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foodiechick Jan 13, 2010 05:20 PM

Per Troy M. Johnson of Riviera Magazine: Frankie "The Bull" is opening a Creole restaurant in the old Better Half venue. After reading the article, it seems to me that Mr. Bull is confusing Creole with Cajun.


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    DougOLis Jan 13, 2010 05:37 PM

    well, guess we'll see how long this one lasts. What's the over/under?

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      stevewag23 Jan 13, 2010 06:09 PM

      "it seems to me that Mr. Bull is confusing Creole with Cajun."

      Yeah, it does.

      From the article:

      “I’ve got a Buddhist monk a Catholic priest and a voodoo doctor coming on opening day,”

      Better to not joke around about the Voodoo.

      That all being said, here is another place that I really hope is great and I will attend.

      Time will tell.

      Side note:

      That Modern Luxuary mag is San Diego Hype Machine territory.

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      1. re: stevewag23
        Dagney Jan 15, 2010 10:57 AM

        I am simply BRIMMING with anticipation. More schtick food in San Diego.

        1. re: Dagney
          stevewag23 Jan 15, 2010 02:26 PM


          Also, in light of the Earthquake in Haiti, his Voodoo "joke" seems even more like a foul ball.

      2. honkman Jan 13, 2010 10:13 PM

        When Better Half was in this place John told us that they only had to rent the buildings (and also Talus Cafe and Russo's House only rented the place). I was told that the landlord didn't want to rent the buildings anymore but only sell it. I wonder if either Frank Terzoli is taking a lot of risk by buying thaty place or if he was able to rent it again.
        Reading the short article, does anybody knows if they rebuild anything or how are they planning to seat 90 people in that space ? They were able to seat about 40-45 before.

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        1. re: honkman
          foodiechick Jan 13, 2010 10:44 PM

          I drove by there on Saturday. It is not being rebuilt, nor does it appear that there are any exterior renovations other than new paint. Paper up inside the windows so who knows how extensive the interior is being altered.

          1. re: honkman
            DougOLis Jan 14, 2010 08:11 AM

            Yeah, doesn't seem like the interior would be real conducive to flambeing a bunch of food all over the place either.

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            stevewag23 Jan 22, 2010 01:23 PM

            The Bull is back: Just in time for Mardi Gras, Frank Terzoli is opening up a Cajun and Creole restaurant branded The Big Easy in Hillcrest. Terzoli was San Diego's first entrant into Bravo's "Top Chef" series, and was nicknamed "Frankie the Bull" by his Season 2 compatriots. The menu includes Louisiana smoked ribs, crawfish po-boys, chicken pot pies, beef brisket sandwiches and cafe service in the mornings with fresh pastries and beignets. The Big Easy is in a purple and gold building with outdoor dining at 127 University Ave. and will open its doors for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Feb. 1.

            Source: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/20...

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