It's not every day that the opening of a Dallas restaurant becomes national news, but new Lake Highlands restaurant Resident Taqueria was written up by a number of showbiz sites over the weekend, thanks to the contributions of a celebrity server.
Dallas native Annie Clark, who performs under the moniker St. Vincent, helped out the restaurant on its opening weekend, clearing tables, refilling napkin dispensers, and other humdrum waiterly chores.
Clark announced her shift with a tweet:
Instagram user kkdubya snapped a photo of Clark in action, reposted by kotokotooto, who encouraged diners to go "and let waitress extraordinaire @st_vincent serve you delicious tacos y margaritas."
St. Vincent is the singer-songwriter whose releases have included a collaboration in 2012 with David Byrne called Love This Giant. She won a Grammy for her 2014 self-titled album, and she also performed at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies with the remaining members of Nirvana.
Clark was there because she has a family connection: Resident Taqueria is owned by her sister Amy and brother-in-law Andrew Savoie. The couple lives in the neighborhood and became inspired to open the place after realizing there were few taquerias nearby. Andrew, a culinary instructor at the Art Institute of Dallas for the past nine years, has previously worked at restaurants such as Jean Georges in New York; Hugo's in Maine; and Bouchon in Yountville, California.
Resident's menu includes tacos with chicken, short ribs, pork belly, tempura striped bass, and chorizo with onion and potato. Signature tacos include chicken with pickled nopales, hominy, and ancho aioli and pork shoulder with pineapple, cabbage, and guajillo.
There are also two intriguing vegetarian tacos, including one — cauliflower with kale, pepita, and lemon-epazote aioli — inspired by a recipe Andrew learned at Jean Georges.
Clark's server stint earned the notice of music sites such as Pitchfork and Stereogum, as well as entertainment sites like E! and People (who helpfully noted that her model girlfriend Cara Delevingne was at a birthday party in London).
According to E!, Clark helped out on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, waiting tables and bartending. "She was just doing it as an excellent sister and knew we needed the help," E!'s story said.