West Village Nosh
LA gastropub Public School heads for newly hot Uptown Dallas spot
Uptown Dallas will soon be home to a Los Angeles-born gastropub with a cute grammar school theme. It's going into the all-of-a-sudden ultra-hot 3700M building in the West Village complex.
Called Public School, it's part of the Grill Concepts family, which owns the Daily Grill and Grill on the Alley chains. Dallas has a Grill on the Alley at the Galleria mall; meanwhile, there are Daily Grills in Austin and Houston.
The arrival of Public School follows the news of Eureka Burger, which is also opening at 3700M. That puts two exciting new concepts, both from California, in the very same location, and gives West Village a major infusion of new restaurant action.
The first Public School opened in downtown Los Angeles, followed by three more branches in Southern California (Culver City, Westlake and Sherman Oaks). The Dallas pub will be the chain's first outside of California.
The name evokes an English "public house." Each branch is differentiated by the number, with its own set of unique digits.
Public School focuses on craft beer with a chef-driven menu, two elements that appeal to a younger demographic than Daily Grill or Grill on the Alley, Grill Concept president Bob Spivak told NRN in February 2014.
The menu is an upscale twist on bar food: hummus, fish and chips, tacos, deviled eggs, and bacon cheddar tater tots with Sriracha ketchup, with the occasional healthy option such as the farro and Brussels sprouts salad with butternut squash, cranberries and pecans that's served at the Westlake branch.
As for beer, Public School takes a hard-line stance, serving no nationally advertised brands in favor of local microbrews and craft beers.
Some menu categories follow the school theme and to reach customer service, you're encouraged to email your comments to homework@PublicSchool612.com.
Jackie Kumamoto, manager at the Los Angeles branch, said that Dallas would be open by the end of 2014. "It'll definitely be open by January 1," she said.