Former Fish partner and executive chef Chris Svalesen is still struggling to reel in his own Dallas restaurant after exiting Fish last summer. First he tried to pull one together in the former San Simeon space on McKinney Avenue called Copper River. But his partner took a hike after Svalesen refused to cede more control of the concept. So he changed the name to Wave and went partner hunting, only to bail out of the McKinney space after the $13,500 rent seemed too crushing. Now, Svalesen appears near a deal and may get something off the ground before the end of the year in the Bank One building downtown. He should ink a deal by the end of this week, a deal that will keep his partner silent and leave Svalesen with roughly 80 percent of the restaurant. "It's been a long struggle," he says.
Anzu, the eclectic Asian-New American restaurant on McKinney Avenue, has closed. No word on details, but an answering-machine message says the Paul Draper-designed restaurant that opened in 1992 will be closed for the month of February for remodeling with "hope to open again in early March."...After shutting down the global tapas bar Bibendum on McKinney Avenue in the wake of accusations he filched on employee pay, it seems chef-owner Avner Samuel pulled the plug on the restaurant's replacement as well. Mazza, the Middle Eastern restaurant Samuel launched with belly dancers and Middle Eastern-flavored water pipes, closed down after just a couple of weeks...It was originally supposed to open in early December, but Jeroboam, the brasserie being developed by Green Room founders Brandt and Brady Wood and Whitney Meyers in the circa-1913 Kirby building downtown, choked on construction delays. Now it's slated to open sometime in March. "I'm getting a little cabin fever," says Jeroboam chef James Anile...A month after a lift out of bankruptcy, Mediterraneo and Toscana have yet to attract serious suitors. But sources say a group of investors is nearing a deal on Toscana...The wine and food industry was shocked to learn that Tom Stockley, wine writer for The Seattle Times and author of perhaps the longest-continuing wine column in the United States, died along with his wife, Peggy, on board Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which crashed off the coast of Southern California early last week. Stockley, known for his graciousness and down-to-earth writing style, was credited with bringing Washington State wines to national attention.
— Mark Stuertz
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