This is the biggest news to hit the Dallas dining scene in many moons: José Andrés, one of the most exciting and talented chefs in the United States, plans to open a restaurant in the Entertainment District at the Star, the Cowboys' new campus in Frisco.
The restaurant, Zaytinya, is an outpost of André's 14-year old Mediterranean restaurant in Washington, D.C., which features Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines. His ThinkFoodGroup is partnering with Turkey-based d.ream (Dogus Restaurant Entertainment and Management) on the project. Zaytinya is one of 11 new restaurants that have just been announced for the Entertainment District, joining seven others previously announced. Most are second or third outposts of existing Dallas restaurants.
I've been pretty blown away by dinners at a couple of Andrés' restaurants in recent years, Minibar in Washington, D.C., and Bazaar by José Andrés in Los Angeles. You thought the global dining scene in the northern suburbs was heating up? Now it's boiling.
Andrés has been in the news recently because president-elect Donald Trump is suing him and another restaurateur, Geoffrey Zakarian, for breach of contract after they pulled out of agreements to open restaurants in Trump's Washington, D.C. hotel. The chefs pulled out of the deal following Trump's comments in June 2015 in which he referred to Mexican immigrants as drug dealers and rapists.