Fish Dish

New Dallas seafood bistro boldly goes where Tallywackers went before

New Dallas seafood bistro boldly goes where Tallywackers went before

Roux Bistro
Look for steaks and seafood on the menu at Roux Bistro. Photo courtesy of Roux Bistro

A Lemmon Avenue address with a shall we say colorful history has a new restaurant ready to roll. Called Roux Bistro, it'll open at 4218 Lemmon Ave., perhaps better known as "the space where Tallywackers used to be."

Tallywackers was the ill-fated experiment that some called the "male version of Hooter's," with male waiters clad in little more than their underwear. It closed in August 2016 after a year.

Scheduled to open in March, Roux comes from Theodore Koutsogeorgas, a veteran restaurateur in Dallas who once owned a seafood restaurant in Dallas called Theodore's. Not The Theodore at Northpark Center but Theodore's, a casual spot off Walnut Hill and 75 which was open in the '80s and '90s.

Fish will surely be on the menu at Roux, although Koutsogeorgas says it'll be more bistro than seafood house. "There'll be fresh seafood, because we do have experience with that, but the restaurant will have Mediterranean and Southern influences," he says. "That's where we get the name, for roux, the Louisiana-style sauce."

The menu will include steaks, chicken, and house-made pastas. There'll be calamari, mussels, oysters Rockefeller, shrimp cocktail, and crab claws. Koutsogeorgas is Greek so there'll be a Greek salad, but also an arugula salad and a Caesar.

But his goal is to keep things casual and affordable. "It's not going to be fine dining, no white tablecloths," he says. "We want to do tacos, burgers, fried seafood baskets, po' boys, and lobster rolls."

It'll have a full bar, and they'll do brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Even before the sad demise of Tallywacker's, that location has seen more than its share of concepts come and go: from Lolita's to Catalina's to Cafe Cancun to something called Honey Shack. Despite its turnover, Koutsogeorgas — also owns Fajita Pita Vertical Grill, a restaurant inside the Collin Creek Mall in Plano — believes the space has promise.

"I looked at that location five years ago but it was leased to someone else," he says. "It became available again, so we're going to give it a try."