A wagyu bone-in steak from Al Biernat's steakhouse, on Friday, Sept. 02, 2016 in Dallas. Ben Torres/Special Contributor

A wagyu bone-in steak from Al Biernat's steakhouse, on Friday, Sept. 02, 2016 in Dallas. Ben Torres/Special Contributor

Ben Torres/Special Contributor

Dallas restaurateur Al Biernat, famous for hosting famous people for nearly 20 years at his self-titled steakhouse on Oak Lawn in Dallas, has opening a second restaurant.

Al Biernat's North begins serving dinner Oct. 18 in the Addison area.

Long ago, Al Biernat was at Dallas' famed The Palm restaurant, which has since closed. It's safe to say Biernat knows "everybody."

Long ago, Al Biernat was at Dallas' famed The Palm restaurant, which has since closed. It's safe to say Biernat knows "everybody."

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As the name suggests, the steakhouse is located north of the original. You know this beefy address: It's the former home of Del Frisco's Steakhouse, which has since shuttered, split and grown, now in Uptown Dallasin Plano's Legacy West and in Fort Worth.

There must be a lot of secrets in the walls at 5251 Spring Valley Road, where Del Frisco's was. And there'll be a lot more to come, given Al Biernat's reputation as a hospitable host for the rich and famous. 

"I've wanted to open a second location for years, but I just needed to find the perfect space," Biernat said in a statement about his restaurant that will house 8,000 bottles of wine. It's been in the works for quite some time. He glowingly calls it "one of the most extraordinary dining spaces in the entire state."

It was a giant restaurant already, with multiple rooms fit for lavish dinner parties, business or not. After renovations, the restaurant now has more windows, some "dramatic design elements" and a piece of art we can't wait to see: a photograph by David Yarrow called "Carnivore," of a prowling lion. We are him. He is us. Welcome to Texas, the land of carnivores.

Know these names if you go: The GM is Eddie Althaus. The chef who is the boss of the other chefs is Anthony Van Camp. The executive chef is Pedro Ortiz. 

But the guy, if you need one? His name's on the building.

5251 Spring Valley Road, Dallas (Addison area). Dinner only starting Oct. 18. Lunch comes in November, according to a publicist. 972-239-3400.

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