Tuesday, August 13, 2013 , Updated 12:00 p.m., December 16, 2013
Green House food truck team will open restaurant inside NorthPark, with arty twist
The Green House truck will be on hiatus during construction.
DALLAS NorthPark's historic commitment to form and function will expand this fall with the addition of a new art-conscious restaurant by the team behind Green House food truck. Chef Ben Hutchison and owners Robyn and Michael Siegel will drop anchor in 3,300 square feet (that's not including patio space) and open Green House Market in a space on the second level adjacent to the AMC Theater, next to Urban Outfitters.
[UPDATE: Green House Market opened December 13.]
NorthPark is of course home to major works of 20th century art, as was the vision of its developer Raymond Nasher. Green House Market aims to epitomize this consciousness with a rotating art program featuring national and local artists among its minimalist design.
The buzz word is "clean": "clean lines and clean food," said Michael Siegel. His focus is high-quality ingredients and healthful combinations such as quinoa tabouli or seared tuna citrus aioli and micro-greens.
The new restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with more options than the food truck. Some meals will be easy to grab-and-go, but guests can also grab a seat in the spacious restaurant, whether that means on the patio, in the lounge with free Wi-Fi, or in the main dining room. From the dining room, patrons can see out onto Center Court, according to a press release.
There will also be a coffee bar from Blue Bottle Coffee, plus fresh pressed juice and a dry goods market with jams, sauces, chips, and condiments for purchase.
The artwork focuses on sophistication in simplicity, the owners explained. A fine art adviser, Robyn Siegel curated the rotating collection with pieces that she said "play with the idea of form in design and food" both literally and thematically. For instance, an installation by Sean Kennedy utilizes kitchen equipment and staples, and a photography exhibition by Walead Beshty features photographs of dead malls. "These have never been exhibited before as printed photographs," Siegel said. "They're a real gem."
Some artwork will be site-specific, such as a sculptural canopy by Jason Meadows meant to feel like a continuation of the clouds visible from the space's windows. "Overall, Robyn created a program with a nod to NorthPark's program of important contemporary art in social space," Siegel said.
Plans for opening festivities are in the works and will be announced closer to November 1. According to Siegel, the Green House truck will be on hiatus as the restaurant opens but will return in the "not-too-distant future."
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