Last night at Trinity Groves, the up-and-coming development located at the west end of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, rotating pop-up restaurant Kitchen LTO came a step closer to fruition. Chefs, industry peeps and the city's food-obsessed gathered at event space 3015 to schmooze and sip craft beer from neighboring Four Corners Brewing Co., but most importantly to scope out the chefs and designers vying for a chance to turn their restaurant dreams into reality.
Five chefs (including recently departed Acme F&B chef Norman Grimm) presented sample dishes and menus for their proposed restaurant concepts, and the food ranged from simple Cajun cuisine to elaborate modernist dishes like "spaghetti and meatballs" in a shot glass. Five designers (including Coeval Studio, the design firm responsible for the sexy interior at Belly & Trumpet) presented their visions for interiors via mood boards and mockups, with looks that varied from clean and modern to something called "Traditional Quirky." Event attendees were given poker chips to cast their votes in paint cans posted at each contestant's station; folks at home can now weigh in, too, via the voting that's now underway at Kitchen LTO's website.