Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Cosmo Rouge


bishop arts week day 2


One major opening in the thick of the Bishop Arts district that’s been long in the process (and thus eagerly awaited) is Cosmo Rouge, set to open (cross your fingers) in Sept., in a gorgeous old bldg on Bishop. Owner Stephen Stroud, a native of nearby Kessler Park who owns Park Cities Event Planning, jumped hoops to reassure the previous owner (now deceased) that he’d be a good steward for the property. Cosmo will be an upscale restaurant-lounge w/ a catering operation headed by a still-secret chef who has Mansion-caliber experience; Stroud visions it as "adding to the chemistry" of places in the area such as Hattie’s.

407 N Bishop Ave #101

32 Comments:

At August 09, 2005 9:53 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

Everybody raves about this whole "Bishop's Art District" (BAD) but I didn't think there was much to it really. And it took me ages to find Veracruz as the entrance is on the side!

Hopefully, with more things opening, BAD will be more than just a place the the Park Cities crowd go "slummning it" on the weeknds.

It almost has that whole Riverfront area in Little Rock feel.

 
At August 09, 2005 9:53 AM, Anonymous m.b. said...

T.G., no phone numbers for these places?

 
At August 09, 2005 9:57 AM, Anonymous troublemaker said...

I thought it was called Bishop's HAT District. haha

 
At August 09, 2005 10:05 AM, Blogger TG said...

it's not bishop's hat, it's not bishop's anything. it's BISHOP (singular) ARTS. just like it says on that fancy little graphic which i have posted every day. phone numbers, i don't have because these places aren't open yet. trying to be newsy this week, see

Riverfront - i don't suppose that's any relation to Riverwalk in san antonio

 
At August 09, 2005 10:07 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

Speaking of hats, that spot that is Breadwinners and the Quarter used to be a hat factory for Neiman Marcus!

 
At August 09, 2005 10:13 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

I don't know if there's any similarity, but it's just that road that leads out of the Clinton Museum and runs along the River. I think it's called President Clinton Blvd (or something), but it's all old (and some made to look old) warehouses and buildings with bars, restaurants, a Dean & Deluca type marketplace thingy, coffee houses, etc, and a trolley car runs down it. Behind the shops one one side opens onto the embankment and you can see the "rock" in Little Rock.

 
At August 09, 2005 10:53 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

There's no "slumming" in the Bishop Arts District, you moron. And it's not meant to entertain you all damn day either. Its a neighborhood place where the people who live there can get a bite to eat, get a drink, shop, etc. And we're quite happy to have really good restaurants that we can walk to, something pretty unusual in Dallas.

 
At August 09, 2005 11:04 AM, Blogger TG said...

what about uptown. the people who live there can walk to restaurants

 
At August 09, 2005 11:06 AM, Blogger TG said...

west village, too. you can live in those high-priced apartments right in west village, you fall out of bed, you're at the biggest starbucks in the city, if not the world

 
At August 09, 2005 11:08 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

Moron, how original. Can we have another word please? and Idiot's trite as well. I'm sure you can do better.

And I hate to break it to you, but it's not the people that live there who are supporting businesses like Hattie's and Veracruz. Sure they go there, but without all the people who think BAP is "trendy," none of those places would last long, esp Hattie's as it's not exactly an everyday affordable place.

 
At August 09, 2005 11:09 AM, Blogger TG said...

and don't forget knox henderson. there's a bounty of restaurants for those who live on cole, travis, or abbott. it's like a goddamn michelob commercial.

 
At August 09, 2005 11:10 AM, Blogger TG said...

i personally can vouch for the east plano area. old downtown plano is a diner's feast and all within walking distance of a cornucopia of great vintage homes and new loft-style apartments

 
At August 09, 2005 11:16 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

TG, the difference between those places you mention and BAP, is the demographics. Ive seen the houses immediately past Veracruz. I don't think those are the types of folk who are buying those $4,000 chairs and salvaged stained-glass chuch windows for their mega-mansions.

Like it or not, BAP is becoming more of a destination spot and the newer places that open there will only attract more of a crowd. I'm all for that, so long as they build adequate parking spots.

 
At August 09, 2005 11:22 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

How about dimwit? Or retard. Or plain ol' Dean the Dumbfuck?

I'm sure you noticed during your extensive examination of the district that most of the places there are pretty affordable. Tillman's, say. Grill 400. And Hattie's isn't all that expensive either. The people in Kessler and Stevens Park should have no trouble picking up a bill. And hey, some of those 30-somethings in Winnetka Heights could probably buy a few things. Or maybe the folks living in David Spence's apartments.

 
At August 09, 2005 11:27 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Oh jesus, more spots for cars. Let's put a Wal-Mart there, too, for your convenience.

