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DFW upscale dining

Eastwind | Sep 24, 2008 12:28 PM

I wanted to get a general feeling on the Dallas/Fort Worth dining market. I know that the area has quite of bit of wealth splashing around (recently saw an article it's the millionaire's capital of the country) and they love to eat out. I know the metroplex gets picked on for being such a "chain" place, but it does seem like it's getting a lot of attention from the higher-end outposts of celebrity chefs. You have the usual stable of the high-end restaurants, from Fearing's, The Mansion (I see it lost it's fifth diamond last year), The French Room, Abacus, The Dining Room at Hotel St. Germain, The Pyramid Grill, the steakhouses, among others. Recently, Nobu, Charlie Palmer at the Joule, and craft landed in the city in the last few years. Wolfgang Puck plans to take over the restaurant space at the top of Reunion Tower to open in December/January. However, Il Mulino New York and BLT Steak outposts failed. Why did II Mulino NY and BLT Steak fail, but the others didn't. Is Dallas/Fort Worth really that kind of place that is desirable to the high-end, celebrity chef-driven outposts? With two plan luxury hotel chains planning to set foot in the city, St. Regis and Mandarin Oriental, I suspect we'll see two more high-end restaurants that will create waves.

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