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Doolittle's does less
Doolittle's, the Addison eatery and Martini hole spawned last year by Deep Ellum Cafe partners Mike Sakuta and Patrick Davis, has been shaken, stirred, and shuttered. Longview-based Restaurant Teams International, Inc. (formerly Fresh'n Lite, Inc.) has a deal in the works to turn the space into Street Talk Cafe, a casual diner set to open in November. This is the second restaurant-row stab to slip through the Deep Ellum Cafe crew's fingers. Deep Ellum Cafe on Belt Line was sold and converted to Truluck's Steak & Stone Crab early last year. Sakuta says his future restaurant expansion plans are limited to the installation of a three-level, 5,000-square-foot Deep Ellum Cafe deck set to open in March 1999. The restaurant recently underwent modest menu and cosmetic changes, which included the departure of Davis, who was recently seen waiting tables at III Forks.

Chisholm's trail ends
III Forks Executive Chef Matt Chisholm departed suddenly last week from the new high-volume North Dallas steak house to "move on to bigger and better things," according to III Forks management. In fact, he's the new partner, along with former Mansion on Turtle Creek maitre d' Wayne Broadwell, and chef at Lone Wolf Lounge. Chisholm, otherwise known as Matt Antonovich, executive chef and founder of Sipango, was also positioned as a co-proprietor of III Forks, the brainchild of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse founder Dale Wamstad. Chris Vogeli will assume the helm in III Forks' kitchen. Vogeli was executive chef of Riptide, the management company Wamstad set up to operate III Forks and Buttermilk Cafe & Market, its sister restaurant next door. A 200-seat breakfast and lunch venue, Buttermilk Cafe is set to open within the next few weeks.

List watch
After snagging a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Ziziki's Restaurant & Bar recently announced a new wine program whereby featured wines will be served in appropriate Riedel stemware. Riedel was the first glass designer to recognize that a specific wine's bouquet, taste, and balance are directly affected by the glass shape. This all-too-rare list makes Ziziki's a worthy stopover...California wine innovator Louis P. Martini of the Louis M. Martini Winery passed away at the age of 79 late last month after a brief bout with cancer. Martini pioneered the use of varietal wine designations decades before it became an industry standard and was the first vintner to produce a Merlot in the U.S. with his 1968/70 bottling. He was selected "Winemaker of the Century" earlier this year by noted wine writer Bob Thompson.

--Mark Stuertz

E-mail Dish at markstz@juno.com.

 
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