Chef Tim Byres is in charge at the new Theodore in NorthPark.

Chef Tim Byres is in charge at the new Theodore in NorthPark.

Ben Torres

Luna De Noche went lights out at NorthPark Center in Dallas. A locally-owned restaurant called the Theodore is taking its place.

I've been asking about the Theodore since early May, when this logo was painted on the side of the not-yet-open restaurant inside NorthPark Center.

I've been asking about the Theodore since early May, when this logo was painted on the side of the not-yet-open restaurant inside NorthPark Center.

Sarah Blaskovich

The Theodore is an American restaurant named in honor of Teddy Roosevelt. It'll be a library-style bar and restaurant with vintage touches. It's owned by the restaurateurs behind Bolsa and Bolsa Mercado (both in Oak Cliff), Smoke (in West Dallas and in Plano), Spork (Plano) and Chicken Scratch and the Foundry (both in West Dallas).

The Theodore is located next-door to Kona Grill and is on the same side of the mall as parts of Macy's and Nordstrom.

NorthPark is growing its locally-owned restaurants, which is rare since many malls lean on chains for mid-shopping meals. Some of the D-FW-headquartered restaurants inside NorthPark include Bread Winners Cafe and Bakery, La Duni Kitchen and Coffee Studio, and Pho Kitchen.

The chef at the Theodore will be Tim Byres (pictured above), who has most recently been cooking on a one-of-a-kind hearth at Smoke in Plano. Last year, he won a James Beard Award for his cookbook, Smoke: New Firewood Cooking. 

The menu will include food Teddy Roosevelt himself might have eaten.

In case you need a refresher, Theodore Roosevelt is the second from the right on Mount Rushmore. He was the 26th president of the United States. He had an epic mustache.

In case you need a refresher, Theodore Roosevelt is the second from the right on Mount Rushmore. He was the 26th president of the United States. He had an epic mustache.

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It's mostly shareable plates such as:

  • Oxtail and beef shank
  • Dry-cured ham
  • Flatbread with mushroom, parsnip, dried tomato and pecorino cheese

The bar and restaurant is described as a "cocktail den" with a patio. It will also have an open-air bakery where Austin pastry guy David Norman (of the acclaimed downtown Austin spot Easy Tiger) will be a consultant. "Guests can sit at a counter and watch as dough is kneaded and bread is baked, the scent of sourdough and sweet yeast rolls drifting across the restaurant," a statement says.

The Theodore is slated to open this fall.

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