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The Green Room Exorcises Ghost
For a Good Cause

Diners who've spent their meals at the new Green Room lamenting the old Green Room may have a chance this month to indulge their nostalgia.

Park's Marc Cassel -- who served as The Green Room's chef during its storied heyday -- is getting the band back together for a dinner benefiting former sous chef James Pitzer, who lost his home in a fire last week. Tentatively scheduled for November 29, the event at The Green Room will include former Green Room chefs and front-of-the-house staffers.

"It will be a reunion deal," Cassel says.

Cassel, who has a planning meeting scheduled this afternoon, stresses the fundraiser is still "in the organizing stages." He hopes to have a date and ticket prices settled by the end of the week.

"None of this is for certain," he warns.

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Since the Green Room reopened this fall under chef Joel Harloff, reactions to the restaurant have been tempered by diners' rosy recollections of the Deep Ellum institution's first incarnation. A number of guests have grumbled about wanting their old Green Room back.

"If that's what they want, let's give them what they want, but let's do it for a good cause," Cassel says.

If Cassel has his way, this will be the last time he trots out the Green Room's ghost: He's apparently conceptualizing the event as a sort of exorcism.

"Hopefully, this will put it to bed," he says.

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