Earlier today, Unfair Park learned that chef Kent Rathbun would be opening a new restaurant in Preston Center, next door to Shannon Wynne's Flying Fish in the space formerly occupied by Carrabba's, among others. I called Rathbun's publicist Ariana Hajibashi-Martin to confirm, and she was very noncommittal: "Nothing's been completely confirmed," she said, to the point where she said the eatery didn't even have a name.
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Then, not 10 minutes later, she sent out a media release (bearing the subject header, "Okay, You Won, here you go! =)"), the entirery of which follows after the jump. But, yes, everything we heard today's true. The man behind Abacus and Jasper's is due to bow his seventh location next month, and so far doesn't have a name. Wonder if Dubya will eat there. Probably. Daily hints will be provided here, for those interested in playing along.
Update: Nancy Nichols has more here concerning the concept.
Update to the Update (6:09 p.m.): After the jump, the name. And the logo. I found it on Rathbun's Web site. Wasn't that hard.
CHEF KENT RATHBUN PROUDLY ANNOUNCES A NEW CULINARY VENTURE IN THE MAKING
Executive Chef and Partner of Highly-Acclaimed Abacus and Jasper's Restaurants Plans to Open New Eatery
DALLAS (January X, 2009)-With restaurant powerhouses Abacus and Jasper's on his resume, "Iron Chef America" winner and local celebrity chef Kent Rathbun has recently revealed plans to construct a new culinary destination to further enhance the Dallas area restaurant scene. Set to open late February 2009, the latest Rathbun concept is sure to become the Mecca of casual, affordable cuisine, with a Rathbun twist.
"Like many other chefs, I am constantly thinking and brainstorming ideas for unique restaurant concepts," said Executive Chef and Partner Kent Rathbun. "I have been fortunate enough to be given an opportunity that has allowed me to put one of my ideas to fruition and Dallas will soon have a chance to experience my cuisine in a whole new dimension."
The new endeavor will join the elite Rathbun family of highly-esteemed restaurants, including one of Esquire Magazine's Top 20 Best New Restaurants in America and Texas Monthly's 10 Best New Restaurants in Texas, Jasper's, and the Dallas Morning News Five Star rated Abacus.