Written by: Amy McCarthy
Billy Can Can, a new bar and restaurant from restaurateur Tristan Simon, has finally announced plans to open in Victory Park.
The self-described-”saloon,” in the works since early 2017, is set to arrive at the end of June at 2386 Victory Park Lane, according to GuideLive. It’s the first of many planned new eateries for Victory Park, which has struggled for years to attract diners to the neighborhood, and hopes to revitalize an area that never really took off. It will be interesting to see how the food shakes out at Simon’s first eatery under the Rebees umbrella, especially considering that Dallas Morning News restaurant critic Leslie Brenner has been involved with the project since leaving the paper in 2017.
As far as the food is concerned, Chef Matt Ford will helm the kitchen and serve a menu of Southern fare mostly inspired by Texas. Look forward to familiar plates like Gulf snapper, venison tartare, and deviled eggs, all exhaustively tasted by Brenner before hitting the menu. As with any saloon, Billy Can Can will have plenty of cocktails, including drinks inspired by Victor Tangos, the now-shuttered Henderson Avenue restaurant founded by Simon.
Billy Can Can makes its Dallas debut on June 28.
Written by: Sarah Blaskovich
“This is definitely the next chapter,” says chef Kent Rathbun inside his new Dallas restaurant Imoto a week before it opened.
The well-known Dallas chef has worked in restaurants all over Dallas and its suburbs, most notably at Abacus, the Uptown Dallas restaurant with which he’s no longer affiliated.
And while Tracy Rathbun, Kent’s wife, has been operating Shinsei and Lovers Seafood & Market over the years, Kent hasn’t had his own restaurant kitchen — one where diners can see him working the room and chatting in his friendly, chef-boss way — since his split with Abacus, Jasper’s, Hickory and Whitetail Bistro at DFW Airport. (The lawsuit involving Kent and parent company H2R Restaurant Holdings was settled in early 2018, Dallas County records show.)
“This is a longtime dream for me to have a restaurant like this,” Kent says. The Rathbuns eat Asian food more than any other cuisine, they say, and both have traveled to Asia. Fans of Shinsei might find a few similarities with Imoto, but the Rathbuns are quick to correct that this isn’t a copy of another restaurant.
Imoto opens Friday, June 15, in a neighborhood the Rathbuns think is an interesting new option for Dallas diners.