Arts District Dining

Casual cafe provides Dallas Arts District with desirable new option

Casual cafe provides Dallas Arts District with desirable new option

AT&T Performing Arts Center cafe and box office
The information center at AT&T Performing Arts Center will become Center Cafe. Photo by Carter Rose

Dallas Arts District patrons looking for a casual place to grab a bite before a show soon will have another option. The information center at AT&T Performing Arts Center is being transformed into the Center Cafe, an à la carte dining space offering snacks and light meals from morning until night.

Wolfgang Puck Catering (which also stocks the cafe at Nasher Sculpture Center) will provide the vittles, although a menu has yet to be announced. Center Cafe also will offer “premium” coffee drinks, as well as the all-important beer and wine.

“Our patrons have been looking for a comfortable space to grab something light on the way to work or enjoy a beverage and snack before a show,” says Doug Curtis, AT&T PAC president and CEO.

“With our beautiful park, architecture, and skyline as a backdrop, Center Cafe will be that place.”

That’s true. It does have a nice backdrop.

Diners can sit inside or out; umbrellas will protect them from the sun’s unrelenting rays. A lounge space will have sofas, coffee tables, and chairs. Free Wi-Fi remains, so you could do a little work on your laptop while you enjoy that premium coffee drink.

The information center closes on Monday, July 11. It’s projected to reopen by August 1. The existing coffee shop closed on July 1.

The box office ticketing operation will move into the Winspear Opera House on July 11. Hours are 10 am–6 pm and before performances. 

Center Cafe will be open weekdays, 7 am–7 pm, and weekends, 11 am–7 pm, on performance days only. 

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