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Downtown Dallas restaurant French Room tries for fine dining comeback

Downtown Dallas restaurant French Room tries for fine dining comeback

The French Room
Look for more gilding when the French Room reopens in 2017. Photo courtesy of the Adolphus

After a mid-2016 closure, the French Room, the old-timey special-occasion restaurant at the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas, will reopen in 2017 and has appointed a new chef. It's a name that has become familiar to Dallas diners: Michael Ehlert, who was most recently at the Front Room Tavern.

In addition to the French Room, Ehlert will oversee a new bar outside of the dining room called the French Room Bar and Salon, which will serve cocktails and shareable plates.

The French Room is getting a remodel as part of an overall update of the hotel, which also includes the addition of a spa, salon, and fitness facility. The restaurant is getting replastered walls, gilded Louis XVI-style chairs, and restored Murano glass chandeliers. The menu will draw upon French culinary traditions and methodology with a fresh sensibility, including table-side flourishes and a comprehensive wine program.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Ehlert was at DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York before relocating to Dallas. Since 2011, he's been at Front Room Tavern at Hotel Lumen, Hibiscus, Campo Modern Country Bistro, and the Chesterfield bar.

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