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A Top Chef comes west

Posted 4:41pm on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

Looks like Casey Thompson, former chef at Dallasí Shinsei and Top Chef finalist, has been keeping house lately in California's Bay Area. But this spring, she turns her attention to Fort Worth. With partner Sam Sameni, a nightclub and entertainment consultant in Dallas, Thompson will launch a new concept called Brownstone at the corner of Crockett and Currie in the West 7th development.

"We want our customers to feel like theyíre attending a dinner or cocktail party in someoneís home," says Sameni. "We donít want this to feel like a restaurant." Design elements in the 5,000-square-foot space will have a residential touch, right down to a waiting area with bookshelves and a fireplace.

Brownstone, which will offer Thompsonís progressive American cuisine, will be based in Fort Worth, but hopes to expand to multiple locations. Look for a late March opening, says Sameni.

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