Sunday, January 16, 2011 , Updated 10:24 a.m., January 17, 2011
York Street space has new tenant, Bistro Watel’s
Restaurateur Rene Peeters is moving World Piece concept, but with a new name.
DALLAS UPDATE: It's going to be called Bistro Watel's.
Peeters, a veteran restaurateur who previously owned Watel's, said that he's moving the World Piece Cafe "team" to the York Street space where he'll open a restaurant that's similar to World Piece Cafe, but with a new name.
"World Piece Café will cease to be, but myself and my employees will continue to serve food [at the York Street space] under a new name," Peeters said.
He's changing the name because people were confused by the name World Piece Cafe.
"99% of the people didn't get it," Peeters said. "'What does World Piece mean?' 'Why is that the name of the restaurant?' I'd get emails saying I misspelled it."
The new name is still TBA.
"I have a handful of names, I've got a short list," he said. "I need to do something simple with the name, but I'm going to do my global cuisine, my World Piece cuisine."
Meanwhile, he'll launch a different concept on Greenville Avenue called Bites.
"I'm going to do a lower priced restaurant in the space on the corner of Greenville and Lewis, it'll be a wine and tapas bar called Bites," he said. "I was using the space for special events, I had called it 'A Few Of My Favorite Things,' it was an art gallery with antiques. But there's not the traffic for that market. So it'll be a wine and tapas bar that's going to be cheap, like $3 or $4 or $5 for a plate, with really reasonably-priced wine."
World Piece is still open for now, but he was already moving furniture on Sunday and said he hoped to execute all of this in the next couple of weeks.
"I have some stuff to do, a little bit of cleaning up, and I'd love to open this Friday but it may be the Friday after," he said. "I think I'm going to open just on Fridays and Saturdays for a couple of weeks. World Piece will shut down as soon as the other two restaurants are open."
York Street was notorious for its tiny kitchen, but Peeters says that's not a problem.
"It's a nicely set up kitchen -- I come from small kitchens -- the first Watel's was a hole in the wall," he said.
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