Archive for Ciel Plaza

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 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.

Click here to read more…


Happy hour at Ciel Plaza 5-7, 25% off apps and drinks

Posted in Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza with tags , , , on June 25, 2009 by Do Bianchi


Above: at Ciao 2 in Ciel Plaza all of the pizzas are wood-fired (no coal here!).

Ciel Plaza
(210) 481-7001‎
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, TX‎

The weekend is almost here and you know what that means: HAPPY HOUR! From 5-7, enjoy appetizers and drinks at Ciao 2 and Ciel for 25% off. See you there!

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

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


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.

The Best Rosé in the World and Coq au Vin at Ciel

Posted in Ciel, Ciel Plaza, featured dish, food and wine with tags , , , , , , , on June 8, 2009 by Do Bianchi

Need we say more? Run don’t walk…

20626 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, TX‎
(210) 481-7001‎

coq au vin

Above: Chef Clint Connaway’s classic Coq au Vin, braised for 24 hours.


Above: Bandol Rosé by Tempier, considered by many “the best rosé in the world” and very hard to find.

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!
Thumbnail image for photo.jpg

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.