Late last night Nancy got word that the always busy Wolfgang Puck would have some free time today for an interview after he finished a cooking demonstration at the Nasher. She tracked me down this morning and after a lot of phone calls and even more rushing around, I set out with a notepad in one hand, a tape recorder in the other and our web gal, Kyle Kearbey, who would videotape the entire interview. I was sure we were going to find out some juicy details about the renovations at Union Station and Reunion Tower. This would be good. Jump to see if it was as riveting as I thought it would be….
What I found out was that there was really not much to find out. Turns out Wolfgang knew about as much as I did. OK–maybe he told me some things but nothing earth-shattering was announced. The good news is that although we don’t know much, both venues should be open for business to the public by January 1.
The restaurant atop Reunion Tower, which will feature Asian cuisine and have a small sushi and yakitori bar, still has no name. But that hasn’t stopped them from already booking private parties in December. (Between you and me, I think he knows he just doesn’t want to share. Come on Puck–spill the beans!) I offered to come up with a name and he said if I did he’d give me free dinner for a lifetime. Sweet!
As always, Chef Puck was pleasant to chat with and even ignored the publicist who was tapping her watch to let me know my time was up. He made sure he’d answered all my questions and told me how excited he is about coming to Dallas. (Especially the cowboys–check out the video tomorrow.) He didn’t even break a sweat when I mentioned all the restaurant closings. He simply said restaurants come and go but he believes Reunion Tower is a great landmark and the people are going to want to come and see what’s been done. Good answer, Wolfgang. You’re a pro.