Top Kill at Ciao II


Desperate times call for desperate measures. With Ciel closed and Ciao II languishing at Damien Watel's Stone Oak outpost, the indefatigable chef/entrepreneur has announced a revamp of the theme at Ciao II. It has become a bar and grill featuring live music and pool tables. The menu now sports offerings such as Big Fork burgers, in honor of the controversial object Watel was forced to fig-leaf for the Stone Oak esthetic police. Truffle fries and Italian “nachos” will also put in appearance. As opposed as I am to the notion of pool tables (disclaimer: I designed the original space), I also hope the revamp does the trick.

I do think that, in the interests of clean-sweep psychology, a new name might be in order as well, especially considering that Watel has also admitted that he has sold the original Ciao near Olmos Circle. The new owners are David and Marie Walker, and a request for more complete information has not yet yielded results. So, what's a guy to do? Google. Doing so netted a pastor, a quiltmaker-photographer, an eponymous technologies company, a forensic psychologist├ó?┬Žnone of which suggests any restaurant experience. So, take your pick; it's more fun that way anyhow. And wish them luck. I was told by another source that the kitchen staff remains, but that's no guarantee of success.

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