From a new Italian spot from the team behind Shinsei to fresh concepts from buzzy local chefs, these are the seven new Dallas restaurants we’re most excited about this summer.
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7709 Inwood Road
This new Italian restaurant from Shinsei owners Lynae Fearing and Tracy Moore Kathbun is expected to open this summer. Taking over the former Fireside Pies space on Inwood Road, Dea (“goddess” in Italian) will serve house-made pasta, pizza, and other traditional dishes.
Darna Mediterranean Market
7700 Windrose Avenue (Legacy West), Plano
A new Mediterranean restaurant, bar, and market is taking over the former Barnes & Noble space at Legacy West. Darna, which means “Our House” in Arabic, comes from Yaser Khalaf, owner of Uptown Dallas’ Baboush (Yela Concepts). The new eatery is set to open this summer with a Turkish coffee bar, full-service bar, deli, and expansive outdoor patio. Diners can expect mezze, souvlaki, meat boards, and more. The decor will feature Middle Eastern elements, as well as North African and coastal Mediterranean interiors.
1602 Market Center Boulevard
Also opening this summer is prolific chef Nick Badovinus‘ new, intimate modern continental cuisine restaurant in the Design District. The new 12-table spot is taking over the former Kings Cabaret strip club, but will be revamped for a luxury dining experience.
Montes Modern Charhouse
4511 McKinney Avenue
A new upscale restaurant going into the former Abacus (and then briefly, Jasper’s Uptown) location in the Knox Street area, Montes is a steakhouse from Refined Hospitality Concepts. Led by executive chef Jason Tilmann, the charhouse will focus on steaks and veggies seared on a Montague charbroiler, according to the Dallas Morning News.
409 N. Zang Street
The owners of two popular Oak Cliff haunts (Oddfellows and Revelers Hall) are crafting something new in the former Chan Thai space. Parts brewpub, coffee shop, bakery, and deli, Jackuval is a riff on “Jack-of-All-Trades.”
5629 SMU Boulevard
Dallas chef Julian Barsotti is at it again. Weeks after opening his latest Tex-Mex concept, Odelay, in Inwood Village, the chef is debuting a dive bar with classic bites on SMU Boulevard. Called Goodbye Horses, it will serve elevated versions of bar foods like burgers, tacos, and po’boys.
4113 Lomo Alto Drive
Another Julian Barsotti concept, this new, intimate Italian bar-restaurant will open next to the chef’s popular Italian restaurant Nonna in Highland Park this summer. Going into the former Strictly Tabu space, the new spot is a homage to the jazz bar that was there for 40 years. Bacari Tabu will bring back the jazz and pizza to the neighborhood.