There's an opening date for one of the most high-profile restaurants in Dallas: Crown Block, the new restaurant from a high-powered hospitality team that's going into the Reunion Tower downtown, will open on Monday, April 17.
The steak and seafood concept is from hospitality industry veterans and husband-wife business partners, Elizabeth Blau and Chef Kim Canteenwalla of Blau + Associates and Hunt Realty Investments, Inc. and promises lots of features to wow diners above and beyond the building's unique 360-degree skyline views.
They're also revealing details on the menu including a notable steak program featuring Prime Beef, Texas Wagyu, and Japanese A5 Wagyu; sushi and a chilled seafood bar; and a dessert bar.
Some of the dishes that Canteenwalla says he's most excited about include:
- Regiis Ova Caviar
- Wagyu croquettes with Keen’s hot mustard sauce
- Heartbrand Akaushi striploin, from Flatonia, Texas
- Rosewood Ranch Bone-In Strip Steak from Ennis
- Triple cooked steak fries with truffle mayonnaise, which take several days to prepare
Desserts are described as "unparalleled and photo-worthy," including the Turtle Peanut Butter Candy Bar and Crème Brulee Donut Holes with Maple Cotton Candy.
A custom bar will be stocked with a "substantial" wine list and signature cocktails such as the Midnight Rambler with Balcones Pot Still Bourbon; and the Orange Vesper with Lockwood Texas Style Gin and fresh blood orange juice.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring this collaboration to Dallas,” Blau says. “Alongside our Operating Partner, Hunt Realty, we are proud to open our doors and welcome guests to an unmatched culinary experience that transcends a typical steakhouse. It’s an honor to be part of the Reunion Tower story and have the privilege of serving a menu that brings forth the best of Texas hospitality with breathtaking views.”
In addition to the restaurant, Crown Block will offer an event space called The Crown Room, located one floor below the restaurant, which can accommodate 250+ guests for a cocktail reception, a formal seated experience for 200+ guests, and a semi-private space for 100 to 150 guests with choice of south-facing views or views of downtown.
“Reunion Tower is an icon of the Dallas skyline and has served as the premiere destination for the city’s milestones and celebrations," says Tyler Kleinert of Hunt Realty. "Crown Block embodies the spirit of what my grandfather, Ray Hunt envisioned for his development of Reunion Tower nearly six decades ago. Crown Block builds on his vision for downtown and I am excited for the growth taking shape. The selection of Blau + Associates will deliver an experience worthy of our great city.”
Blau is founder and CEO of restaurant development company Blau + Associates and credited with transforming Las Vegas into a world-class culinary destination. A judge on CNBC’s Restaurant Startup, she and Canteenwalla, who is former executive chef for MGM Grand in Las Vegas with more than 30 years of culinary & industry experience around the world, operate several restaurants in Las Vegas and Vancouver. The couple co-authored Honey Salt: A Culinary Scrapbook, named Best Cookbook of 2018 by Food & Beverage Magazine.