The openings keep coming for The Star in Frisco, and this one's big: After a year in the making, Zaytinya, the Mediterranean restaurant in Washington, D.C. from famed chef José Andrés, will finally open at the Dallas Cowboys facility in early February.
A collaboration between Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup and Turkey-based d.ream (Doğus Restaurant Entertainment and Management), Zaytinya Frisco will be Andrés' first restaurant in Texas and the second location of Zaytinya, a top D.C. dining destination, known since 2002 for its inventive Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisine.
In a release, Andrés calls The Star "amazing" and "an incredible development" by the Jones family. "I can’t think of a better home for this second location of my mezze restaurant and I can’t wait for the people to Texas to dine with us!!" he says.
Zaytinya's mezze menu features shared plates, cocktails, and Mediterranean wines. The wine list is unique in that it features only the wines of the Eastern Mediterranean, including Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, and Israel.
The menu includes classics such as hummus, tzatziki, labneh, and a dip called htipiti with red peppers and feta. There are vegetarian dishes such as eggplant stuffed with onion, tomato, and walnuts; crispy Bussels sprouts; seared red lentil patties; mushroom couscous; falafel; and a bulgar wheat dish with chickpeas and feta.
There is lamb shoulder, beef and lamb meatballs, pork belly, seafood, and potato-crusted snails. There are flatbreads, called "pide," topped with sausage, egg, and cheese.
Zaytinya Frisco will be helmed by chef Jonathan Thompson, who opened Samar and Stampede 66 with Stephan Pyles. Before coming to Dallas in 2009, he was chef de cuisine for Gerard Panguad in Washington D.C., and cooked at Bradley Ogden's in Las Vegas.
Zaytinya will be located in Building 6W of the development at 6655 Winning Drive, and will feature a modern, authentically Mediterranean decor.
José Andrés is a culinary innovator, author, educator, TV personality, humanitarian, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup, whose portfolio of 27 restaurants includes Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Fish at MGM National Harbor, J by José Andrés at W Mexico City, Bazaar Meat at the SLS Las Vegas, and The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills and South Beach.
D.ream was founded in 2012 and has become an international player by introducing brand new concepts and offering wide variety of dining experiences worldwide. D.ream will separately debut an Italian restaurant at The Star called Da Mario, which is aiming to open in January.