Michael Costa and Dean McSherry of DMC Hospitality just snapped up 20 percent of Ketama, the tapas and flamenco bar in Deep Ellum. And they didn't waste any time in stirring things up. Not that the place was in dire straits. It just needed some tweaks on a few small things -- food and service, for instance. So they're doubling the Spanish wine list, tightening its service, and revamping the menu. They've also added sushi cards. Not for raw fish, but for tapas, where guests will check off their own selections and hand them to the server, just like in a sushi bar. The one-fifth Ketama stake owned by Costa and McSherry joins the majority interest held by real estate developer Jeff Swaney and Crystal Clear Sound recording studio owner Sam Paulos, and the sliver held by Ketama founder Ildefonso Jimenez.
Dale Wamstad's III Forks "grand steak and seafood house" is now 1 year old. To celebrate, Wamstad's hosting a $100-per-plate fund-raiser August 19 for the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame to be built in Fort Worth. There's also a voluminous press kit, which goes into the founding of the settlement along the Trinity River known as III Forks and how Wamstad has kept the adventurous spirit alive with his restaurant. But more interesting is what's missing from the kit. There are no references to the 257-year-old Capt. Bob Cooper, or how he maintains his youthful vigor by slurping from the fountain of youth in East Texas. Also gone are stories of how the French developed their world-class cuisine by stealing all of the recipes from Texas. Word is Capt. Bob, in the tradition of the politburo family photo album, has been erased from III Forks history.
Former Dallas real estate investor and Flying Burro restaurant founder Scott Cain has worked himself into braying fits over Boulder, Colorado. So much so that he's planning a whole squadron of soaring jackasses for the area. "There aren't any dominant chains here like there are in Dallas," he says. Cain, who opened the original Flying Burro New Mexican restaurant on lower Greenville Avenue in 1995, left Dallas for Boulder earlier this year. After just one month, the newly hatched Rocky Mountain Burro is on track to outperform the Dallas version. So Cain's drawing up plans to open six to eight Flying Burros between Fort Collins and Colorado Springs -- including Denver -- over the next five years. No plans for another hovering donkey over the metroplex, though.
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