Update July 17 at 4:02 p.m.: Hudson House in Park Cities is now open for happy hour and dinner. See the restaurant's food and drink menus below:
Dallasite Hunter Pond got his start in the restaurant business with sandwiches. Now, the founder of North Texas eatery East Hampton Sandwich Co. and Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree is building his first full-service restaurant.
Construction is currently underway at the site of the forthcoming Hudson House in University Park, a Northeastern-inspired joint Pond bills as "old-school casual" with an emphasis on classic American dishes and seafood. Pond, who serves CEO of Vandelay Hospitality Group, is opening the restaurant with his partners Kyle Brooks, Wes Freeman and Hank Keller. It's expected to debut in summer 2017.
Hudson House will be the group's first restaurant outside of East Hampton Sandwich Co., which now boasts six locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and two on the way. According to Pond, he's been sitting on the idea for a restaurant that offers similar ambiance and fare to the cozy neighborhood spots of New York's boroughs, but wanted to find an appropriate space.
"Biting off a full-service element of this business is going to be a lot to chew," he says, "so we were very patient."
The restaurant, located on Lovers Lane near the Dallas North Tollway, inhabits about 4,000 square feet of real estate that will house a traditional dining area as well as a "raw bar," where patrons can belly up and watch chefs build seafood towers out of East Coast oysters, lobsters, king crabs and clams -- "the stuff you generally see when you travel to the Northeast," Pond says.
Additionally, Hudson House will serve sandwiches, salads, burgers and entrees, such as Steak Diane and Clams Casino.
In the way of libations, Hudson House will have two cocktails on tap, in addition to modest beer and wine lists curated to pair well with oysters.
Though Pond has sandwich shops in Fort Worth, Southlake and Plano, he opted to root his latest venture in Dallas to serve the community where he grew up. (For those worried about parking in that area, Pond promises valet will be available.) If Hudson House is successful, though, he's not ruling out the possibility of expansion across the region.
"The Hudson House space is probably 200 to 300 yards from my childhood home, where my parents still live. I love this area," Pond says.
"If the economics make sense and the feedback from customers is what we hope to achieve, I’ll definitely look to expand."
Visit Hudson House at 4448 Lovers Ln. in Dallas.