Chris Arrant

Our side of the river is finally getting some start-up love from restaurateur Nick Badovinus.

The Kessler Park resident told Carol Shih at Side Dish that he plans to open a second Off-Site Kitchen at Trinity Groves in the fall.

Trinity Groves founder Phil Romano was an early mentor of Badovinus. When he interviewed him for a Q&A in the May Advocate, he mentioned his intentions for a second Off-Site Kitchen and his fandom of Trinity Groves. He also talked about why there is no Neighborhood Services in Oak Cliff and his love of the neighborhood.

Here are excerpts:

Where is our Oak Cliff Neighborhood Services?

I’m always a little torn because it’s my sanctuary. Over there, I can be a customer. It’s nice to have a place to go where you’re just home. When I take the left on Sylvan and start going up the hill, I’m going home; I’m not going to work. It’s really nice to live there and not work there. Not that I would mind a live/work relationship, but it’s nice to have some separation.

What’s next for Flavor Hook?

A second Off Site Kitchen. We want to connect the market with an easier distribution model, if you will. We’ve got to make that product easier to get. The space [on Irving Boulevard] is very tight. The sweet spot is between 60 and 100 degrees, where people will wait outside, and that’s about it. We’re committed to doing more Neighborhood Services. We’ve got tons of ideas. Ideas are the easy part; there’s never a shortage of ideas in the world, but I think a couple of them might be good ones. There’s a seafood business we’d like to do. A hoof-based protein business; a premium protein house. Pizza is always … it’s a siren song. I’m an enthusiast. I always try to do stuff that we’re naturally enthusiastic about. I won’t be offering a stir-fry deal. I’m not the one to bring authentic Peruvian to the market. Not my deal. We will do things that we have legitimacy to author. If we think we’ve got something to say in the marketplace, we will work for that.