Dining Tyranny

Are we choosing ourselves crazy?

WiltsThis year's restaurant passings weren't splashy either. Urban Tapas slipped off its perch in Colleyville, while Michael Costa's Vino & Basso on McKinney passed on in a confetti cloud of lawsuits and bounced checks. Deep Ellum crime became too much for Standard 2706, forcing founding chef Tim Byres to shut the restaurant down. He emerged a few months later to partner with restaurant backer Mike Chen (Steel, Kirin Court Chinese Restaurant) to recast Standard on Fairmont and Cedar Springs after Chen shut down Stolik restaurant and lounge. Mike's Treehouse on Greenville Avenue went away, giving rise to Little Havana, a restaurant backed by Gene Street Jr. Ron Corcoran announced this will be the last year for Sipango, this after a thrill ride of a 10-year run. Torrefazione Italia Café next door shuttered to give way to Little Katana sushi bar, while Big Fish Little Fish now swims with the fishes. So does Rosebud Wine Bistro in Uptown and Ruth's Chris Steak House on Cedar Springs.

Choices will escalate next year, driving us further into brooding fits of gloom. The smoking ban, the burgeoning suburbs, slackening alcohol laws and the city's gifts wrapped in red tape will only add delicious drama to the problem of choice. "It's going to change the landscape over time," Mabel says of these forces. "It's definitely going to shake things up." Pass the Paxil.

Jeroboam's alcohol sales have taken a body blow. "We aren't waiting for any apologies from the city," says owner Brandt Wood.
Stephen Karlisch
Jeroboam's alcohol sales have taken a body blow. "We aren't waiting for any apologies from the city," says owner Brandt Wood.

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Chaucer's International Restaurant

5080 Spectrum Drive
Addison, TX 75001

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: Addison

Details

Sushi$5 to $8
Spider roll $11
Seaweed salad $4
Sunomono $12
Bacon scallops $9
New York strip $28
Sea bass $23
Apple crisp $5.95

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