Archive for Damien Watel

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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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

Message from Damien to our supporters

Posted in art, Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, Damien Watel, Press with tags , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2009 by Do Bianchi

Thanks to all the supporters. The Fork was always meant to be art. Art it is and I hope we get to the artistic business of cooking soon and forget the silly fork battle. Even though the attention gets to be a bit much, publicity is one thing positive for the artwork itself and public awareness about DURAN the artist. It is validation for the rest of us for encouraging such creations. Let’s hope our (whole) city gets more and more public art.


Thanks to all.

—Damien Watel

San Antonio Express-News asks does Damien Watel have “A taste for more trouble?”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2009 by Do Bianchi

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By Jennifer Hiller – Express-News

(Photo by SO’R International)

Stone Oak’s rotund, curvy fork sculpture is now concealed behind a stucco wall approved by a property owners group. But Saturday, the wall was covered with artwork that could lead to another flap with the Stone Oak Property Owners Association.

The wall had represented a compromise between the association and the Vatel Restaurant Group, which this year installed the 14-foot sculpture outside new French restaurant Ciel, Italian restaurant Ciao2 and the Green Lantern bar on Stone Oak Parkway.

Chef and restaurant owner Damien Watel developed the property, called Plaza Ciel, and commissioned San Antonio artist Gilbert Duran to design the sculpture.

The problem was that Watel considered the fork to be art, while the property owners association saw it as a giant unapproved sign. Stone Oak regulations specify that improvements — including sidewalks, fencing, new buildings — require preapproval, which Watel did not have.

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Damien Vatel unveils wall veiling Duran Fork Sculpture at Ciel Plaza

Posted in art, Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, Damien Watel with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2009 by Do Bianchi

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“It’s a really depressing day,” noted Vatel Restaurant Family publicist Cristine Vasquez, president of SO’R International PR, as Damien Watel put the final touches on the wall that veils the Gilbert Duran Fork Sculpture at Ciel Plaza today.

Journalists, patrons, and fans gathered to watch on as Damien — owner, chef, and developer of Ciel Plaza on Stone Oak Parkway in north San Antonio (above) — inaugurated the wall which blocks view of the work of art from Stone Oak Parkway. Damien commissioned the sculpture after opening Ciel Plaza, which features his two newest restaurants, Ciel and Ciao 2.

Damien was forced to construct the wall by the Stone Oak Property Owners Association who has claimed that the fork was in violation of zoning laws, calling it advertising instead of a work of art.

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The wall (above) was completed a few days ago and was painted today by construction workers before Damien added the final touch: a red silhouette of the fork, reminiscent, he noted, of a devil’s pitchfork.

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Onlookers were treated to mimosas and croissants from Bistro Vatel Bakery, which helped to soothe the pain at watching a great work of art be censored.

Photos courtesy Mosaic Wine Group.

Another Brick in the Wall

Posted in art, Ciao 2, Ciel, Ciel Plaza, Damien Watel with tags , , , , on May 28, 2009 by Do Bianchi

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The censorship wall around the Duran Fork sculpture has been completed at at Ciel Plaza on Stone Oak Parkway. Please join us on Saturday at noon for its official unveiling and unveiling party at Ciel.

Saturday, May 30
12 p.m.
Ciel Plaza
20626 Stone Oak Pkwy
San Antonio, TX‎
(210) 481-7001‎