Beefed Up in Frisco

Arizona steakhouse dares to tackle Texas with outlet at booming Frisco center

Arizona steakhouse dares to tackle Texas with new Frisco version

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Steak 48 is Arizona's version of a steakhouse. Courtesy photo

An Arizona steakhouse is attempting entree into Texas. Steak 48, a restaurant concept from brothers Michael and Jeffrey Mastro, is headed for Wade Park, the massive development under construction in Frisco.

Steak 48 — so named because Arizona was the 48th state admitted to the Union — represents a next step for the chain, which debuted as Steak 44 in Phoenix in 2014. Frisco will be the second Texas branch; the first opens in Houston in the spring.

The menu features steaks, a raw bar, and fresh seafood. Unique appetizers include ahi poke and burrata with grilled stone fruit. Peaches? They must mean peaches. Or maybe apricots? Can't be cherries. Too small to grill.

Sides include a double baked truffle potato, asparagus fries, and corn crème brûlée. From the bar will come classic cocktails and an extensive wine list.

Jeffrey and Michael, along with their father, Dennis Mastro, and partner Scott Troilo, have created several steaky concepts, including Mastro's Steakhouse and Mastro's Ocean Club (which they sold in 2007), and Dominick's Steakhouse, which opened in Scottsdale in 2011.

Steak 48 will open in 2017 as part of phase one of Wade Park, the 175-acre, $1.6 billion upscale mixed-use development at Dallas North Tollway and Lebanon Road. Also in that phase is Hotel ZaZa, plus a vast selection of retail, restaurants, entertainment venues, and office space.

Phase II, slated to open in 2018, will feature a luxury Langham Hotels & Resorts hotel, residential, and additional office space.

Stan Thomas, president and CEO of developer Thomas Land & Development, calls the complex DFW's next great shopping destination. "We're particularly proud of the extraordinary lineup of tenants," he says.

That also includes Tyler's, an athletic apparel store founded in Tyler in 1978, which will open its fourth Dallas-Fort Worth branch in Frisco. The store will feature nearly 17,000 square feet of athletic and lifestyle apparel, footwear, eyewear, and accessories.

Previously announced tenants at Wade Park include Whole Foods MarketiPic Theaters, Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce Bistro, The Rustic, Yard House, Thirteen Pies, Steel City Pops, Torchy's Tacos, Bread Zeppelin, Arhaus, Sur La Table, Paper Source, MiniLuxe, Blo Blow Dry Bar, and Lash Lounge.