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.