Thursday, June 7, 2012 , Updated 12:05 p.m., July 12, 2012
UPDATED: Owners of Campo and Oak to open Bowery, a hot dog restaurant in Uptown Dallas
Will open in mid-July.
Campo co-owner John Paul Valverde has partnered with Oak owners Richard and Tiffanee Ellman to develop the Lumi space into a fast-casual restaurant where the price point will be low -- $6 to $11 -- with cocktails and craft beer.
"The focus is on local ingredients, but bringing it to a more approachable, more casual restaurant," Valverde said. "Our focus is always going to be food. It'll be the same thing we do at Campo, the same thing at Oak, but a little easier to approach and at a different price point as well. We want to show that you don't have to pay a lot of money to get quality food."
Valverde said that they are still finalizing the name and the menu, and they're also preparing a drink menu, too.
"We're using our experience with our restaurants and figuring out what works," he said. "It'll be fun, with the food and drink priced from $6 to $11 as well premium liquors and craft beers. It'll be fun and surprising."
Hmmm, "fun and surprising," and priced at only $6 to $11, what could it be? Not tacos, Valverde says, out of respect to Urban Taco next door. Burgers, maybe? Except that Valverde and Ellman seem too creative for that. Besides, they're saying "surprising," and burgers are way too obvious. What other cuisines can be done with local ingredients for $10 and under? Suspense!
Valverde and the Ellmans found they worked well together when Valverde's Coevál Studio, the restaurant-design company he owns with partner Miguel Vicéns, worked on the construction of Oak. Valverde had a connection to the Lumi space since he and Vicéns had worked on its construction and design.
"When we built Oak, Richard and I hit it off, so we decided to do a venture together," Valverde says. "Lumi represented the right opportunity in the right area to do what we want to do. We're doing a lot of it in-house, and that includes brokering the deal, which I negotiated myself."
They plan to open by the end of July.
"Our timetable is 45 days or less," Valverde says. "We want to bring good food options to Uptown and not focus on drinking. Not four-star dining but we do want to bring good food that people can enjoy."
UPDATE: The official release has arrived. The restaurant's name is Bowery, and it will specialize in hot dogs. "It takes the quintessential American favorite, dignifies the ingredients, modernizes the presentation and brings forth innovative and exciting renditions of the hot dog. The menu is a blend of both global and traditional recipes from the Chicago and Korn Dog to the Dutchman and Royal Wagyu. Sausages are hand-made, grass fed (where applicable), and organic; buns are baked daily. The restaurant will also serve malts and shakes, and "champagne cocktails and beer cocktails" such as the Blueberry Foam, Pale Ginger, and Champagne Sangria.
The name is a tribute to the hot dog's roots in the 1860's in the Bowery district in New York City. Bowery is at 3407 McKinney Avenue, and will be open late: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.
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