Green Graziano's, Crazy Pianos, Interactive Menus, and a New Chef at Loftin's
The new dueling piano bar, restaurant, and late night entertainment venue in Coconut Grove (second floor of CocoWalk at 3015 Grand Avenue) is offering brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Sunday. Also: two-for-one drink specials Thursdays 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Crazy Pianos claims to have "the only 'beer tables' in the country filled with extra cold (32 degrees) Heineken draft beer containing ice chips". Sounds refreshing.
What You See Is What You Get, But You May Not Get Any Later On
London's Inamo, an interactive Asian-fusion restaurant and bar, uses digital tabletops that at the press of the screen displays the food and drink menus with a photo of each item -- so you can see what your food will look like before it arrives. Diners can also customize the design of their tabletop wallpaper, play computer games, pull up a map of the Tube, and call a cab for their ride home. Now if only they'd hand out iPods, a diner would be able to go through an entire dinner without looking at or listening to their companion across the table.
Graziano's Goes Green and Enters The Brickell Scene
The family-owned Graziano's opened its' first restaurant on Bird Road over twenty years ago. The latest is located in the downtown Brickell area (177 SW 7th St), and is hosting a free wine tasting every Thursday night from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Grazianos have a new philosophy, too, pledging:
"- The global trade association for ocean-friendly seafood
- No Trans Fat oil
- Grass Fed Animals
- Organic Chicken Breast
- 100% pure all-natural Berkshire Kurobuta Pork"
No sooner had Short Order finished saying very nice things about Dale Ray, executive chef at Loftin's 1116, when we read in June's Food Arts magazine that he has been replaced by sous chef Chuck Voudouris. Don't feel too bad for Ray -- he has resurfaced at Mustards Grill in Napa.
We also have news that Christian Delouvrier, who left La Goulue in Bal Harbour last year, is now at David Bouley's Secession in New York City.