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Uptown Dallas’ hottest new development lures hip restaurant to Texas

Uptown Dallas’ hottest new development lures hip restaurant to Texas

cheddar popovers
The Henry is known for its cheddar popovers. Photo courtesy of The Henry
Warm salmon salad
The Henry's warm salmon salad is as good as it looks. Photo courtesy of The Henry
Union Dallas rendering
The Union Dallas is projected to open in 2018. Rendering courtesy of RED Development
cheddar popovers
Warm salmon salad
Union Dallas rendering

Everything's on a first-name basis at the Union Dallas, the big residential-office-retail project being built in Uptown.

The residential part has a cute new name: "The Christopher." And Christopher will have a bro' friend called The Henry, a new restaurant from Fox Restaurants, the Phoenix-based company that's parent to 15 concepts including True Food Kitchen, the healthy eatery that has a branch in Preston Center.

First announced in May 2014, The Union is a mixed-use project with office, residential, and retail at Field Street and Cedar Springs Road.

Dallas getting The Henry is big: It'll be the first location outside Phoenix. "The Henry is a true reflection of everything we stand for, from innovative food to creating a gathering place where the community can come together," says Fox Restaurants founder Sam Fox.

The Henry is cast as the "greatest neighborhood restaurant," an all-day deal open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It offers a full coffee bar that opens daily at 6:30 am (complete with a La Marzocco espresso machine), and there's a pickup window for coffee, pastries, and more. By "and more," we mean doughnuts with special flavors such as thin mint.

The menu is comfort food with a twist, simple but hearty, with chopped salads, burgers, a steak sandwich, whipped Brie toast, and a popular cheddar popover appetizer. There are flights of wine.

There's also a brunch, with notably creative options such as an egg-white turkey omelet, brûléed grapefruit, coffee cake, caramel apple French toast, and a Bloody Mary cart where they make your drink table-side with infused vodkas and lots of custom ingredients.

Decor is "industrial and classic," with a large open dining space and "warm and interesting accents" in every corner.

Photos on the restaurant's Facebook page telegraph a young, hipster vibe, which is to say that no one in the photos looks to be over 30. There's an old-school marquee-style sign that people pose next to, and there are many, many photos of bicycles.

Red Development is leading the overall design, development, and construction of the two-tower mixed-use project, with 417,000 square feet of office space and 87,000 square feet of retail space. StreetLights Residential is leading the design and development of the 23-floor residential tower, offering 309 luxury apartment homes.

Two professional services firms have already signed on: Vinson & Elkins, one of the nation’s largest law firms, and Weaver, the largest independent accounting firm in the Southwest. The complex, which is scheduled to open in 2018, will also be home to a Tom Thumb.

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