Jonathon's to Hear City's Decision on Kitchen Expansion Tomorrow

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Jonathon and Christine Erdeljac are experiencing growing pains in Oak Cliff. What was once a romantic kitchen fit for Smurf-sized cooks has become a burden for the duo, as a weekend brunch service has drawn a steady, loyal and absolutely ravenous crowd.

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Big Plans From the Tiny Kitchen at Jonathon's Oak Cliff

I reviewed the restaurant two years ago and noted the urban-diner-meets-country cooking is served from a kitchen that's not even 200 square feet. While that might be enough for the small dining room, with nicer weather, the patio out front effectively doubles demand. The Erdeljacs have hit a breaking point. They need room to grow.

The couple has submitted a zoning variance with the hopes of expanding their kitchen three times its size. To do that, their landlord would have to build an addition to the building that will come dangerously close to the property line -- a move that will definitely raise the eyes of city inspectors.

The Erdeljacs spent the weekend away celebrating a wedding anniversary, but they'll return later today. A manager at the restaurant says the couple expects to hear from the city sometime tomorrow. If the plan is approved Jonathon's will get a brand new kitchen. If it's not, the Erdeljac's will start looking for new property.


Location Info

Jonathon's Oak Cliff

1111 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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runDMC
runDMC like.author.displayName 1 Like

I can name dozens of highly successful NYC restaurants that turn out many more meals from kitchens smaller than 200 SF.  Why can't the same be done in OC ?

There are so many fallacies embedded in this comment that I lost count.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

No.    If neighbors oppose the variance then the city should deny it.

I can name dozens of highly successful NYC restaurants that turn out many more meals from kitchens smaller than 200 SF.  Why can't the same be done in OC ?


Here is an idea;  dig a basement and put the kitchen below grade............if the tenant and landlord are convinced of long term success then that is the solution.







monstruss
monstruss

@CitizenKane ...are neighbors opposing this? I'm just wondering what hole you're pulling that from. 

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