Julio Peraza is the new executive chef at Madrina and Proof + Pantry.

Julio Peraza is the new executive chef at Madrina and Proof + Pantry.

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[Editor's note: This story was updated on Aug. 25 with news on the new chef and the early September opening.]

The team behind Proof + Pantry in the Dallas Arts District plans to open a new restaurant in September called Madrina in The Shops of Highland Park. It will be located in place of Nosh Euro Bistro, in the shopping center near Oak Lawn and Wycliff avenues in Dallas.

Madrina will serve Mexican food inspired by French technique, according to a press release. Some of the menu items will be plantain empanadas with braised oxtail, and enfrijoladas with cilantro tortillas and duck confit.

Julio Peraza will be executive chef at Madrina and sibling restaurant Proof + Pantry, according to a spokeswoman.

Chef Kyle McClelland was executive chef at both restaurants, but he's no longer with the company, the spokeswoman says. 

Michael Martensen, one of the owners, will tend bar. 

Peraza worked formerly as executive chef at Komali and Salum in Dallas.

The word Madrina means "godmother" in Spanish, and a press release says the restaurant will be designed as a "comfortable, home away from home for patrons to enjoy food and drinks with close friends." The most casual part of the restaurant will be the cantina-style bar.

Diners can also sit at the chef's counter and watch Peraza work.

The restaurant will share the same shopping center as Carbone's Fine Food & Wine and TJ's Seafood Market4216 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas. Expected opening: early September.

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