When the Townhouse dive bar on 21st Street in Midtown closed last summer, the Starlite Lounge moved in. Co-owners Shannon Cannon and Charlie Coyne (owner of the Delta King) did a much-needed makeover and contracted with Keith Breedlove to oversee the in-house food-service program.
The menu mirrored the one aboard Breedlove’s roving food truck, Papa Dale’s, which specializes in “modernish” high-end pub grub such as tri-tip, house-cured bacon, and from-scratch mac ‘n’ cheese with five-cheese sauce.
Now word comes that Papa Dale’s will pull out of the Starlite at the end of the month.
“I love Shannon and Charlie, but we can’t keep things going,” said Breedlove, who is also the executive chef at the New Orleans-vibes French 25 in Stockton. “My wife and I are the only ones running everything, and (the Starlite) was becoming too much of a burden for us to handle properly. That’s why we decided to end the relationship.”
What’s next? “In January, the truck (named Lucy) is going to Stockton to be rebranded with French 25 as Papa Dale’s French Quarter, and will run out of French 25,” Breedlove said. “We’ll still be on the road and the stuff people loved from Papa Dale’s will still be there, but we’ll add some of the dishes from French 25, as well.”
What will replace the food operation at the Starlite? Phone calls yesterday and today to Cannon and Coyne weren’t returned by the time this item was posted, but we’ll follow up with what we know when we know it.