DALLAS Chef Stephan Pyles said he and his partners plan to open an “international small plates” restaurant called Samar in downtown Dallas in September.
Pyles, one of the Southwest-cuisine pioneers at the now-closed Routh Street Cafe and at his current Stephan Pyles restaurant in Dallas, said the 70-seat restaurant will feature the cuisines of India, Spain and the Eastern Mediterranean. He said he is targeting a check average of $25 to $30 per person, excluding beverages, in the 2,800-square-foot space on Ross Avenue in the city's Arts District. A 35-seat terrace will overlook downtown and feature a hookah lounge.
His partners are George Majdalani and Michael Welch. Pyles has hired Vijay Sadhu as executive chef.
“Samar” is Arabic for late-night conversations, especially those softly spoken between lovers. The new restaurant's design will feature Moroccan, Turkish and Indian patterns and detailing, with jewel tones in paprika, saffron and chartreuse.