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Thursday, March 29, 2007


There's an opening date for Hugo now. That's the “sophisticated Southern” restaurant planned for the former Pho Paris space in Oakley. Their web site's up, too, where you can check out the menu. Sounds good: wild mushrooms with pork belly, endive and parmesan, or pork loin with butter beans, southern greens, golden raisins and bourbon.

Similar in a way to SouthView at Newport, though I think it sounds more culinarily serious.

Sean Daly's the chef/owner. He's one of several chefs with this story: went to Cincinnati private high school (Summit), went to culinary school, spent time in another city, then came back to open a restaurant with some private financial backing. (The others I'm thinking of are David Falk, whose restaurant Boca is across the street, and also went to Summit; Jonathan Dwight, of Fresh, and Julie Francis of Nectar, who went to Seven Hills.) Only notable because I imagine there was a day not so long ago when parents who'd just spent their money on a private high school education would have been pretty upset if their kids wanted to head for the kitchen.
Hugo will serve dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 3235 Madison Avenue, Oakley, www.hugo-restaurant.com


at 6:51 PM Blogger Rick said...

Polly, what is the deal with Sturkey's/Encore/Mesh. How and why do you no longer own your self-named resaurant?? And now Paul Sturkey is named just the chef at Mesh?? Detective work is in order...

at 1:30 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick and Polly
I've shared alcohol with various of the players in the Sturkey's saga, so I have some inside info. I can say that Paul sold his name, which is why the old Sturkeys remained named as such for so long. He sold it, they continued to use it. He found new investors for Mesh (mucho dinero was needed) and fell out of favor with the old.

Lesson: Don't give your rights to your name away.

at 4:31 PM Blogger Rick said...

Anon, thanks....
Appreciate the insider info.
This restaurant biz is better than the CIA, I swear.....

at 4:31 PM Blogger Rick said...

Anon, thanks!!

at 4:32 PM Blogger Rick said...

Anon, thanks!!
You need to keep sharing alcohol with everyone and keep posting...

at 6:16 PM Blogger Rick said...

Sorry for the multiple comments... There was a glitch and I didn't think it registered.....

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