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Historic Dallas Hotel’s Return from the Dead Lures a Beloved Chef

Six New Restaurants and Bars to be Part of $175 Million Rebirth

BY // 07.14.17
photography Courtesy of The Statler

After a decade-and-a-half of vacancy, iconic hotel and condo haven The Statler will make a grand return to Downtown Dallas this year. In addition to a completely renovated boutique hotel and residences (219 condos are planned), the property will also include six new food and drink venues.

The Statler partnered with Dallas-based company Epic F&B to conceptualize and operate the upcoming bars and restaurants, with local chef Graham Dodds set to serve as culinary director.

This is an interesting food team up. Epic F&B formed in 2016 as a collaboration between Turn the Table Hospitality and Plan B Group. Turn the Table is responsible for some of Dallas’ favorite restaurants, including Bolsa, The Foundry, The Theodore and Smoke. Plan B Group created successful brands such as Velvet Taco, Mexican Sugar, and Whiskey Cake.

Dodds, who was the original chef at Bolsa, will head all kitchen operations within The Statler. The local restaurant scene has missed the chef since he closed his beloved and surprisingly short-lived restaurant Wayward Sons earlier this year. Luckily, Dallas diners will soon have six new places to enjoy Dodds’ imaginative cuisine.

It’s all part of the $175 million renovation of an iconic hotel that originally opened as the Statler Hilton in 1956.

Here are the official details of the Statler’s upcoming food and drink venues, according to the hotel:

OVEREASY – serving farm-to-table breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and featuring a gourmet coffee bar, counter seating and patio on Commerce Street overlooking Main Street Gardens.

SCOUT – a 12,000 square foot social space offering a scratch American menu with shareable items and craft beer on tap. Scout will feature live music, flat screen televisions, four bowling lanes, four Ping-Pong tables, billiards tables and foosball.

FINE CHINA – a full-service lunch and dinner Pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail bar, featuring sake, Japanese whiskies, high tea, communal seating, private rooms and weekend DJs.

BOURBON & BANTER – underground cocktail lounge with an extensive bourbon and whiskey library, and craft cocktails; Open from 4 p.m. until late.

WATERPROOF – a poolside roof deck bar & lounge, situated on the 19th- floor, offering 360-degree panoramic views, weekend DJs, resort-style service and craft cocktails.

GRAND BALLROOM – a nearly 12,000 square foot flexible space that hopes to play host to A-list concerts, large-scale events, and emerge as one of downtown’s premiere wedding destination. This ballroom is a historic space. Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Michael Jackson all performed here in the past.

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