Here's the exterior of the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas in 2012. The Adolphus will be home to City Hall Bistro.

Here's the exterior of the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas in 2012. The Adolphus will be home to City Hall Bistro.

Kye R. Lee/The Dallas Morning News.

Dining at Dallas City Hall might not be your idea of a good time: You pay your water bill at 1500 Marilla, then you grab a bite to eat.

Not to worry! The coming-soon City Hall Bistro isn't located at Dallas City Hall. It will open inside the Adolphus hotel, on the site that used to be Dallas' original city hall. Clever.

Just for fun -- and because we don't yet have photos of the interior of City Hall Bistro -- here's a historical photo of the Adolphus hotel in 1929.

Just for fun -- and because we don't yet have photos of the interior of City Hall Bistro -- here's a historical photo of the Adolphus hotel in 1929.

G. A. McAfee/DMN file photo

City Hall Bistro is expected to serve Southern European food, says a press release, plus wine and cocktails. It will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekends and happy hour on the weekdays.

The Adolphus' General Manager of Food and Beverage Operations Anthony Cournia notes there's a "developing food scene" in downtown Dallas. Longtime popular restaurants such as Five Sixty, on its perch up high inside Reunion Tower, and the Zodiac, the quintessential ladies' lunch spot inside the original Neiman Marcus, have long lured diners to downtown Dallas. Newer spots such as CBD Provisions have helped encourage diners to stick around past 5 p.m., though the neighborhood could surely use more reasons to convince diners to stay awhile.

Cooks from The Adolphus hotel wave during the Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade in December 2014.

Cooks from The Adolphus hotel wave during the Dallas Children's Health Holiday Parade in December 2014.

G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News

The Adolphus, of course, is home to the revered French Room, a classic Dallas restaurant that's getting a complete redo. Read more about how the French Room is being reimagined from special contributor Mark Vamos. 

City Hall Bistro, expected to open in May, will serve dishes such as squid ink pasta and whole branzino. Its executive chef Don Flores has worked at notable restaurants Morimoto and Momofuku Ssam Bar, among others.

The interior of the restaurant is designed to "recapture the timeless elegance of the Adolphus," says a press release, with splashes of white subway tile and marble.

More to come on the menu and a more precise opening date. The Adolphus Hotel is located at 1321 Commerce St., Dallas.

For more restaurant news, check out guidelive.com/food-and-drink.

CORRECTION, 4 p.m. April 4, 2017: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that restaurant critic Leslie Brenner wrote the French Room story. It was special contributor Mark Vamos.

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