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Serial restaurateur Alberto Lombardi throws chic soiree for his new Cafe des Artistes

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Alberto Lombardi, Lucy Wrubel
Alberto Lombardi, Lucy Wrubel Photo by Bruno
Debra Nelson, Tom Mason, Patti Broyles
Debra Nelson, Tom Mason, Patti Broyles Photo by Bruno
Barbara Hill-Moore, Le Moore
Barbara Hill-Moore, Le Moore Photo by Bruno
Cafe des Artistes interior
Foodies celebrated with Alberto Lombardi as he introduced his latest concept — Cafe des Artistes.  Photo by Bruno
Charla Sanders, Chris Shull
Charla Sanders, Chris Shull Photo by Bruno
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee, Sam Saladino
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee, Sam Saladino Photo by Bruno
Greg Johnson, Delia Kiehn
Greg Johnson, Delia Kiehn Photo by Bruno
Josy Collins, Marty Collins
Josy Collins, Marty Collins Photo by Bruno
Lisa Anwar, Neta Lei Chu
Lisa Anwar, Neta Lei Chu Photo by Bruno
Sheryl Adkins-Green, Geoff Green
Sheryl Adkins-Green, Geoff Green Photo by Bruno
Lisa Caldwell, Jim Caldwell
Lisa Caldwell, Jim Caldwell Photo by Bruno
Sam Saladino, Ken Downing
Sam Saladino, Ken Downing Photo by Bruno
Cafe des Artistes
The oversized bar at Cafe des Artistes is perfect for cocktails and conversation.  Photo by Bruno
Alberto Lombardi, Lucy Wrubel
Debra Nelson, Tom Mason, Patti Broyles
Barbara Hill-Moore, Le Moore
Cafe des Artistes interior
Charla Sanders, Chris Shull
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee, Sam Saladino
Greg Johnson, Delia Kiehn
Josy Collins, Marty Collins
Lisa Anwar, Neta Lei Chu
Sheryl Adkins-Green, Geoff Green
Lisa Caldwell, Jim Caldwell
Sam Saladino, Ken Downing
Cafe des Artistes

Restaurateur Alberto Lombardi, the man responsible for Dallas hot spots like Taverna and Bistro 31, recently opened Cafe des Artistes at One Arts Plaza. The restaurant took over the spot previously occupied by Screen Door, which shuttered in July.

Cafe des Artistes is like the bigger, bolder brother of Toulouse, Lombardi's other French-cuisined spot on Knox Street. The two share more than a few trademark dishes.

Recently Lombardi welcomed friends to a special preview of the French brasserie concept. 

As pianist Preston Cole played on the baby grand, foodies — including Ken Downing, Sam Saladino, Lynn and Allan McBee, Faisal Halum, Sheryl Maas, Lucy and Steve Wrubel, Lisa and Jim CaldwellVivian Lombardi, Debra Nelson, and Renee Behnke — tasted petite croque-madames, potato and truffle soup shooters, and poached salmon crostini. 

Well-heeled guests sipped on Elderflower champagne cocktails and fresh lemonade, which complemented the French-inspired fare. Throughout the night the (now) Francophiles sat at the oversized bar, cozied up on the leather seats and planned their next visit.  

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