Monday, November 30, 2009
UPDATED: Beloved institution Green Room restaurant to re-open in Deep Ellum
And cross your fingers, Club Dada too.
DEEP ELLUM Dallas foodies who are still lamenting the 2006 closure of The Green Room in Dallas' Deep Ellum district can stop their sobbing: A collective of Dallas Business Types are planning to re-open the restaurant in
It gets better: They plan to re-open Club Dada, too.
Running the kitchen will be two noted Green Room alums: chef Mike Smith, who was a sous chef during the Chris Pyun days, and who was most previously executive chef at 2900; and James Pitzer, who worked with chef Marc Cassel and who is moving back from Washington state to rejoin the Green Room team.
The collective is fronted by Taylor Allday, one of the Green Room's original investors; and spear-headed by Zenon Oprysk, former Green Room general manager and an ex-manager at Trees and Gypsy Tea Room.
"Our development group is executing a lease on the Green Room and we're working on Club Dada," Oprysk confirms. "We saw that lease rates were low and hoped to re-open and get ahead of the curve."
They're counting on the fact that people's good feelings about the Green Room linger.
"The restaurant went out with such good will, there's no reason why that couldn't be the spark that sets off a revival in the neighborhood," he says. "The cut-off fatigue shorts and black converse sneakers, those days of Deep Ellum are gone. The neighborhood is ready to mature a bit, and we're going to try to have a hand in that. We'll renovate the deck, make it more weather friendly. But we'd like to bring back what we think is one of the coolest things, that at the Green Room, you got a certain level of food or service but were charged one or two notches lower."
As for Club Dada, they envision the same kind of synchronicity that the Green Room once had with Trees.
"The Green Room and Club Dada working together would be more powerful than alone," he says. "There's any number of ways for those two places to interact."
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