In big restaurant news, homey Greenville Avenue soda-fountain restaurant Remedy will close for good on December 31. That gives you only 25 more days to get your mom-style fish-wich, burger, and bologna sandwich.
The restaurant will be replaced by an American/Chinese restaurant to open in 2017, with a new chef: Kirstyn Brewer, recently of Victor Tangos.
Founder-owner Elias Pope and culinary director Danyele McPherson were given the opportunity to acquire the space next door that was previously Project Pie. They'll combine both spaces into one, and decided American/Chinese was the way to go. Which makes total sense. You get twice as much space, so you go with Chinese-American.
According to a release, part of the reasoning behind the switch is McPherson's changed duties, and not the fact that a soda-fountain concept wasn't working. Because it totally was.
"Remedy was the first restaurant I had ever opened," McPherson says. "I was picking out stoves, plates, sauté pans, creating recipes, typing up order guides, being fully immersed in every aspect of the restaurant for the first time. Getting to use both my left and right brain was exhilarating."
But after Remedy opened in 2015, she took on a larger role in the company, assisting with operations at HG Sply Co., including the opening of a branch in Fort Worth, as well as the opening of another restaurant, Standard Service, in Rockwall. Her plate is full. With all of these projects, she was no longer involved in the day-to-day of Remedy.
"I decided that the most important part of my job was in assisting other leaders at being great," she says. "Our company is currently at a turning point with exciting growth plans for the future. It is time to expand our culinary department to incorporate the talents of other great chefs."
Brewer is a major catch. Her resume includes The Bazaar by Jose Andreas in Beverly Hills, where she worked with Top Chef Michael Voltaggio, and Consilient Restaurants' Westside Tavern in Los Angeles. Her employ with Consilient brought her to Dallas; she first worked at Hibiscus before moving to Victor Tangos, where she has been executive chef since January 2013.