns with the glassed-in space, eliminate those columns, and bring out more of the interior. There will still be a patio, but more interior space,” says Endicott.
My biggest fear is that Stephan Pyles will take this opportunity and ditch Samar for a new concept. Where else – within walking distance – can I go for my tandoori butter chicken for $5 only?
Endicott assures me that this is not the case. As far as she knows, this will be a “relaunch of a newly energized Samar.”
Let’s hope so.
Lots of changes are underfoot in Lower Greenville. Yesterday I was walking along the street – just minding my own beeswax – when I noticed all these new places pop up. Lower Greenville is in the midst of a Restaurant Renaissance.
Though I haven’t seen any movement on chef Jason Boso’s food truck park, I’m guessing it’s waiting for Trader Joe’s to finish up construction work because the two areas will be sharing a common parking lot. Carnival Barker’s will open its ice cream shop in the truck park, and kids will be running around Lower Greenville like the crazies they are. Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House owners are fixing to move into 1919 Greenville Ave. for their new restaurant, The Blind Butcher, pretty soon. They still haven’t said when it’s opening yet. Mums the word.
So here’s what we do know, for sure: Trader Joe’s is making progress. Look! (See above photo.) The exterior is almost done. Cookie butter will soon be closer than ever.4 Comments »
About seven months ago, El Padrino, the little taco stand, was kicked out of its space in November 2012 to make room for a new Lombardi restaurant. Word came that Sarah Lombardi was opening a hot dogs and frozen custard place called the Dog House, which would’ve taken over the El Padrino space. Go Oak Cliff’s Rob Shearer said The Mercantile had the tagline of “eatery, taproom, and commons.”
But now none of that is happening. A spokesperson for the restaurant sent out a release yesterday that says, “As construction progressed on the Mercantile, a restaurant in the Bishop Arts District to be developed by Sarah Lombardi, a decision was made to cancel the plans to open the concept. A combination of budgets and costs associated with retrofitting and renovating a historic structure was the basis for the decision.”
Will the Mercantile and Dog House find a new home? Nobody knows. All we know is that the Lombardis are abandoning their project in Oak Cliff… for now.
We also know for sure that El Padrino was removed from Bishop Arts for nothing, basically. Poor Juan Contreras. He could still be operating his taco stand in Bishop Arts right now. Instead, his building remains empty. The lot around it is empty. And that space is going to waste.
P.S. Taverna (another Lombardi restaurant) is moving next to Toulouse on Knox Street at the end of June.
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Just a little over two weeks ago, Nosh Euro Bistro’s executive chef Jon Stevens left to start his own restaurant. Today, owner/chef Avner Samuel closed the Plano location of Nosh Euro Bistro. Now owners Celeste and Avner Samuel are down to one location of the restaurant.
Avner and Celeste opened the original Nosh Euro Bistro in September, 2010, just a little over a month after they closed Aurora, their fined dining restaurant. At the time, it was a bold move. The couple operated Aurora, one of the Dallas’ finest restaurants, in a strip shopping center on the Oak Lawn/Highland Park border for seven years. Six months before their lease was up on the space, the couple closed Aurora and reopened a little more than a month later as Nosh Euro Bistro. They brought in Jon Stevens from Neighborhood Services and the place took off. They built a bar, lowered the price point, and put out some fine food.
The concept worked. Eighteen months later they opened a second location in Plano. Then Samuel got cocky. He messed around with Ed Bailey and tried to fix Bailey’s Prime Plus. The he and Stevens opened Snack .
Now they are back to one location of Nosh Euro Bistro on Oak Lawn. I love Avner’s cooking. I hope they keep Nosh going.13 Comments »
D-A-N-G. Is everything opening in Plano these days? Yes. East Hampton Sandwich Co. included. From the press release:
East Hampton Sandwich Co., specializing in handcrafted sandwiches and salads, has announced their second location at The Shops at Legacy, set to open this summer. They will occupy the former Au Bon Pain space located on the north side of Legacy Drive.
Hey, Plano. I think your life’s about to change.
Buddy Cramer, one of the owners of Katy Trail Ice House, just revealed his big location secret for the next Ice House in DFW. It’s going to be at 4700 W. Park Blvd., Plano, right across the street from Nosh Euro Bistro and Yao Fuzi. He’s calling it the Katy Trail Ice House Outpost.
Apparently, Cramer is also a general partner of Bandito’s, and taking over the Plano Bandito’s space made a lot of sense. “This was such a perfect location. We have kind of a large area in front of it. We started looking at it, and this ended up being the best.” The Bandito’s in Snider Plaza, however, will remain the same. No changes to be made there.
As for this new Katy Trail Ice House, Cramer says they’re trying to get it open in two weeks, but it’ll probably be more like three.
And how big will the front patio be? So big “you won’t be able to see the street.” It won’t be quite as large as the one in Uptown, but it’s still going to be a 200-person patio. “It’s going to have that same Katy Trail feel. It’s going to be like your backyard. We’re bringing in lots of big trees.” (12 to be exact.)
The new Katy Trail Ice House is about a block away from any residential areas, so there shouldn’t be any issues with noise. That big ol’ 24 Hour Fitness building should be a pretty great barricade for that. And from what I know of the Park/Preston area, nothing really stays open later than 10 p.m. Only the Blue Goose Cantina does, I think. I’ll bet my last penny that Katy Trail Ice House Outpost is going to dominate the nightlife over in that corner of Plano.