Tallywackers -- Dallas' stripped-down, male version of Hooters -- and Roux Bistro have just one thing in common: an address. Tallywackers closed and Roux Bistro has opened in that spot at 4218 Lemmon Ave. in Dallas.
You'd never know that address used to employ shirtless waiters.
The new (and unaffiliated) Roux Bistro is a Mediterranean seafood restaurant. It has some Louisiana flair, too, co-owner Theodore Koutsogeorgas says.
You may recognize his name: Koutsogeorgas grew up in Greece, moved to Texas in the late '70s and has owned or operated several restaurants, seafood place Theodore's as probably his best-known. In a 1994 Dallas Morning News review, author Kim Pierce complimented Koutsogeorgas' namesake restaurant and its swordfish, dolmas and spanakopita, saying, "it would be difficult to improve on Theodore's."
At Roux Bistro, Koutsogeorgas and his partners renovated the space, removed the stage and opened up the kitchen so diners can see in. There's also a chef's bar table for those who want to sit up close and watch cooks shuck oysters.
The chef de cuisine is Jose Gutierrez. His branzino and blackened red fish are some of the standout menu items, if you ask Koutsogeorgas.
Roux Bistro is now open at 4218 Lemmon Ave., Dallas. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.