A few decades ago, Dallas wasn’t much to write home about in terms of a dining scene. Fast forward to the present, and the city is booming with some of the country’s most exciting and globally-minded places to eat. For those thinking about opening a restaurant in the Big D, we rounded up some of the city’s top spots and spoke to their teams about what makes a successful restaurant in Dallas, from the cultural considerations to the legal nitty gritty.
Dallas is teeming with culture, nightlife, and most importantly, an appetite for dining out. “Dallas eats out like crazy,” says Megan Santonicola, General Manager of Cane Rosso, a wood-fired Neapolitan pizza spot with locations around the city. “They know food and they are open to trying new things.”
While much of America is still recovering from the 2008 financial crisis, Texas—and particularly Dallas—remained pretty immune to the crash, says Jessica Harp, General Manager of Bolsa (a Spanish-inspired restaurant), meaning the interest in dining out has stayed pretty steady. These days, the economy is better than ever, and the city is receiving a steady influx of development capital, according to Richard Ellman, owner of the Apheleia Restaurant Group in Dallas. “The restaurant boom just hasn’t stopped,” says Harp. “I don’t foresee the dining scene in Dallas slowing down anytime soon—there are new restaurants opening every week and people love it.”
In fact, a survey conducted by Zagat revealed that Dallas-ites dine out an average of 4.9 times per week—one of the highest frequencies in the country. “People understand quality and will pay for it on both the food and beverage side,” Ellman says. [Read more…]