Thursday, May 24, 2012
Dallas a little less rich and glamorous since Khloe Kardashian Odom left
Khloe, please come back.
DALLAS After a brief residence in Dallas with husband and ex-Dallas Mavericks basketball player Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian left town in April. Though here barely four months, Khloe left a trail of employees, waiters, and retail workers who can finally speak about her time in Dallas, whether it was a toy drive at Dallas City Hall, a shopping expedition to Crate & Barrel, or a dinner at Medieval Times.
Many places that were filmed by Khloe & Lamar's camera crew were restricted from discussing it during filming; some still won't go on the record, even though the series has ended. But everyone gave her high marks.
"We do miss her," said Jennifer Harr, manager at Palomino restaurant, whose proximity to the Crescent Hotel where Khloe's clan stayed made it a convenient destination. "They came in a lot, and they filmed twice here, including the time she came in with Kim and then with her brother Rob. Her mom's been in here. They were easy guests, and they tipped great. It was glamorous to have them come in."
Coal Vines in Uptown Dallas was another frequent hang for the Kardashian-Odoms.
"Lamar came out three times, including the time he was with Khloe when they were filming," said manager Jeff Ganji. "Other times he came in with his friends, ate, and left, with no camera crew. She was extremely pleasant, and Odom was a down-to-earth guy."
One of Khloe's early expeditions involved a trip to Medieval Times, with Lamar, Khloe's brother Rob, and Khloe's makeup artist Joyce Bonelli. Medieval Times employee Wes Irving, who performed as a knight, said that the quartet was fun and friendly.
"I called Khloe 'my lady'," he said.
After she settled on a place to live, Khloe bought housewares at Crate & Barrel on Knox, joking with the cashiers about her baking skills before being assisted by employee Maurice McCoy, who helped load her purchases in the back of a black SUV. As a reward, she agreed to pose for a photo with McCoy on his iPhone, who was so starstruck that he was speechless.
A manager at Nick & Sam's said he had the day off when Khloe's crew was there to film Episode 9, but that his girlfriend came in to eat during the episode when Khloe had her stormy lunch with her friend Malika and Porschla Kidd, wife of Dallas Mavericks' Jason Kidd.
"My girlfriend told me, 'If Khloe ever comes into the restaurant, you better tell me'," the staffer said. "The next day, we got a call from Khloe's team that they would be bringing a video camera. We have a policy with celebrities that if someone is coming in, you don't go up and ask to take pictures, so they were pretty much left alone."
"Tiffany is friends with Porschla and Jason Kidd," she said. "Porschla is who Khloe had dinner with that night. They stayed for three hours. Tiffany said she was super sweet."
"Some of the Kardashians don't have a good reputation, and her brother Rob wasn't friendly, but Khloe was always gracious to people on the elevator and to staffers," said one worker.
"The film crew came in first and asked if it was OK if they filmed in here," he said. "It was Khloe and her brother Rob, and I was their waiter. I've waited on Troy Aikman, a bunch of the Dallas Stars players, we get quite a bit of people – I'm a sports fanatic so I get more excited when I see sports players. But the manager watches the Kardashians, so she was pretty excited."
He said that Khloe was really nice.
"First, she asked if we had Parmesan risotto -- she kindof wanted a variety, and couldn't make up her mind," Rivera said. "I told her, 'I can grill you a piece of chicken breast, throw in some risotto and veggies.' Her brother looked at me and said, 'Ooh I want that.' They both had it, grilled chicken with Parmesan risotto and vegetable medley. The manager was nice enough to give them complimentary calamari and bruschetta. After I dropped the food off, they asked for ketchup."
Rivera said that they were big tippers. "I don't remember exactly [how much], but they made my lunch," he said.