Patrizio in the Wings

Barter just bailed from Uptown but already there's an Italian successor

Barter just bailed from Uptown but already it has an Italian successor

Lasagna at Patrizio restaurant in Dallas
In Uptown Dallas, it's poutine out, lasagna in. Photo by Kevin Marple

We barely got a chance to say goodbye to Barter, the just-closed restaurant on McKinney Avenue from brothers Patrick and Michael Halbert, and already we are saying hello to its replacement: Italian restaurant Patrizio.

A manager at the Patrizio in Highland Park Village confirmed that it would be relocating after its closure on February 28. The targeted date to open in Uptown: March 15. "But we can't guarantee what day it will be. You know how it goes with restaurant openings," he said.

The branch at Highland Park Village was given the pink slip in August, after a historical 25 years at the upscale shopping center. Owner Ed Bailey, who bought the Patrizio chain in 2006, was shocked by HPV owner Ray Washburne's decision not to renew his lease in August, leaving Bailey to scrounge for a new location.

Uptown seems a good fit for Patrizio's approachable Italian at an affordable price point, especially if what Barter chef Andrew Dilda says is true, namely that "Uptown wants cheaper."

As for the Patrizio space in HPV, Washburne intends to break it in two and replace it with a Houston's-type restaurant and a women's clothing store.

There are also Patrizio locations in Fairview, Plano, Highland Village and Southlake.