Dining musical chairs in Jackson Hole

Editor’s Note: The hearing for the liquor license application by Kampai Holdings LLC d/b/a Kampai has been rescheduled until April 12. The April 5 Town Council meeting was canceled due to spring break.  

JACKSON, Wyo. — Spring is bringing new beginnings for the restaurant scene in Jackson Hole. A game of musical chairs is playing out in downtown Jackson, with restaurants shuffling locations and some closing their doors.

Thai Plate

Thai Plate is relocating to the former home of Utilete, at 145 N. Glenwood Street. Last summer, Eric and Zarina Sakai quietly rebranded The Phoenix and the Dragon, reopening their business as Utilete, a health-focused lifestyle brand. The business closed its doors to its physical location this winter to grow its e-commerce brand online.

The current home of Thai Plate, at 135 N. Cache Street will be demolished in the coming months to make way for phase two of Hotel Jackson’s development. The owners of Hotel Jackson, the Darwiche’s, own multiple properties on Glenwood under the company Stage Stop, Inc.

Thai Plate will still lease from the Darwiche’s at their new location at 145 N. Glenwood Street.

Kampai

E.leaven Food Company closed its doors after 15 years in November of 2020, following the sale of the property at 175 N. Center Street. Owners Molly and Hunter Frobouck, and business partner Eben Dorros decided not to find another location for their business.

The property was purchased by Kampai Re Holdings LLC, making way for a new sushi restaurant, Kampai. Major renovation plans are in the works, with an anticipated opening date of July 2021. Phase two of renovations includes plans for a rooftop deck. A liquor license for the property will be discussed by the Town Council on April 5.

The Bistro

After 20 years of service, Rendevous Bistro announced they would be closing their doors at 380 S Hwy 89, at the end of the 2021 winter season. The first restaurant for restauranteurs Gavin Fine and Roger Freedman, Rendezvous Bistro opened in 2001. According to Fine Dining, the Bistro’s closure was planned, and not a result of the current pandemic.

Fine Dining will open a new restaurant, The Bistro, in the Cloudveil Hotel in the spring of 2021. According to the Cloudveil, “The Bistro brings casual, yet refined French-American bistro cuisine and an expansive raw bar to Jackson Hole.” The Bistro will be serving breakfast lunch and dinner. The Hotel is slated to open in May at 112 Center Street. The Cloudveil is owned by Marriot, under Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott’s boutique hotel group.

Tomorrow evening, March 26, will be the last night of service at Rendeveous Bistro. According to Fine Dining, they are planning to retain all of the Rendezvous Bistro employees through the end of the winter, and, after its closure, those employees will have future opportunities available to them with Fine Dining.

Moe’s Original BBQ

After five years in business, Moe’s Original BBQ closed its doors this winter. According to the restaurant, “The current business climate, along with the uncertainty of Covid-19 has forced us to make this difficult decision to not renew our Lease for another Term.”

Owners Tom Fay and David Fogg opened the restaurant in December of 2016. There are no plans to open at another location at this time but in a statement, Moe’s said, “we are hoping to see you again in another location down the road if the right opportunity presents itself.”

The property at 140 N. Cache Street is owned by Hereford Capital Co, LLC.

Koi Sushi and Poke

Though it has been opened since January, Koi Sushi and Poke moved into the former location of the shoestore, Jackson Bootlegger. Owner, Stephanus Stevenson opened up his grab-and-go restaurant in the lower level of 36 E. Broadway Ave.

Jackson Bootlegger closed its doors in the Summer of 2019.

About The Author

Buckrail @ Lindsay

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.

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