Global hospitality empire Major Food Group (founded by Jeff Zalaznick, Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi) has expanded its celebrated Carbone to Dallas’ Design District. “Carbone was made for Dallas and its dynamic, worldly community, so it is a thrill to finally share this legendary restaurant with such an extraordinary city—and there’s much more to come,” says Zalaznick. In just 10 years, Major Food Group has pioneered a celebratory style of dining at its portfolio of over 30 restaurants, bars, private clubs and hotels across the globe.
While the ambiance and design elements, courtesy of design visionary Ken Fulk, are signature to the success of Carbone, the food is truly a top priority. Carbone Dallas will offer signature dishes like the rigatoni in vodka sauce, veal chop parmesan and Caesar salad prepared tableside, with a few seasonal items mixed in.
The opulent, Venetian-inspired space showcases the grandeur of a palazzo layered with a heavy dose of mid-century swagger and unapologetic luxury. One special design element, unique to Dallas, is a highly intimate yet over-the-top lounge accessed through the dining room. “Carbone Dallas was designed to raise the bar for dining out,” says Fulk. “Crafted with an old world elegance, it’s utterly glamorous and filled with big doses of high style. Soon to be the spot to see and be seen, it’s the perfect match for a city that’s known for grand gestures.”
Located in the Renaissance Hotel Saint Elm, Toussaint Brasserie is now open from Dallas-based owner and creator John Kirtland. The ingredient-driven menu features French staples such as moules frites, steak tartare, poulet roti and lobster thermidor. “We’ve created a modern interpretation of the French brasserie cuisine that adorned Paris, New Orleans and Vietnam at the turn of the century and pays homage to the traditional cooking of these famed culinary destinations,” says Kirtland. Complementing the food menu, a robust cocktail and wine menu is on offer. Designed by Droese Raney (José, Mirador and Park House), the wood and marble 3,200-square-foot space in a palette of blue, gray and caramel speaks to the traditional brasseries of Paris and New Orleans. “We created Toussaint as a place we’d actually like to visit with friends, for date night or pop in for a quick lunch ourselves. It’ll offer Dallas and visitors alike a spirited downtown destination for French comfort food made with high-quality ingredients, a lively soundtrack and well-crafted cocktails in a comfortable setting,” says Kirtland.
Next door to the newly-opened Major Food Group restaurant Carbone is Carbone Vino, the brand’s new casual-yet-elegant wine bar, serving pizzas, handmade pastas, charcuterie boards and decadent gelato.
When guests walk into the thoughtfully designed, newly opened Nuri Grill in Koreatown, which features interactive grills at each table, they will feel transported. Wan Kim, a native Korean and current Dallas resident, was inspired by his lifelong passion for food and business. Kim tasked Minji Kim, a Michelin-recognized Korean chef, and her lead chef and husband, Ben Lee, with creating a menu that allows Dallas residents to sample superior Korean-inspired cuisine in a relaxed setting. The menu uses high-quality ingredients and adds an elevated twist to traditional Asian-American foods such as kimchi fried rice, Korean-style short rib and hand-breaded sweet chicken. The experiential aspect of the 4,000-square-foot restaurant starts at the tables. The space seats 108 people and aims to bring its guests together as they savor new flavors and experiences. Each table has a grill in the middle that can be used by the servers to prepare the premium meats while diners watch in awe, or guests can choose to cook their own food for an even more interactive meal. Nuri Grill brings an intimate dining experience laced with culinary adventure to Dallas for the ultimate meal.
Mexico City-inspired restaurant Atípico has opened at the Union Dallas mixed-use development. Spanish for “atypical,” Atípico was founded in Mexico in 2018 by Claudia de Murga and serves crowd pleasers like salmon and three-cheese mac and cheese.
SusieCakes bakery has opened its third location in East Dallas’ historic Hillside Village shopping center. Just like her grandmothers Mildred and Madeline, who inspired the brand, SusieCakes founder Susan Sarich never uses any mixes, artificial preservatives, high-fructose corn syrups or trans-fats in the bakery’s recipes. The bakery is best known for its classic Vanilla Celebration Cake, custom-decorated cakes and cupcakes.
Coupes, a new champagne-driven bar concept, has arrived at the Shops of Highland Park. With a sophisticated French flair influenced by the local Texan spirit, guests can enjoy a variety of sparkling and non-sparkling wines, craft cocktails and light Parisian-inspired bites. Coupes was founded by champagne enthusiasts looking to share their love of wine and bring this elegant new concept to Dallas.