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ALL’S “FARE” A stylish nibble by A Fare Extraordinaire’s chef Beier and, far above from left, Boada’s dining room and his Caribbean Bananas dessert –Robin Barr Sussman 28 | | June 2011 ARTURO PHOTOS BY SHANNON O’HARA; A FARE EXTRAORDINAIRE PHOTO BY AMY VOGEL; TYSON COLE PHOTO BY JULIE SOEFER THE LOOP | NOW! EAT SHEET Tyson Cole Boada’s Back! e Voss corridor in the Memorial ’hood is starting to look like restaurant row with Carrabba’s, Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen and now ARTURO BOADA CUISINE (6510 Del Monte Dr., 713.782.3011). Chef Boada departed Arturo’s Uptown Italiano to open his new spot featuring “continental cuisine, a little bit Spanish, Italian and Latin American,” says Boada. e former Bistro Don Camillo space has been freshened up with sunny gold walls and white linen-clad bistro tables to seat 50; the wood-burning oven remains in full view from the kitchen and is utilized to cook most dishes. On the menu? Wood-red carnitas pizza and New York strip steak with chimichurri; pastas and seafood such as sautéed salmon with ai mango pico de gallo; ceviche; and sh tacos. … Former Catalan exec chef Chris Shepherd is now consulting at Montrose’s ANVIL BAR & REFUGE (1424 Westheimer Rd., 713.523.1622) on a new Southern street-food-inspired bar menu to pair with the freshly concocted “Southern Cocktail Tradition” menu (for more, see Loop Nightlife). Keeping busy until 19 his Underbelly restaurant opens this fall—it’ll share space with the Anvil owners’ craft beer bar Hay Merchant— Shepherd has come up with shareable items like house-pickled vegetables, boiled Georgia peanuts and andouille on a stick. And heftier plates like the Kentucky Hot Brown—an open-face turkey, bacon, cheese and local-tomato sandwich—await. Don’t skip the skillet cornbread, which is topped with bacon, onion relish and a fried egg. … Meanwhile, Catalan is in the process of rebranding as COPPA RISTORANTE ITALIANO (5555 Washington Ave.) and Pappas alum Brandi Key will man the stoves. Key’s crafting an Italian-American menu including signature Neapolitan pizza from Coppa’s new wood-red oven. Expect the same reasonably priced wine list as Catalan, but with a heavier Italian accent. Owners Grant Cooper and Charles Clark plan on a July opening after the remodeling is complete. … DOWN HOUSE (1801 Yale St.), by Joey Treadway and Austin’s underbird Co ee owner Chris Cusack, is scheduled to open this month in a historic former Heights bank building. Chef Chandlar Rothbard, East Coast chef and former host of Keeping It Real Local talk show, is serving more than high-class cups of joe. At the co eehouse-by-day, artisan-cocktail-and-beer-bar-by-night, expect specialty charcuterie and local Pola cheeses, soups and salads, and substantial bar snacks. Joel Mozersky, who designed Benjy’s on Washington and e Drake club, has styled a striking space and cool patio with a timely industrial look that also nods to the past. Components include antique xtures and a vintage medical storage cabinet. … Chef Sam Beier has left *17 restaurant (in the Alden Hotel, 1117 Prairie St., 832.200.8888) and is now in charge of menus at high-end catering company A FARE EXTRAORDINAIRE (713.527.8288). ... More chef shu e: CAFFE BELLO has closed, and its former chef Mike Dei Maggi has joined Delicious Concepts, the group behind PINK’S PIZZA , the delivery joints known for hand-tossed dough; LOLA , counter-service comfort food in the Heights; and Asian-casual DRAGON BOWL (1221 W. 11th St., 713.426.2750). He’s started by revamping the latter’s menu, focusing on pan-Asian street food like low-oil stir-frys. Anticipate rotating chef specials on the menu such as soy ginger salmon and bul gogi —Korean-style barbecue beef served with caramelized onion and sambal chili sauce. NUMBER CRUNCH The number of years since a Texas-based chef has won a James Beard Award. The streak ended in May when Austin-based, Houston-reared sushi star Tyson Cole, who’s opening a highly anticipated second location of his Uchi restaurant in H-Town this fall, was named Best Chef in the Southwest. Houston’s RDG + Bar Annie chef-owner Robert Del Grande nabbed the very prestigious prize in 1992.