Wolf refugees start anew
After bowing out of Lone Wolf Cafe in late October, former Mansion maitre d' Wayne Broadwell and Sipango partner and founding chef Matthew Antonovich are planning to launch a new upscale restaurant in Dallas. The restaurant will be an American grill with gourmet take-out and fresh baked goods. "As we talked about this restaurant, we talked about three things: It needs to be small, intimate and exquisite," says Antonovich. The pair has been in talks with a property owner with some $50 million in real estate holdings in the Highland Park-Turtle Creek area. Apparently, the landlord has a gutted structure available not far from the Mansion, which piqued their interest. They plan to open the new restaurant in late December.
After just a few weeks as dining-room manager of Fish, Alan Gaylan, formerly of NorthSouth, has packed his bags for Kentucky to pursue other business interests. He will be replaced by veteran Fish employees Pamela Wert as dining-room manager, and Arif Mahmud, as assistant manager...Mark's on Henderson, the wine bar with the cozy dining room in the space that was once Pinot's, gave up the ghost recently. Poor business due to Central Expressway construction and family issues apparently forced the decision. Founder Mark Jensen, onetime chef of the Thomas Avenue Beverage Co. and the Green Elephant, pulled up stakes and moved back to Tennessee to be with family...The big Lemmon Avenue space that was Trucker's Midtown Cafe, the road-food cafe, shuttered several weeks ago, and will reopen in December as Tower Records.
Steep wine-list mark-ups are a perennial diner headache. Well, Marty's may just stop the pounding in your temples. Every three weeks Marty's Wine Bar & Bistro offers a new slate of red and white wines to sample by the glass at low prices. Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc and Chateau Montelena Cab can be slugged for $3.95. A whole flight of four 1.5 ounce pours is just $6.95. This is what wine-sipping away from home should be. Wine Manager Jasper Russo jokes that they have taken to calling the place Wal-Marty's...The 1996 Chateau du Salvard Cheverny from France's Loire Valley showcases a pleasing balance of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal's personality: racy and herbal, yet approachable and fruity. This crisp, refreshing wine with a clean finish is affordable too. Find it on lists at the Green Room, Lombardi Mare, Lavendou, Angeluna, Watel's, and Laurels.
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