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DK Wings a casualty at the casino

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IMG_5391Rumors swirled Tuesday night after word that Chef Douglas Keane’s DK Wings eatery in the Graton Resort and Casino had been boarded up.

Keane has confirmed the closure, and  the restaurant’s logo on the casino’s website has been removed from the Marketplace page.

The fried chicken wing and pickle bar was a creative concept from the former Cyrus chef, opening in early November. Early reviews from Keane fans were positive, but Yelpers didn’t seem quite as enthusiastic. Both Keane and partner Nick Peyton (who still have the successful HBG Bar in Healdsburg) were working the lines and hawking wings almost daily, leading BiteClub to wonder if the strain of churn-and-burn at such a high-traffic spot was ultimately too much.

Keane did not return phone calls or messages. BiteClub wishes Keane and his staff the best.

12 Responses

  1. Diner Dave January 16, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    One more comment if I may Bite Club Fans. I am from Buffalo, and have eaten my fair share of wings. The only way to make good wings is they have to be consumed within 5-15 min right out of the fryer, and it takes AT LEAST 12-16 minutes, depending on the recovery temp, to make awesome CRISPY chicken wings. My point…..wings are NOT a fast food item, and it was a horrible decision to put that type of food in a quick serve food court environment.

  2. Diner Dave January 16, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    One more comment if I may Bite Club Fans. I am from Buffalo, and have eaten my fair share of wings. The only way wings is they have to be consumed within 5-15 min right out of the fryer, and it takes AT LEAST 12-16 minutes, depending on the recovery temp, to make awesome CRISPY chicken wings. My point…..wings are NOT a fast food item, and it was a horrible decision to put that type of food in a quick serve food court environment.

  3. Gary January 15, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    He probably couldn’t handle the “cig smoke” very smart man to be moving on…………

    • Pete January 16, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

      yes the smoke is worse than a fumes from a big rid

      • Pete January 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

        rig truck,please put some good fans open the roof dont you care,

  4. Teresa January 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm #

    Oh no, that is so disappointing. Like LindaSez, I too was waiting for the die down. And was really looking foreward to trying them. Yikes. Do you think that was a fair trial period? Not even 3 months? He/they must have hated working there. :(
    So, where is the best place for great wings? Anyone?

    • J.R. January 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      Haven’t been there in awhile but I’ve always had good wings at Original Buffalo Wings on East Washington in Petaluma.

      Avoid Wingstop in Santa Rosa. Slow service, tiny dried-out wings, and limp undercooked french fries.

    • Harry January 23, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

      Head out to the Russian River Pub on River Rd near Forestville (NOT the brewpub in Santa Rosa) and have the BEST wings in the area…

  5. biteclub January 15, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    Yeah, I suspect there will be other casualties/changes. Will be interesting to see what replaces it.

    • JDG January 16, 2014 at 10:40 am #

      Agreed. There are too many restaurant seats up there. My money says one of the “casual” restaurants becomes a buffet by summer…which one is hard to say…Tony’s was busy last time I was there but there’s nothing terribly exciting about it…maybe a portion of Daily Grill gets converted??? (By the way, I was a strong defender of their original “no buffet” plan, but I think once they start a strong bus program they’ll need one.)

  6. LindySez January 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    Was waiting for the hub bub to die down in the casino before I ventured in to try…snooze = lose

    • Diner Dave January 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm #

      Lindysez, the hub bub has died months ago. Release the cocoon. The BBQ place there rocks and the pizza by the slice is decent.

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