Cafe des Artistes in One Arts Plaza closes

SONY DSCWord comes this hour that Cafe des Artistes, whose beautiful fin de siecle decor couldn’t compete with unimpressive food and service, will close before 2013 even officially ends after about a year in operation. The Alberto Lombardi concept, according to a statement, saw “acceptable business,” but the company will concentrate instead on developing its flagship concepts: Taverna and Cafe Toulouse, which were both launched on Uptown. His nearby eatery Sangria also seems to be remaining open.

Last service for Cafe des Artistes will be dinner on Dec. 28.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Tasting Notes: BreadWinners to replace Cibus, cones of food get Epic

The same day that Lombardi Family Concepts made two big announcements — first, that its NorthPark eatery Cibus would be closing, and second, that its Uptown Italian resto, Taverna, would be moving a few blocks, and now next door to another Lombardi restaurant, Cafe Toulouse — comes word that the BreadWinners will be moving into the old Cibus space.

This is actually a not of news for several Uptown-based restaurants. BreadWinners has been a staple along McKinney Avenue for more than 15 years, especially revered for its brunches and desserts, and Alberto Lombardi has established a fortress of concepts in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood: In addition to Taverna and Toulouse, La Fiorentina and Sangria are within spitting distance; his La Cubanita, which closed more than a year ago, was also in the area.

The NorthPark opening/closing follows the announcement that Seasons 52 will expanding into Dallas from its Legacy locale, taking over the space vacated by McCormick & Schmick’s.

July 24 is National Tequila Day, which in a city like Dallas is kinda big news. Urban Taco in Uptown will be marking the event with featured flights of its tequila menu, and Asador, the restaurant inside the gay-adjacent Renaissance Hotel, will mark its usual “Taco Tuesdays” special with a complimentary tequila tasting, starting at 4:30 p.m.

At the Taste of Dallas this weekend, I tried out a new concept from Southern Breeze, a new bakery and cafe in Keller, that’s offering a pretty cute little true: Pip Pops, pictured. Basically small, ravioli-sized pies mounted on a stick, they are pretty cute and also tasty. Also new at Taste: Epic Cones, a unique way to eat everything from pizza to cold curry chicken salad to apple pie. Even stranger? The new venture is located in the old Club One space.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones