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Tequila and tapas restaurant restores the brunch party at Uptown Dallas spot

Tequila and tapas restaurant restores the brunch at Uptown Dallas spot

Dos Jefes restaurant in Uptown Dallas
Dos Jefes opens June 2 in the former Nick & Sam’s Grille space in Uptown. Photo courtesy of Dos Jefes

The party returns to Uptown, with the arrival of Dos Jefes, opening June 2 in the former Nick & Sam’s Grille space at 2816 Fairmount St. It’s an original concept developed by Dallas restaurateur Joseph Palladino to appeal specifically to the Uptown crowd.

The dos jefes, or “two bosses,” to whom it refers are Palladino and Nate Paul, CEO of World Class Capital. Palladino also owns Nick & Sams Steakhouse, Nick & Sam’s Grill, Coal Vines, Quill Lounge in the Dallas Design District, and Biergarten on Lamar outside the Omni Dallas Hotel.

Open Wednesday through Sunday, Dos Jefes will offer small plates that blend Latin and Mexican flavors with an Asian influence. Signature dishes include sea bass ceviche with roasted corn, avocado, tomato, house-made sea salt crackers, and plantain chips.

The menu will be designed by chef Samir Dhurandhar of Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse; Dhurandhar also will serve as Dos Jefes’ executive chef.

“I wanted to open an upscale tequila concept with a unique menu because, frankly, I’ve never done anything like it before,” Palladino​ says in a release. “I got my inspiration from a spot I found in Mexico City that had an incredible energy that I thought would be perfect for Uptown.”

The top floor will be branded the 42 Room, serving cocktails made only with Don Julio 1942 Limited Edition Tequila. Food will also be served upstairs, and the kitchen will observe late-night hours. A video DJ will spin a variety of records, music videos, and other “alluring images,” which will be displayed on a huge LED screen.

Hoping to rekindle the popularity of Nick & Sam’s Grill’s weekend brunch, Dos Jefes will do brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays, beginning at 10 am, and stay open until 2 am. Wednesday through Friday, it’ll have club-style hours, opening from 8 pm until 2 am.