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Damien in the news

Posted in art, Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, Damien Watel, media, Press with tags , , , , , , , on July 9, 2009 by Do Bianchi

Fork debate aside, Watel cooks up a storm in Stone Oak

MySanAntonio.com/San Antonio Express News

July 9, 2009

By Nazish Dholakia – Staff Writer/North Central News

A literal fork in – or in this case, by – the road has not stopped restaurant owner and chef Damien Watel from aspiring to make his newest venture a success.

Earlier this year Watel, who resides in the Alamo Quarry Market area, added two new restaurants, Ciel and Ciao2, to his repertoire of restaurants throughout San Antonio.

However, the fork sculpture that Watel mounted beside these restaurants led to a confrontation between himself and the Stone Oak Property Owners Association.

The SOPOA argued that the sculpture was an unapproved 14-foot advertisement, which violated community rules. Watel has since then built a partial wall surrounding the fork as a compromise.

(The fork artist, Gilbert Duran, said he recently filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union against the POA, claiming a violation of his rights.)

“I had no idea there would be such a controversy,” Watel said.

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Father’s Day Brunch hours at Ciel Plaza

Posted in Ciel, Ciel Plaza, events, food and wine with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2009 by Do Bianchi

Ciel
(210) 481-7001‎
Ciao 2
(210) 481-7031‎
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, TX‎

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Above: crème brûlée at Ciel.

Bring dad to brunch at Ciel or dinner at Ciao2!

Brunch served from 10-2 p.m. and dinner from 5-10 p.m.

SA Express-News: “Ciao2 is memorable for all the right reasons.”

Posted in Ciao 2, Ciel Plaza, food and wine, Press, reviews with tags , , , , , , on June 15, 2009 by Do Bianchi

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Ciao 2
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, TX‎
(210) 481-7031‎

By Edmund Tijerina — Express-News

With all the fuss over a sculpture of a fork that sits in front of Damien Watel’s two Stone Oak area restaurants, it’s easy to forget about the businesses.

That’s too bad, because the experience and quality of the cuisine at Ciao2 is memorable for all the right reasons.

For those new to Watel’s places, the numeral in Ciao2 is due, the Italian word for two, denoting that it’s the second incarnation of his successful Ciao Lavanderia in Olmos Park.

Its clever, modern interior with bright-colored walls, brushed metal tables and a spacious patio promises a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere, and the cuisine largely delivers.

Dishes such as a goat cheese portobello polenta, with two squares of polenta resting on mushroom demi-glace and topped with a dollop of herbed goat cheese and sautéed portobello slices, make that point abundantly clear. So did the mushroom and quail risotto and Pizza Napolitan that featured anchovies, capers and olives.

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See and be seen: Essay Magazine Party/Mixer, Tuesday, June 16, Ciel Plaza

Posted in Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, Damien Watel, events with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2009 by Do Bianchi

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Don’t miss this summer’s hottest mixer and networking event, Essay Magazine’s June Mixer at Ciel Plaza….

Damien Watel, Plaza Ciel, and Essay Magazine present:

Essay Magazine Mixer

Date:
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Time:
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location:
Plaza Ciel
Street:
20626 Stone Oak Parkway
San Antonio, TX

To RSVP please call: (210) 481-7001
or email plazaciel@sorintl.com

Wedding season is upon us: wedding planner Tracy French on Ciel and Ciao 2

Posted in Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, events, weddings with tags , , , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by Do Bianchi

Tracy FrenchSan Antonio socialite wedding planner Tracy French on Ciel and Ciao 2:

We had a great site visit and lunch today at Ciel/Ciao 2. Ciel offers classic French dining and Ciao 2 offers contemporary Italian cuisine. They have a banquet room well as a beautiful patio that would be great for a rehearsal dinner or an initiate wedding reception.

Both restaurants are right next to each other and you can order from either menu at both locations.

Thank you Tracy!

Please sign the petition at Ciel Plaza to save Duran’s Fork!

Posted in art, Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2009 by Do Bianchi

fourchette1We have launched a petition to save the Gilbert Duran Fork sculpture and put an end to censorship at Ciel Plaza: please visit us at 20626 Stone Oak Pkwy, (210) 481-7001‎, and ask for managers Sunny or Jordan to sign the petition. We’d like to thank everyone for their continued support. Even if you don’t read French, have a look at the Wiki page for French artist Arman and his 1992 fork sculpture in Roanne, France, “Les Gourmandes: Des fourchettes empilées.”

Tanji Patton speaks out on Duran Fork censorship

Posted in art, Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, Damien Watel, Press with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 4, 2009 by Do Bianchi

tanji_pattonSan Antonio authority on everything food and wine, Tanji Patton, spoke her mind to the San Antonio News-Express on recent censorship of the Duran Fork sculpture at Ciel Plaza… Thank you Tanji!

Could the ongoing saga of the fork, the ugly wall and the angry homeowners association get any more bizarre!
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Apparently….YES. Well known San Antonio artist Gilbert Duran tells me he’s filed a complaint with the American Civil Liberties Union alleging his right to freedom of expression and the rights of the homeowners are being trampled by the Stone Oak Homeowners Association. This gets really interesting – colorful civil rights attorney Gerry Goldstein has been contacted by the restaurant owner/chef to enter the fracas.

You’ve heard the story–culinary artist/chef Damien Watel commissions well known San Antonio artist Gilbert Duran to create a sculpture in front of his new restaurants Ciel and Ciao 2 on Stone Oak Parkway. The Stone Oak Home Owners Association cries foul, and now a 14 foot tall eyesore-of-a-wall covers the artist’s creation.

Wow…what a mess! I don’t live in Stone Oak, so I can’t say how I’d feel as a neighbor, but let’s look at the big picture. Damiel Watel is an incredibly well respected chef and restaurant operator who most landlords and neighborhoods would welcome with open arms.

A successful business creates energy and often opens the door for more successful businesses where it locates. Then, there’s the revenue generated with property taxes, sales taxes…etc. A good business is good for business!

To please the HOA, Watel doled out about $8,000 to erect the wall to cover the sculpture. Yet, nobody appears to be happy here.

My sympathies, so far, lie with Damien…unless someone can convince me otherwise. In fact, I think I’ll have dinner there this weekend.