2023 may be in full swing, but we still have plenty of new Dallas restaurant openings to look forward to. This July, Dallasites can expect new Tex-Mex on the Katy Trail, a ranch-to-fork concept, the former Highland Park Soda Fountain facade coming back to life. Later this summer will bring more sushi from the Shoyo team and a quesadilla-focused spot.
1914 Commerce Street (inside The Statler) – Now Open
At The Statler, Primo’s MX Kitchen & Lounge is out and a new steakhouse called LVI (56 in Roman numerals) is in starting this May. The new restaurant is named after the year the hotel opened its doors — 1956.
Chef Leo Morales is leading the contemporary spin on the classic steakhouse. There will be prime beef, bone-in Duroc pork chops, seafood, and salads on the menu.
3229 Knox Street – Now Open
Duro Hospitality (The Charles, Sister) debuts its fifth dining concept on Thursday, July 20. Located in the former Highland Park Soda Fountain on Knox Street, the new, upscale spot serves globally-inspired French and Italian dishes. Designed by Sees’ Ross and Corbin See, the space features “two contrasting designs” — one being light and the other dark (the old soda fountain vs. the new addition to the historic building). Similar to The Charles, the decor throughout the restaurant presents a regal feel. There are 38-foot ceilings, as well as massive columns, planters, chandeliers, and a show-stopping stairwell. The food menu includes canapés, pastas, appetizers like blue fin crudo, fish, steak, and dessert. As for the cocktail options, you’ll find the classics and a few signature drinks like Crime of Passion, Highland Park Pharmacy Penicillin, and King Charles II.
3100 McKinnon Street, Suite G100 – Now Open
The 13th dining concept from Harwood Hospitality Group, this new casual Tex-Mex spot will open near Katy Trail on Monday, July 24 (National Tequila Day, of course). Inspired by West Texas, the 10,000-square-foot space boasts an outdoor, dog-friendly patio, fire pits, social games, and a mural courtesy of Dallas-based design studio, Pickle Schmitt Co. Created by HHG’s Vice President of Culinary Taylor Kearney, the menu will feature Tex-Mex classics such as charred skirt steak fajitas, Baja fish tacos, and queso, as well as dishes like buffalo chicken flautas and a bone-in burrito.
And of course, there will be frozen and on-the-rocks margaritas to enjoy while overlooking the Katy Trail.
800 North Harwood Street – Now Open
Named after the late philanthropist Margaret McDermott, this ranch-to-fork spot led by chef Jonah Friedmann will be the main restaurant at the upcoming JW Marriott Dallas Arts District hotel. Debuting on Wednesday, July 26, Margaret’s will serve seasonally rotating dishes including locally sourced beef carpaccio, 72-hour hickory smoked prime bone-in beef short rib, Texas Iberico carbonara, and so much more. It will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
1806 Greenville Avenue
Opening in Lower Greenville on August 23, this new Italian restaurant comes from Dallasite Leigh Hutchinson. Inspired by her time in Florence, Italy, the Via Triozzi menu will feature seasonal antipasti, housemade pasta, steak, Italian wines, cocktails, and more.
2540 Elm Street
Coming to Deep Ellum’s The Epic later this year is a new speakeasy-style bar and restaurant from entrepreneur Hank Keller (of the Lights All Night music festival) and Super Bowl champion Remi Ayodele (a Dallas-Fort Worth native). Disguised from the sidewalk as an old-fashioned newsstand, the interior promises something far moodier and modern. Expect specialty cocktails, a full kitchen serving shareable tapas-style plates, and great music. Chef Rami Rassas (a former MasterChef contestant) is leading the kitchen.
2014 Greenville Avenue
Taking over the former Teppo space in Lower Greenville, Shoyo’s Jimmy Park is opening a more casual Japanese spot just down the street later this year. The intimate restaurant will seat around 30 to 40 people and will not require reservations like its sister spot.
Plomo Quesadilla Bar
1802 McMillan Avenue
Coming to Henderson Avenue (right next to Houndstooth) this August is an Arkansas-based quesadilla restaurant. Founded by Omar Kasim in 2020, Plomo is a late-night spot that offers specialty quesadillas like the popular Escobar with ribeye steak, El Chapo with chorizo, and Vasquez featuring Caribbean jerk chicken. Designed by Coeval Studios, a rendering for the new spot features an outdoor patio.
Let’s Ask Keith
3309 Elm Street
UNCO Management’s Elias Pope (Leela’s, HG Sply Co.) just debuted Tina’s Continental Bar in Deep Ellum’s Continental Gin Building. This September, Pope will be opening another new spot in the same building — a casual steakhouse named after his father, Let’s Ask Keith.
6221 E. Mockingbird Lane
Another new restaurant coming to East Dallas this winter, Birdie’s will be an Austin-style neighborhood beer garden from Jon Alexis. Having recently debuted Ramble Room as part of his new Imperial Fizz group, Alexis is on a roll this year. A former Luby’s, the space will feature a 7,000-square-foot outdoor patio. The indoor space features “a cathedral-pitched dining room and an adjoining indoor/outdoor “resort-style” bar.” The patio will be covered, as well as accompanied by AC and televisions. Designed by Hatsumi Kuzuu of kuzzu design, the interior features “distressed wood, custom beamed cathedral ceilings, ‘pew’-style benches and fun western art with a slight ‘cosmic country’ bent.” Custom Mexican tile and breezeblock was also sourced locally from East Dallas-owned Riad Tile. As for the food, guests can expect appetizers like wings, hummus, and flatbreads. There will also be sandwiches, burgers, pastas, and more.