The row of new restaurants is located on the Omni property, detached from the hotel.

The row of new restaurants is located on the Omni property, detached from the hotel.

Sarah Blaskovich

The shiny, refurbished Pegasus statue is already beaming from the lawn at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas. It'll get new neighbors soon: a Coal Vines pizza shop, Biergarten on Lamar, Herrera's Tex-Mex and Little Katana Signature Grill sushi bar.

Coal Vines is a pizza and wine bar.

Coal Vines is a pizza and wine bar.

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Coal Vines and Biergarten on Lamar -- two separate restaurants -- are expected to open this fall.

[UPDATE Aug. 7: The opening date has been pushed back.]

Herrera's and Little Katana are expected to open later this year, perhaps in October, says a spokesman.

All four restaurants are part of a new addition on the Omni property. It's a $27 million project that includes a garage underneath. The project is financed by unused money from the construction of the hotel, according to a Dallas Morning News business story.

The pizza place and beer garden are owned by Joseph Palladino, he of Nick & Sam's and casual cousin Nick & Sam's Grill. 

Coal Vines, Little Katana and Herrera's have existing restaurants in D-FW. Biergarten on Lamar is new.

According to a statement, Palladino will visit Germany in July to pick the beers for his new beer garden.

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The four new restaurants join a property that already has a sports bar (the Owner's Box), an American restaurant (Texas Spice) and a steakhouse (Bob's Steak & Chop House) attached to the city-owned hotel. But the top complaint among people visiting the nearby Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center was the lack of food, Jack Matthews of Matthews Southwest, the developer for both the hotel and the restaurant-garage project, told The Dallas Morning News.

An early August opening is a good aim, as the convention center will host 80,000 people at Bishop T.D. Jakes' three-day festival called MegaFest Aug. 19-23.

 Coal Vines will be open for lunch, dinner and brunch. The Biergarten will be open for dinner and brunch. 

More to come on Little Katana and Herrera's.

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