Exterior of 400 S. Record, formerly the Belo Building, in downtown Dallas on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News)

Exterior of 400 S. Record, formerly the Belo Building, in downtown Dallas on Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News)

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If you've driven by Union Station, the Omni hotel or The Dallas Morning News in downtown Dallas anytime recently, it's hard to miss a new restaurant under construction, covered in gold scales and jutting out of the second story of the high-rise at 400 Record Street.

That's Bullion, the French brasserie from one of Dallas' best-known chefs, Bruno Davaillon. He's the former top toque at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek; he left the legendary Dallas restaurant to open a restaurant that's truly his.

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Bullion is Davaillon's take on a brasserie, sort of: "When I talk about brasserie, I talk about the vibe and energy I want in there," he explains.

The food will be French, but it'll reflect the evolution of French cuisine over the past 20 years, Davaillon explains. "If you go to Paris right now, or France in general ... chefs do more casual and a less formal environment, but they do great food," he explains. "That is what I will try to do here: Some really great food, but still approachable. And a more casual, more fun vibe."

The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, with lunch running about $35 per person and dinner at $75 to $80, including wine, he says.

Downstairs, in the lobby of the former Belo Building, Davaillon's team will also operate a small stand called BTG, or Bullion To Go: a shop that sells grab 'n go sandwiches, salads and breakfast items.

Bullion is expected to open in mid September at 400 Record St., Dallas. (It was slated to open earlier in 2017, but the construction project -- which involved gutting the building, designing a new lobby, and adding Bullion, our Steve Brown reports -- took longer than expected.) 

Bullion, seen here in gold, is part of the construction project at 400 Record St. in Dallas. Bullion is a French restaurant from chef Bruno Davaillon.

Bullion, seen here in gold, is part of the construction project at 400 Record St. in Dallas. Bullion is a French restaurant from chef Bruno Davaillon.

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