By Steven Doyle
Photos by Robert Bostick
Twomey has literally cleaned house by selling off Plano’s Loft 610 and are close to opening their latest concept Marquee that will be located in the Highland Park Village. Tre Wilcox will oversee the culinary program and Jason Kosmas (formerly of Bolsa) will tend to the very special beverage program. Both are busily hiring and planning their own special magic for Marquee.
That is until now. As part of an ambitious project Common Table will extend their patio and provide better parking. They have also hired a James Beard House recognized chef in Mike Smith.
“I grew up in a restaurant family and have always been around this industry. In ‘94 I was hired at the original Green Room to
From there the self-taught chef made quite a name for himself working next at Arcodoro & Pomodoro, then as one of the owners of Thomas Avenue Beverage Company [TABC] and across the street 2900 where the chef received plenty of accolades including four stars, a great Zagat rating and an invitation to the James Beard House.
How Smith became chef at Common Table seems magical, especially for the owners who feel they made a major score in the chef. Smith agrees saying, “I really love this this place and I actually am eager to come to work each day.”
We already love what Smith has done with the kitchen (which will also get a make-over soon). Most of the menu items have been jacked up to suit the taste of the new chef, plus he has been adding new items including incredible daily specials. Their Sunday brunch has already boosted its following with its Creole-influenced menu.
The bar is also getting a fresh coat of paint as Common Table decides how to escalate their cocktail program. It should be noted that Jason Kosmas has been seen behind the bar there recently.
Common Table seems to be getting the love and attention it deserves and for a great reason: they deserve as much as they get.