One of Plano's most interesting new restaurants, Sixty Vines, is heading to the big city. Justin Beam, general manager at Sixty Vines in Plano, confirmed the company will open a restaurant and wine bar on the grounds of the Crescent.
The Crescent has gotten a nearly $65-million upgrade -- the development's first big facelift since it opened in 1986, says Dallas Morning News business reporter Steve Brown.
The high-end hotel and its attached shops, once bourgeois but a little boring, have received a significant jolt from new tenants.
Today, the Crescent is the lauded home of Dallas' only Shake Shack. On most sunny afternoons, the line extends out the door while Texans wait for burgers and milkshakes made famous in New York City.
The Crescent also now has an Ascension Coffee -- a popular Dallas cafe that turns into a wine bar at night -- and a Starbucks. There's also Moxie's Grill and Bar, a casual spot operated by Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi that goes big on happy hour and late-night drink specials.
[UPDATE on March 6: The Crescent also announced that East Hampton Sandwich Co. will open at the complex, in place of Au Bon Pain.
"The Crescent building is such an iconic fixture in Dallas and really serves as the cornerstone for the Uptown area. Pairing our two brands is a natural fit, and we look forward to opening in early summer," says founder Hunter Pond.]
If you know the Crescent to be a fancy hotel accessible to the 1 percent, its current operators seem to be trying to make it much more hip.
When the Crescent opened in 1986, it was one of the most expensive real estate developments built in Dallas.
The inclusion of Sixty Vines means the Crescent will likely continue to attract a clientele of stylish foodies who don't want to spend hundreds at dinnertime. The West Plano original serves wines by the tap -- for reasonable prices, no less -- and a fun menu that doesn't feel exclusive. Our restaurant critic Leslie Brenner says she'd "enthusiastically recommend" Sixty Vines.
EscapeHatch reports that the Sixty Vines going into the Crescent will replace the Palomino. In early February, a manager at the Palomino denied any impending closure. Calls to the restaurant later in February.
[UPDATE: A spokeswoman says Palomino will close March 8.]
Sixty Vines is expected to open in fall 2017.