At long last an opening date has been secured for Yard House, a new restaurant going into Village on the Parkway in Addison: October 29.
Yard House is the "modern public house" entry from Darden Concepts, with more than 130 beers on tap, including a rotating lineup of seasonal and limited selections on the "chalkboard series." Each beer is delivered perfectly chilled via miles of overhead steel and nylon beer lines to the central island bar. A glass-enclosed keg room is kept at a constant 34-36 degrees. The beer list will feature 24 selections from Texas breweries, including Deep Ellum, Real Ale and Lakewood.
"North Dallas is a great market for Yard House," said Yard House president Craig Carlyle, who already seems to understand the confusing black hole between Dallas and Addison that the Village on the Parkway represents. "We chose Village on the Parkway because of the strong mix of retail, dining and entertainment options. We look forward to introducing Yard House's distinctive beer and food offerings to Addison."
The heart of Yard House is the exhibition kitchen, where more than 100 items are prepared from scratch. The menu is American with globally inspired flavors, with salads, tacos, burgers, steaks, ribs and seafood. Signature items include the spicy tuna roll, which is layered with cucumber, edamame, avocado and a trio of sauces, and the overly punctuated (Mac + Cheese)2 with pulled chicken, applewood bacon and wild mushrooms.
Although the restaurant offers no shortage of meat, be it a Korean pork belly taco or a burger, the sheer breadth of its menu leaves room for non-carnivorous customers. There is a significant number of vegetarian dishes on the menu, which are marked with a discreet "V," such as angel hair pasta with tomatoes, eggplant, garlic, basil, pine nuts, feta, Parmesan and olive oil. There's also a category dedicated to "gluten-sensitive" people that highlights ways to unglutenize items on the menu (i.e., "request no croutons").
One of the restaurant's trademarks is its continuous playlist of classic and contemporary rock. A fleet of flat-screen TVs tuned to sporting events will be strategically placed throughout the restaurant and visible from nearly every seat.
Yard House will be open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining, accommodating more than 300 guests inside and an additional 96 on the patio. The open floor plan features a mix of warm woods and cool stainless steel accents, as well as an original collection of abstract art commissioned by California artist Jerome Gastaldi.