It's a crossbreeding of a chef and a Tennessee Williams play that morphed into a 1955 film starring Burt Lancaster. It's called The Rose Tattoo Grille & Wine, and it's set to open July 9. The 3,300-square-foot restaurant and wine bar in the defunct Parlour Café & Wine Bar in Richardson will feature a simple New American menu hitched to some 15 wine flights, some of which can be mixed and matched. Chef/founder James Rose, chef of Park Cities Prime before a 15-year kitchen stint at Bob's Steak & Chop House, says the wine component will zero in on American wines plus embellishments from France, Spain, Italy and Chile.
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Also in Richardson: Bukhara Grille, the acclaimed Indian restaurant that staked its renown on Hyderbadi cuisine, is shifting focus. Blurring focus is more like it. It has shed Vijay Sahu, Bukhara's creative force. "Vijay's concept failed in this location," writes Bukhara Grille partner Chetan Reddy in an e-mail. "It was a great concept for [the] wrong location." Menu prices were too high, says Reddy. Behold: Bukhara Wok Casual Indian/Chinese Diner. Enter spring rolls and Szechwan chicken. Welcome chicken teriyaki and paneer chop suey—global fusion at its weirdest. Make way for a bar, lounge, dance floor and plasma TVs. Not surprisingly, Reddy and Bukhara partner Sanjay Desai are also opening Indian Express, a fast casual restaurant in a former Extreme Pita outlet at Montfort and Belt Line...Gina Campisi, the 25-year-old daughter of restaurateur Corky Campisi of Campisi's Egyptian Lounge, is launching a restaurant in One Arts Plaza come September. Fedora Restaurant & Lounge will be a 140-plus-seat contemporary interpretation of the Campisi's kitchen canon in a crisp black and white setting. "I'm trying to do something new for myself," she says, "taking it to the next level, the next generation and legacy." How high do Gina's newness aspirations climb? With a menu stocked with dishes like "Gotti Greek salad" and "concrete-shoe string fries," maybe not so high. "The concept is staying true to my roots," she explains. "Italian, kind of mob scene." To underscore the "scene" part, Campisi will deploy chef Patrick Stark, the pierced, tattooed, Flying-V guitar-playing CIA grad with a stiff-bristled Mohawk.