By Zeke Quezada
I walked into the dark restaurant late one night in 2009 or 2010. The space was empty except for two servers sitting in a booth away from the front door. The music was on, but there was nary a patron to listen to it. At the request of a fellow food writer, I went in to meet a chef who was doing some excellent things in a kitchen that would eventually close its doors. I sat at the bar and introduced myself and then he simply asked, “Are you hungry?”
Since then we have had quite a few conversations about food, wine, French cuisine, and family. We have even shared memories about hockey and my disdain for the Detroit Red Wings and now the Vegas Golden Knights.
I followed this chef as he made his way through kitchens around Las Vegas and as he worked to build his brand and pursue his passion. Eventually, after a long journey filled with the pitfalls of the restaurant industry, he opened his own restaurant off of the Las Vegas strip. He opened a neighborhood restaurant to feed the people in his community. The Las Vegas community.
This chef is Brain Howard, and his restaurant is Sparrow & Wolf, located at 4480 Spring Mountain Road, Suite 100, Las Vegas, Nevada.
I write this to put a face to a restaurant that is currently under attack by a group that I would consider militant. A group that is just as bad any other faction that decides that if you are not with them, then you are indeed against them. These are not Vegans who work hard to raise awareness; these are bullies who are intent on spreading the disease in our political climate of intolerance.
Sparrow & Wolf is a family business that provides jobs, contributes to the community and is about the appreciation and passion for food. Plain and simple it is not a political pawn in any game. It is simply a place where you can sit at a bar, have a great drink and be asked a simple question, “Are you hungry?”
Go in and see what Brian Howard and his staff are doing at Sparrow & Wolf and support a local business and help them stand up to intolerance.
We all don’t have to agree with each other, but we owe it to each other to listen and to listen with a compassionate ear and attempt to understand each other. There is no better way to do that than through great food, great conversation, and great people.
Please consider Sparrow & Wolf.