Deep Ellum Dining

Deep Ellum restaurant incubator decides to make it a permanent thing

Deep Ellum restaurant incubator decides to make it a permanent thing

Kitchen LTO
Korean duck leg is on the menu at Junction Craft Kitchen in Deep Ellum. Photo by Kevin Marple

Dallas can say goodbye to the idea of the rotating restaurant. Kitchen LTO will now become Junction Craft Kitchen and will open on May 4 in the old Kitchen LTO space in Deep Ellum, at 2901 Elm St.

Casie Caldwell and chef Josh Harmon have partnered to open the new restaurant serving dinner and weekend brunch.

Kitchen LTO was in its seventh iteration with Caldwell's seasoned front-of-house team supporting chef Harmon. The collaboration worked so well that they decided to make it a permanent thing, Caldwell says.

"I knew in the first week of opening Deep Ellum that I wanted to find a way to help Josh have a permanent restaurant space when he left LTO," she says in a release. "We decided to keep this great location and bid farewell to LTO. Junction Craft Kitchen was then born."

Capturing Harmon's love of Southern and Asian cooking, Junction Craft Kitchen will serve many of the dishes that were served at Kitchen LTO. We are talking Brussels sprouts with fish sauce caramel, hot fried chicken, and Korean sticky duck leg.

New dishes include Korean braised beef, boudin po bao, and family-style miso pork belly with steamed buns. An arugula salad sounds good with radish, peanut butter Ritz, peas, and peri peri. There's a poached carrot dish with an elaborate retinue that includes whey and koji, carrot top kosho, and dehydrated okra.

Brunch features playful dishes such as Captain Crunch parfait, kimchi frittata, and fried green tomato Benedict. Desserts will come from Harmon's mother and sisters and includes five-flavor crumble cake, Texas sheet cake, and daily pies.

Former Komali bartender Leann Berry will lead the bar program.

Harmon was born in Tennessee, raised in Texas, and graduated high school in Los Angeles. When he returned to Texas in 2012, he worked at the Milk & Honey Co. and Grace in Fort Worth, Savor in Dallas, and Main Street Bistro & Bakery in Grapevine. Most importantly (to us), he was a finalist in the 2017 Tastemaker Awards for Rising Star Chef. It doesn't get any better than that.

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