Brownstone, the West 7th restaurant that was a big deal when it opened in 2010 because of its connection with Dallas-bred Top Chef contestant Casey Thompson, has apparently packed its knives and gone.
Diners who approached the doors Friday evening -- including DFW.com’s Heather Svokos -- were greeted by one of those dreaded “Notice of Changing Locks” papers that’s also a notice of termination of lease.
A similar thing happened in April to the West 7th Patrizio, which was closed, briefly reopened, then closed again, apparently for good. The Southlake location remains open.
Brownstone opened in June 2010 with high hopes because of Thompson, who placed third on season three of Bravo’s Top Chef and returned for Top Chef All-Stars, where she was felled by her preparation of chicken feet during a dim sum challenge. Thompson left the restaurant in October 2011, and although Brownstone still had a full kitchen menu, the owners began promoting it more as a nightspot than a dining spot. (The San Francisco Chronicle’s website reported just a couple of days ago that Thompson plans to open a San Francisco restaurant in the spring.)
Brownstone’s website is still live, and early Friday evening there was a new post on its Facebook page saying, “Let us be your Friday Night Destination with Dinner, Drinks and Dancing tonight!” To which someone commented, “Aren’t you closed for not paying your rent?”
We’ll update as we find out more.
DFW.com staff writer Heather Svokos contributed to this report.