After unloading his tapas bar Rouge on Lovers Lane, it appears Joseph Gutierriz--brought here by exotic motor head Scott Ginsburg to revive the ill-fated Voltaire (and later the big boo-boo Bamboo Bamboo)--has moved back to Phoenix, but not before unloading Tutto on McKinney Avenue for $250K. Gutierriz sold Tutto to restaurant novice Rima Vadiwala and her father Bill, who operates a convenience store and few Super 8 motels in Dallas, Wichita Falls and Oklahoma. Gutierriz' right-hand chef Roger Cob is now executive chef. Cob has a billiard-ball past of his own, bouncing to Tutto from Avner Samuel's Aurora, where he was chef de cuisine. Aurora was the endpoint in a long line of Cob-Samuel ricochets that included Yellow, Okeanos, Avner's, The Joint, Bistro A and the kosher Bistro K. In fact, this is the third time Cob has cooked in this McKinney Avenue building, slinging upscale hash twice when the space was called Yellow. --Mark Stuertz
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March 6, 2006 | 10:34am|