They had me at “pop-up speakeasy.” I’ve been intrigued by the concept behind Four Thieves Thirst Parlour since first learning about the project back in August. In short, Sycamore bartender Annie Williams and partner Luke Pierce are transforming local spaces into chichi, one-night cocktail bars—like the one they created at Land-Grant Brewing in Franklinton last Sunday.
There are a lot of changes in the works for the FAB Dining Group—the restaurant collective that owns Downtown eateries Manifesto, De-Novo, Oliver’s and The Meat Bar. Two of the company’s four eateries have new chefs at the helm and new menus on the way.
I enjoy La Tavola because, unlike many Italian restaurants, its menu is not pork or fish centric. Instead, chef-owner Rick Lopez pushes his own potato gnocchi, made from his grandmother’s recipe. It’s served three ways—with marinara, butter and parm and al forno, or baked with white wine, cheese and veggies—and all are vegetarian friendly.
DareDevil Dogs has the charming allure of a spiffed up hole-in-the-wall. It’s long and skinny with a modest order counter. The only seating (about a dozen stools in all) is at a metal counter facing blotchy brick walls decorated with black-and-white motorcycle art. The lone punch of color comes from a gray, yellow and red wall graphic touting odd hot dog-related phrases (“fearless franks,” “the apex of gourmet dogs” and so on).
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Chef Dustin Brafford has left The Crest. On Monday, Brafford started his new gig leading the kitchen of gastropub The Crafty Pint, where he plans to spend the next month or so creating a completely new menu.