The Bob behind Bob's Steak and Chop House in Dallas is back. Founder Bob Sambol partnered with chef James Rose on The Hall Bar & Grill, a place they describe as a "saloon" serving steak in West Dallas' Trinity Groves complex.
The owners want The Hall to be a go-to hangout for steak and casual service.
"I never considered opening this place and not serving steak," Sambol says. He and Rose are no longer affiliated with Bob's Steak and Chop House but took a good amount of inspiration from their 15 years there.
The Hall serves unfussy food such as spinach and artichoke dip ($13), a corned beef sandwich ($13) and mashed potatoes and asparagus (both $5). Of course, The Hall also serves glazed carrots, which are a signature at Bob's. ("I opened [Bob's] steakhouse and everybody talked about the carrots," Sambol says, laughing. They're his mom's recipe.)
Steaks at The Hall, all prime cuts, range from $25 to $39.
Pictures of college football players contribute to The Hall's masculinity. Many of the frames are purposely empty so that anyone from Dallas-Fort Worth who played college ball can bring in his photo and hang it next to Roger Staubach or Jerry Jones.
Chef-owner Rose was one of Sambol's first chefs at Bob's, and the two seem thrilled to be working together again. They recalled the first three years at the steakhouse, in the early '90s, when business was "spiraling downward -- fast," Sambol says. After his chef duties, Rose says he vacuumed the carpet to help cut costs. It was only after Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer started eating at Bob's regularly in the '90s that it quickly became one of Dallas' most popular steakhouses.
The essence of Bob's Steak and Chop House is all over The Hall.
Sambol hasn't opened his own restaurant in years; he was hit with 10 years of probation in 2011 for felony theft of $300,000 and has been building restaurants in Trinity Groves for the past several years. In opening The Hall, Sambol and Rose seem to find so many parallels, in food and atmosphere, to their old spot Bob's.
"It feels just like the good ol' days at Bob's," Sambol said of opening night at The Hall.
See The Hall's steaks and stacked-high desserts:
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