Let's Make a Deal
Crescent Court in negotiations for new restaurant
BY MARK STUERTZ
Zolon is a little rough around the edges
All that's left is the fat lady's aria. Word has been pinballing around town and cyberspace for months that restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa, who operates Matsuhisa in Los Angeles and Nobu in New York as well as restaurants in London, Tokyo, Aspen, Las Vegas and Malibu, is close to slipping a restaurant into the Hotel Crescent Court. Pursed-lip hotel officials will say only that negotiations continue. But a source close to the deal says plans call for Beau Nash to be partitioned with one segment dedicated to hotel operations (breakfast, events) and the other dedicated to the Matsuhisa project. Meanwhile, a source says the Crescent is also close to a deal with chef Kerry Simon of Simon's Kitchen and Bar inside the Hard Rock Resort in Las Vegas to put a restaurant in the former Gumbo's/We Oui space. Though he won't confirm this specifically, Jeffrey Yarbrough, who is working with Simon via his new public relations and marketing firm Big Ink, says Simon is scouring the area for sites and is looking to build a team of local talent to put Kerry Simon restaurants in and around Dallas. "We're officially on tour," he says.