Café des Artistes in One Arts Plaza Is Closing, because It's in One Arts Plaza

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Oh, One Arts Plaza. You're so circular, yet so haphazard.

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Today Lombardi Family Concepts announced that they're closing Café des Artistes at the ever-fickle One Arts Plaza. Specifically, the press release reads: "Although the restaurant saw acceptable business, Alberto Lombardi, president of Lombardi Concepts, has decided on a new strategic direction for his company."

John Tesar's burger joint The Commissary and Screen Door previously shuttered in the horseshoe of restaurant spaces, which is bumping before shows in the Arts District and otherwise feels like a ghost town, assuming ghosts have excellent taste in sushi and ramen.

The press release explains that Lombardi and friends will continue to focus and grow two other restaurants in their portfolio: Taverna and Toulouse. Plans are already underway to expand both with new locations in Fort Worth, Austin and Southlake.

"Mr. Lombardi intends to maximize the dual-restaurant synergy that has been created on Knox Street in Dallas where both concepts are next door to each other."

The final dinner for Café des Artistes at One Arts Plaza is tomorrow evening, December 28.



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19 comments
kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Why would anyone open a resty in that location?  That place is as "ever-fickle" as the Design District, or The Market Center.......wait....haven't we had this argument, like 1000 times? 

arthurlebon
arthurlebon

Maybe one day the Dallas Arts District will do a 180 from policies that make it an elitists' playground, and make it an oasis for the Arts for all Dallas citizens. Don't hold your breath -- this is Dallas.

Greg820
Greg820

Maybe one day our "Arts District" will be more than an assemblage of names on buildings and vast expanses of concrete.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@getrichindallas 


it is dumb, but atleast it wasn't named Crum, or Bolt, or Deuce, or Lance.......or any number of one named things that yuppies and Tollway Trash love! 

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@kergo1spaceship@getrichindallas Tollway Trash? That is defining a wide demographic. I guess you are one of the elitists that this area is supposed to attract, but doesn't have the money to get your butt out of the house.  

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Not that...kerg rarely come below the 635 equator.

TheOneandOnly
TheOneandOnly

@kergo1spaceship@TheOneandOnlyMy point is that the whole city is "Tollway Trash." No one here is living an authentically urban lifestyle, as measured by NYC standards. Many are pretending they are doing so, many more are simply aping the lifestyle inauthentically, (inexplicably by calling 7-11's "bodegas" and giving their neighborhoods New Yorky-sounding names.) but the vast majority will always be living on a residential, single family street, working in some other part of the Metroplex. This is the organic result of geography, history, climate, and temperment. This place dictates it. Opposing it is like opposing gravity. But people are stupid.


Here, people who live in Lake Highlands tell me they live "in the city." No you don't. You live in the suburbs. And they are just as "sub" as Plano or Frisco or Allen, even though they share the city's nomenclature. It's just a few minutes further down 75 or the Tollway. (Yeah, but Tollway Trash man! My hood is right down Mockingbird and a left on Gaston from Downtown, man!) And unless you see a 5000% expansion of the downtown area, such areas will predominate the Metroplexian lifestyle. Not bikable, walkable, street-level retail, or whatever. 


In my view, it's stupid to imagine a densely-packed Dallas, because the future is likely un-densely packed everywhere. Unless the future becomes wildly dystopian in a Blade-Runner nightmare, the future will be more individualized. Technologies are already developing that will free people from the grid, and allow for decentralized communities. Urbanization was so 19th and 20th century. Heard of a thing called the Internet? Well, eventually, people will adjust to the incredibly efficient idea of not centrally locating in an office every day. Humans are adapting to isolated working habits, and the next few generations will be as comfortable working in the Cloud as they are at an expensive building in the CBD. Think corporations won't want to ditch that overhead and pocket the profits? Before you scoff, I gave a talk to a group of investment bankers in 1994 and swore that every one of them would create Internet websites through which their clients would interact with their accounts. I was almost laughed out of the building. Afterwards, many of them told me their managers were committed to the idea that no Internet presence would ever be sustainable in the banking and investment environment. Whoops!

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@juanmayeaux @kergo1spaceship  


"BTW I don't even live in the Dallas area anymore shitkicker. Yeah I move back to Louisiana and there isn't any tollways were I live either"

_____________


OK, lets review this modern work of literature:


"BTW I don't even live in the Dallas area anymore shitkicker"............sir, I may in fact be a shitkicker, as you call me, but kicking thy shit is both fun, and it disperses the therefore mentioned poo poo as a needed fertilizer.  


"Yeah I move back to Louisiana"..........do I really need to comment on this important and riveting statement that you made? Obviously the third grade makes you feel like Tolstoy. And you were referring to whom as an "Okie"; implying that I am (clearing throat) a redneck, or better yet-backwoods?


ps-Do you utilize a modern technology called the mirror......just asking sir. 


kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@TheOneandOnly @kergo1spaceship  


Is this a long lost sibling of mine? My grandfather was born and bred on the lovely streets of nasty Brooklyn: he, in fact, endured all manner of Mafiosa bullying, and "drunk-vomit and hooker strolls in the slush"..........my goal is to never go back to that;  BUT, I also will never capitulate to the non practical ideal of the Yup and Toll Trash. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@juanmayeaux  



ooooo weee! this is fun! (slapping the donkey and spitting the chaw)  "Sounds like you are a Okie"..........sounds like you are a failed third grader, sir. AND ACTUALLY, since you asked, I was raised in the humble, backwoods confines of the Boston.   But thanks!!!


ps-"you apparently don't have the money"......and you were calling whom an elitist?  Are you that dude that poops where he sleeps? Just askin' sir.

TheOneandOnly
TheOneandOnly

@kergo1spaceshipTollway Trash is just Dallas Douchepants-parlance, employed by people trying too hard to pretend they are urban hipsters in NYC. "Bridge and Tunnel Crowd" only works one place. And if you could make it there, you'd have made it there by now. Dallas is third tier, third-rate, and it's 97% suburban. I Iive here because I couldn't get hired on Wall St. My LSAT scores were too low. Sucks, but failure has consequences. Enjoy being what you are, a little town with lots of pluck. Even if you live in Lakewood, you live in the equivalent of Long Island. Get it through your heads; Dallas will never, never, never, ever be ANYTHING like NYC. I was born there, went to school there. This ain't that. Call convenience stores "bodegas" again, MF-er! I dare you! 

My head will explode when Dallas losers start calling some neighborhood near the Margaret Hunt Hill "DUMHHBO." But it WILL happen. Inferiority complexes dies hard. If you want urban, move to a real city. If you want this, enjoy what we have here. It's actually pretty great. I remember my dad coming home from work on the subway, walking through drunk-vomit and hooker strolls in the slush. He hated it. You would too.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@juanmayeaux 


He he.......first time I've been called an elitist, Mr. Dicknose. Sounds like I poked someone with the proverbial stick with the "Tollway Trash" moniker?  Ohhh, poor buddy!  I guarantee they don't have Tollways where I roam, I can guarantee you of that sir. 


BTW, just ate at the Pizza Inn in Durant OK, does that count as being elitist? Thought so. 

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