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Top Chef beefs up lineup at trendy food hall coming to Plano

Top Chef beefs up lineup at trendy food hall coming to Plano

Pimento cheese burger at Knife restaurant in Dallas
There'll be burgers on the menu at Legacy Hall, the food hall opening in Plano in 2017.  Knife/Facebook

Legacy Hall, the European-style food hall in Plano, is a year away from opening, but it's already lining up restaurants right and left, with the latest being burgers. But not just any burgers — these are burgers from colorful Top Chef John Tesar.

Named for his steakhouse at the Highland Dallas hotel, the burger spot will be called Knife Burger, with a menu featuring many of the burgers for which Tesar has been known since the days of his burger restaurant The Commissary at One Arts Plaza.

That will include the Magic burger, served on an English muffin; the Ozersky, with American cheese; and the pimento cheese burger that's currently served at Knife, and which recently earned a spot on a recent "best burgers in Texas" list compiled by Texas Monthly.

Tesar also helped open a burger spot called The Royale Magnificent Burgers with Aphelia Group, owners of Oak and Pakpao, but that partnership ended in April.

The Food Hall Company’s first project, Legacy Hall, will span three stories, with about 55,000 square feet dedicated to the food hall, with more than 20 vendors in food stalls on the first floor. A fast-casual restaurant and terrace on the second floor will overlook a large live music stage and beer garden. A craft brewery and taproom will comprise the third floor.

"Randy DeWitt and I are recruiting the top restaurateurs and chefs from across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to be a part of Legacy Hall, which we custom-designed to be a one-of-a-kind food destination that also features a full-service craft brewery," says Jack Gibbons, president of The Food Hall Company.

Other chefs and concepts already announced include Andrew Chen of Monkey King Noodle Company, FT33's Matt McCallister, and Robert and Kaci Lyford of Patina Green.

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