With imminent openings planned (or recent debuts achieved) for the following new restaurants, it promises to be a buzzy fall on the Dallas dining scene:
Chef Blythe Beck and Kitchen LTO owner Casie Caldwell's restaurant with "swanky Southern flair" debuted September 3 in the Bishop Arts space that formerly housed Driftwood. Here's a photo gallery.
Pink Magnolia, 642 W. Davis Street, Dallas; 469-320-9220; pinkmagnoliadallas.com
French-Mexican cooking are in store at the new place from the Misery Loves Company group (Michael Martensen, Sal Jafar II and Jeremy Hargrove), which also owns Proof + Pantry. Former Komali and Salum executive chef Julio Peraza heads the kitchen. It's in the Shops of Highland Park, home to Carbone's Fine Food and Wine, the Mint Asian Fusion Cuisine and T.J.'s Seafood Market and Grill. The press release promises dishes such as lobster bisque en croute with Mexican-inspired vegetables and black jalapeño ash, and enfrijoladas with cilantro tortillas, duck confit and crispy duck skin. Martensen's cocktails and his collection of mezcal, tequila, Armagnacs and French eaux de vie will be a draw at the bar. They're hoping to open in mid-September.
Chef Nick Badovinus (Neighborhood Services, Off-Site Kitchen) plans to open his long-awaited casual Pacific Northwest-style seafood place, in the former Spoon space in Preston Center, sometime in September. He has described the cooking as "Hog Island Oyster Co. meets Swan Oyster Depot meets Neptune in Boston meets Hungry Cat in L.A."
Montlake Cut, 8220 Westchester Drive, Dallas
An early October is opening is planned for Americano, the new restaurant in the Joule Hotel. There executive chef Matt Ford will be spinning "creative interpretations of Italian-American classics."
Americano, the Joule Hotel, 1530 Main Street, Dallas.
Lisa Garza-Selcer (owner of Sissy's Southern Kitchen and Bar) and longtime Five Sixty executive chef Patton Robertson foresee an October opening for their new place on Elm St. downtown, featuring modern Southern cooking.
Yet more Southern-inspired cooking is in store at Filament, Matt McCallister's highly anticipated (and long-delayed) Deep Ellum restaurant. McCallister's FT33 is one of only three 5-star restaurants in Dallas. The debut is planned for sometime in October.