Belly & Trumpet on McKinney Avenue has closed its doors with plans to reconcept. According to CultureMap, their last service was Saturday night. The restaurant from Richard and Tiffanee Ellman (with eye-catching decor by local design mavens Coeval Studio) originally began its life back in early 2013 as a globally-influenced small plates spot, earning a coveted four-star review from Leslie Brenner, but eventually transitioned to slightly more of a traditional menu setup with starters and entrees. Fans of chef Brian Zenner won't have to look far, as he took the reins once again at the Design District's Oak a few months ago. Cocktails by barman Matt Perry were standouts; per the DMN's Beer Blog, Perry can now be found at Neighborhood Services. POST UPDATE: Here's a statement from B&T co-owner Richard Ellman: "A well-known bar/restaurant owner and operator will be taking over Belly & Trumpet and creating a new concept for the space. They will be reaching out with more details as they become available."
"Uptown didn't seem to know what to do with a fine-dining spot," Gubbins states. Indeed, the neighborhood certainly seems more welcoming to burgers and bars, though newcomer So & So's is making a strong play with a menu that balances pizza and wings with fancy small plates like hamachi crudo and confit pork belly.