The Knox-area Mediterranean restaurant Sangria Tapas y Bar has closed. According to a release from owner Alberto Lombardi, the restaurant closed on January 11 but will be replaced by another Lombardi concept that tackles a new cuisine heretofore not tackled by Lombardi: Asian.
Lombardi says the new concept will thrill diners, and he's bringing in a name brand to helm the kitchen: Michelin award-winning chef Richard Chen.
Prior to relocating to Dallas, Chen served as executive chef of Wing Lei at the Wynn Las Vegas. Voted "best Chinese restaurant" by Las Vegas Life, Wing Lei combines Chinese flavors with Western technique to create a singular dining experience.
Prior to Wing Lei, Chef Chen was chef de cuisine at Shanghai Terrace at The Peninsula Chicago where he earned critical acclaim for his signature "reverse fusion" style of cooking using Western ingredients and techniques in preparing Chinese classic dishes.
He's a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and also worked as a chef at the Ritz-Carlton in Chicago.
"I'm excited to share more details with you soon, but I can tell you now that Dallas and the Knox-Henderson and Park Cities neighborhoods are going to be very thrilled," Lombardi says. "This new turn will really maximize the potential of both the area and the space."
The new concept does not yet have a name but it does have an opening date: March.