Garland Road's hip quotient is about to go up another notch with the opening of a new barbecue restaurant called Smoky Rose. It will open in winter 2016 at 8602 Garland Rd., across from the Dallas Arboretum, with features that include an open smokehouse, patio, and landscaped garden.
Co-owners are David Cash and Jeffrey Schramm. Cash is a Dallas native and former corporate guy; Schramm comes from the restaurant world, having worked at Chipotle and then Yum Brands, where he was director of operations in the emerging restaurants department, which launched the Super Chix and Bahn Shop concepts.
Chef David "Spoon" Gauthier is a 2002 graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland, Oregon. He comes to Dallas via Tennessee, where he worked at concepts such as Kitchen at Union Square and Bitter Alibi.
Although Smoky Rose is inspired by its custom smokehouse, Gauthier's menu will also feature dishes that appeal to a broader audience, including lighter dishes that take inspiration from the garden. That includes beet salad, kale salad, apple salad, and airline chicken breast with cauliflower puree, asparagus, and house pickles.
Smoked items will include pork loin with root vegetables, banana sweet mash, apple and onion veloute, and salmon with leek risotto, sautéed greens, and maple glaze.
Lunch will offer most of the same starters, salads, and sides as the dinner menu, but there also will be sandwiches from the smokehouse. Smoked meats will be sold by the pound and half-pound.
The space, which is at the corner of Garland Road and Lakeland Drive, was most recently a car wash, but it has been under construction and a source of speculation for some time — made more mysterious by the erection of a Ross and Greenville Automotive sign on the space. Meanwhile, hipster bar Lounge Here just opened on Garland Road about three blocks east.