TG is right about all the neighborhoods. I just don't think of Dallas as a neighborhoody kind of town. Though you can count Greenville Ave. in that catagory, too. I'm not counting West Village though; that's fake.

 
At August 09, 2005 11:27 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

I like that last one; it's very Old Norse sounding.

Okay, but the people in Kessler Park are driving down there. How many people truly in walking distance frequent these places.

And Grill 400 looks scary.

 
At August 09, 2005 11:30 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

Well, urm, that's DFW for you . . . FAKE. West Village, Southlake Town Square, Legacy @ Plano, Victory, they're all fake.

 
At August 09, 2005 11:31 AM, Anonymous m.b. said...

what is "BAP"?

 
At August 09, 2005 11:38 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

My "bad," that should be BAD for Bishop Arts District.

TG, over Greenville, I prefer that whole Skillman/ Lakewood/ Swiss Ave area. It's a little more condusive to walking and then there's the Tipperary and the Pour House.

 
At August 09, 2005 11:40 AM, Blogger TG said...

do we have to count greenville? two words: simply fondue

east plano: NOT fake!
i don't think bishop arts is fake either

 
At August 09, 2005 11:49 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

TG: I'll give you those two. Probably the only part of Plano that's not fake, though.

Also, Granbury's nice, for a town square, and Celina has a nice town square, reminiscent of Lynchburg, Tennessee (but without the obligatory Jack Daniel's paraphernalia.

 
At August 09, 2005 11:50 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

For all your talk about "demographics" I don't think you know the neighborhood all that well. Or even what's in the district.

There's people of all economic classes walking to La Familia Market all day long. There's the same people walking to breakfast at El Jordan. There's the yuppies going to Brooklyn, Chan Thai, the ice cream parlor. And middle age homos going to Hatties, along with the nervous white-bread visitor who tip-toes through the streets, whispering about how they hope they don't get mugged because Oak Cliff is DANGEROUS. It's a mixed neighborhood. The people who have to drive can park on the street and then walk like the rest of us.

 
At August 09, 2005 11:56 AM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Sorry, but if there's any real kind of neighborhood in Dallas you gotta count Greenville Ave. Simply Fondue is an anomaly. What's a neighborhood between Mockingbird Station and DT plano?

 
At August 09, 2005 12:04 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Well I must be a yuppie as I went to Brooklyn and it was pretty much full of all out of towners who looked like Diane Feinstein.

 
At August 09, 2005 12:09 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

No, you're a moron. We've already established that.

 
At August 09, 2005 12:19 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

This will be my last post of the day. Twisted, learn how to construct an argument and then respond to your heart's content. Failing that, grow a brain and then come back.

 
At August 09, 2005 12:24 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Oh don't go, dean. There's room for everybody, even dopes like you.

 
At August 09, 2005 1:20 PM, Blogger BK said...

Hey tg... D had a great write-up on all the places to hit in BAD about 3-4 months back.
Great backgound material!

And I agree that Veracruz is screwed up. The address says one thing, and the entire place is situated a 1/2 block around the corner. Good thing, though, 'cause if it were any smaller, Superman would be using it for a phonebooth instead...

 
At August 09, 2005 3:09 PM, Anonymous troublemaker said...

Hey TG, D has some great restaurant reviews, too! haha

 
At August 09, 2005 3:56 PM, Blogger TG said...

isn't this all so exciting! and we're only in DAY 2 of bishop arts week. altho i confess, i have only 2 more items for a total of 4 days' worth of bishop arts coverage. (and the other 2 items aren't in bishop arts proper. but they're very very hot!)

 
At August 09, 2005 8:34 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

i've been out all day, so thanks to those of you who stood up for greenville avenue. we can walk in this area. some of us are also just a short walk from knox-henderson. i like the bishop arts district, but parking can be a bitch, especially on weekend nights. (guess that's true of greenville ave. and knox-henderson, too)

 
At August 19, 2005 6:22 PM, Anonymous SPV said...

After life in the suburbs (Plano) it's great to live in Oak Cliff-- Dallas with a small town feel. I know most of my neighbors by their first name, and I often eat at the non-chain restaurants in Bishop Arts and chat with folks who waiter or own shops there who are friends of friends. Great place to eat and shop and it's nice to see the area packed on the weekends. (People from the other side of the river wearing furs at Hattie's make me chuckle.) Creative friendly people, good food at every turn, fun shopping and great jazz at Brooklyns. Counting the days to the opening of Cosmo Rouge.
Suite 400 - try the baked yam
Veracruze Cafe - Chocolate Mole Chicken incredible edible
Vittos - Bellini night Thurs and heavenly garlic rolls
Hattie's - grand $8 lunch

 

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