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JOHN TESAR THE COMMISSARY April 12, 2011

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On Being in Two Places at Once

When I was a kid, I recall numerous references to “the studio commissary” on Bob Barker game shows (NBC Commissary) and on “I Love Lucy” when Ricky Ricardo went to Hollywood and would meet guest stars like William Holden for lunch on the studio lot.  For me, the word commissary always conjured visions of glamorous people having glib conversations while enjoying exotic cuisine like pheasant under glass.  Leave it to John Tesar to interrupt my innocent childhood daydream with his latest bite of easy food and good vibrations for the 21st Century lifestyle.  And, kudos, too, for taking over the defunct Dali space in One Arts Plaza by re-visioning The Commissary into a casual gathering space for lunch, dinner, and late night nibbles (think burgers, pasta, and interesting “chef driven food”), and wine priced at retail (two times wholesale price instead of the usual 3 to 4 time markup of most restaurants).  Be the first on your block to catch the new restaurant concept in the midst of a “soft opening”, as we speak, this week.  But wait, there’s more!  Tesar’s vision is actually two restaurants in one!  Anything worth doing is worth over-doing?  No.  It’s much cooler than that.  In addition to the 40 seat restaurant–“The Commissary”–you can also partake of “The Table”.  A 12 seat community dining space with its own entrance–actually two–one from One Arts Plaza and the other interior door from the main restaurant.  Reserve one seat or all twelve.  Show up when you want.  When you arrive, someone may be having dessert as your meal is beginning.  As Tesar says on this video clip shot by foodie Brad Murano (The Brad’s Blog), it’s a great way to share conversation about the food.  We’ll give you our own personal “Zen” views soon as we become one with “The Commissary” and “The Table”.  For now check out “The Brad’s” view and read on for some excellent insights from food writer Kim Pierce.  And, hey John, welcome to the neighborhood.  Nice that somebody fixed the hole in One Arts Plaza since Dali closed.

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