Desperate times call for desperate measures. With Ciel closed and Ciao II languishing at Damien Watel’s Stone Oak outpost, the indefatigable chef/entrepreneur has announced a revamp of the theme at Ciao II. It has become a bar and grill featuring live music and pool tables. The menu now sports offerings such as Big Fork burgers, in honor of the controversial object Watel was forced to fig-leaf for the Stone Oak esthetic police. Truffle fries and Italian “nachos” will also put in appearance. As opposed as I am to the notion of pool tables (disclaimer: I designed the original space), I also hope the revamp does the trick.
I do think that, in the interests of clean-sweep psychology, a new name might be in order as well, especially considering that Watel has also admitted that he has sold the original Ciao near