There's a newly opened restaurant-bar near downtown Dallas from the team behind HG Sply Co. Called Hero, it's a massive, open-air restaurant-bar and game arcade at 3090 Olive St. in the "South Victory" part of Victory Park.
By "massive," we're talking:
- a main dining room that seats 540, with two full-service bars.
- an 8,500-square-foot climate-controlled indoor/outdoor bar area dubbed The Meantime that seats 560 with three full-service bars, and a 24-foot screen for game watching, concerts, private events, and presentations.
- an 800-square foot arcade with classic gaming including pinball, NBA Jams, Ms. Pac-Man, Air Hockey, claw games that can be tailored for events, a pool table, and more.
- a location of Dallas custom T-shirt company, Bullzerk, which has an actual store inside the main dining room.
Located steps away from the south entrance of American Airlines Center, Hero is now open, though ever so softly, for dinner and drinks.
Founder Elias Pope says in a statement that they're opening in baby steps but wanted to get rolling in time for Dallas Stars hockey games.
"The concept is still in soft-opening," he says. "But in the coming weeks, we will be fully open with complete menus, host an official grand opening and add lunch and weekend brunch hours. Until then, we wanted to focus all of our energy on fueling the Stars and their fans."
They have an actual catering arrangement for practice sessions of the Dallas Stars, as well as other professional teams and athletes. "Our partnership with The Stars is what originally sparked the idea for Hero," he says.
Culinary director Danyele McPherson says that they adapted HG Sply's menu philosophy to work for the needs of professional athletes.
"This means continued focus on fresh and natural foods, but with the addition of more starch based carbohydrates through rice, pasta, and potato-based menu options," she says.
The cocktail program by Beverage Director Matt Ragan uses fresh pressed juices and house-made syrups and infusions.
South Victory is the new handle for the southern part of Victory Park, with a catchy "SoVi" nickname that incorporates the W Dallas – Victory Hotel and the Perot Museum of Nature & Science.