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Seasons 52, the Darden Restaurants concept in which every item on the menu comes in under 475 calories, will open its first outlet in Dallas at NorthPark Center this fall. It'll take over the space previously occupied by McCormick & Schmick's, which closed in April. This marks the second Seasons 52 in North Texas; the first opened in Plano, at the Shops at Legacy, in 2010. As the name implies, Seasons 52's menu changes four times a year. Signature dishes include flatbreads topped with steak and cremini mushrooms, and a quirky series of dessert puddings served in little glasses. Its wine list is notably nimble for a chain, with an ever-rotating roster and more than 52 wines by the glass. Seasons 52 debuted in 2003 and currently operates 22 restaurants in 13 states across the country. Seasons 52, NorthPark Center, 307 Northpark Center, Dallas, TX 75225, no phone available.
Named for one of his own country songs, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill opened a branch in Dallas, in the space that was formerly the AMC Grand theater at Northwest Highway and I-35. The 32,000-square-foot complex is a combination restaurant, sports bar and live-music venue-plus-dance floor, with a total capacity of 2,000 and restaurant seating for up to 800. The cuisine is decidedly downscale; along with burgers and chicken-fried steak, signature dishes include a fried bologna sandwich, fried pickles and fried Twinkies. Known for serving its beer and cocktails in Mason jars, the restaurant is open for lunch as well as dinner. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill, 10110 Technology Blvd. E., Dallas, TX 75220, 214-350-8629.
The Hotel Lumen, owned by Headington Cos. and managed by Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, will debut a new diner-inspired restaurant called The Front Room: A Park Cities Diner, by Tim McEneny of NL Group and chef Doug Brown. The menu will be modern American, with hand-crafted cocktails and an in-house espresso bar. To accommodate hotel guests, it'll serve three meals a day. The design by BOKA Powell will be retro-chic, with floor-to-ceiling windows, basalt flooring and walls, a modern Heath ceramic tile accent wall, and hanging globe lights to reflect the hotel's mid-century architecture and attitude. Located near Southern Methodist University, The Front Room is part of a multi-phase expansion at the Hotel Lumen that includes a three-story addition as well as an update of the existing 54 hotel guest rooms. The restaurant is slated to open in late summer 2012. The Front Room: A Park Cities Diner, Hotel Lumen, 6101 Hillcrest Ave., Dallas, TX 75205, 214-219-2400.
Gluten-free Pies at Russo's NY Coal-Fired Pizza
Russo's NY Coal-Fired Pizza is now offering gluten-free pies when ordering one of their 12-inch New York-style pizzas. Russo's NY Coal-Fired Pizza, 700 E. Campbell Rd., Ste. 100, Richardson, TX 75081, 972-235-7992.
Stephan Pyles is opening a new restaurant called Stampede 66, located in the new 17Seventeen McKinney office tower in Dallas's Uptown. Pyles calls it "modern Texas cuisine with an urban-ranch ambiance" and a Star Canyon vibe. Named for the country-Western dance hall in Pyles' hometown of Big Spring, the 7,500-square-foot restaurant will have eight sets of longhorns stampeding over the bar; there'll also be a taco bar, margarita/martini bar and wood-fire grill. The menu will incorporate cultural and ethnic influences from around Texas, including Southern, Mexican and Cowboy cuisines. Stampede 66 is set to open in late summer. Stampede 66, 17Seventeen McKinney, 1717 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75202, no phone available.
Nana, the iconic restaurant atop the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole hotel, closed on June 9 and will become a steakhouse called Sēr. Pronounced "sear," Sēr will offer prime grade beef cooked on a wood grill, plus seafood, unique appetizers and side dishes designed to differentiate it from the dozens of other steakhouses in Dallas. The chef will be Anthony Van Camp, who worked as executive sous chef for six years under Anthony Bombaci, Nana's executive chef; Bombaci has been promoted to hotel chef de cuisine. Nana first opened in 1984 and has been a platform for such celebrated chefs as Doug Brown and David McMillan. The restaurant will be remodeled with mesquite floors, leather fixtures and walnut tabletops. In addition, the kitchen will be given an exhibition-style open plan with an adjacent chef's table and wine display. Opening is slated for October 1. Nana, Hilton Anatole, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207, 214-761-7470.
McCormick & Schmick's, the swanky seafood restaurant in NorthPark Center, closed at the end of April 2012. McCormick & Schmick's, NorthPark Center, 307 NorthPark Ctr., Dallas, TX 75225, no phone.
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