One of Dallas' longest-surviving restaurants will close after a final dinner service on Saturday, March 26.
Adelmo and Eliza Banchetti opened Adelmo's Ristorante in a striking, two-story space at 4537 Cole Avenue on September 12, 1989. In coming weeks, they plan to move the 26 year-old Italian restaurant to a larger space formerly occupied by Bijoux in Inwood Village at 5450 West Lovers Lane.
Over the years, Adelmo's garnered a reputation for its cozy atmosphere and warm, attentive service. Its white table cloths and intimate dining space have contributed to its renown in "Dallas-speak" as a quintessential first date or 20th anniversary spot. Regulars love the veal osso bucco, a signature dish, almost as much as longtime server Fernando Colli.
That noted attentiveness is further reflected in the restaurant's savvy social media presence, which has dutifully fielded questions about the move since rumors began to swirl last year. While many loyal, longtime fans have lamented the loss of the charming, if small, original building, Adelmo's cited growing rent and the loss of its parking lot due to construction for the move.
While the new, single-story location will offer a larger dining space and less complicated service logistics, some have wondered if it will maintain the original's romantic ambiance. To which Adelmo's has assured fans they will be "pleasantly surprised."
Adelmo's has not yet announced an official date for the new location's grand opening, but the Banchettis say via email more information is coming soon.