Downtown Dallas gets a healthy new indie restaurant in Gather Kitchen, a new fast casual spot slated to open at Thanksgiving Tower in early 2017. This is the first location for Gather Kitchen, which will serve healthy comfort food, including trendy bowls.
Gather was conceptualized by Nicki Hamilton, who joined forces with seasoned restaurateur Soraya Spencer, who has opened eight restaurants across the world.
The two bonded over a common need for a quick comfort-food option. There are bowls for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Customers choose from a Chipotle-style assembly line with a variety of base proteins, vegetables, and sauces.
According to Spencer, whose background includes working at restaurants in Hong Kong, the menu extends across many cuisines, including Asian, Italian, European, American, and Mexican. She says the ingredients are "interesting and unique."
Bases include include zucchini noodles, sweet potato noodles, cauliflower "rice," quinoa, and brown rice. For proteins, Gather Kitchen offers crumbled beef, marinated chicken, pork, and falafel.
Spencer says the food is "humble but good."
"We're here for everyone," she says. "These days, you have more gluten-free and vegan diners, and we're offering options for everyone. You can be a carnivore or a super vegan and eat together here."
The 2,400-square-foot restaurant will also feature a bakery corner with original recipes, including gluten-free and vegan options, an outdoor seating area, and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of downtown Dallas.
Gather Kitchen is part of the renovation of the iconic downtown building. “They are going to be a big hit with our tenants and a great amenity for the Main Street District," says Billy Prewitt of Thanksgiving Tower landlord Woods Capital Management.