Because here’s Chez Tex, a neighborhood rendezvous point uniting dishes from a Republique vet with life-affirming wine, opening Wednesday in Venice. See the slideshow and the menu.
You’ve needed this place before. Some desperate night on Main Street when you’re trapped helplessly betwixt collegiate beer bars, searching to post up somewhere for good wine and a little loup de mer. Hush, it’s over. Now you’ll proceed to this slim former gallery under walls of wavy stencils and red brick.
In a month, you’ll visit for Counter Culture coffee in the morning. Or a light lunch. Before proceeding beachward to enjoy a fall that feels suspiciously more like summer than summer.
Until then, you’re escorting dates and friends here in the evening after getting decently sunny/sandy. Begin at the bar with a bottle of cab franc or some local drafts. Continue to a table to better eat things like kielbasa or yellowtail ceviche.
The front wall will open up to a saltwater-tinged breeze. You’ll laugh and feel something slightly akin to magic. If you’re date-free, perhaps you’ll meet a bordering table of attractive Venetians.
A few have been sighted in the area recently.