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Handsome new restaurant north of Dallas brings back clubby pre-COVID vibe

Handsome new restaurant north of Dallas brings back pre-COVID vibe

Seven Doors shrimp
Seven Doors shrimp. Photo by Seven Doors

There's a restaurant newly open to the Grandscape development of The Colony named for its distinctive decorative element: Called Seven Doors Kitchen & Cocktails, it features a collection of stunning French colonial doors placed strategically throughout the restaurant to establish zones and also serve as works of art.

Husband-and-wife owners Kevin Brown and Dianna Lynn have decades of experience including their work for Denver-based Concept Restaurants, parent company to Rialto Café, Table Mountain Inn, and others.

Seven Doors is a modern American grill that emphasizes all of the things we used to do in the pre-coronavirus days: sharing plates, interaction at the table, hospitality, engagement, and connection. It all sounds so racy now.

In a release, Brown says he has confidence in the resilience of the local economy. "That's one reason we chose this location," he says. "We build all of our unique restaurants to last the test of time, and look forward to our long-term commitment to North Texas' people and economy."

Their team includes general manager Charles Bruen, whose resume includes Ruth's Chris Steak House, Capital Grill, Jasper's, M Crowd, and Artin's Grill; and chef Jacob Quintana, a graduate of Johnson & Wales who worked with the couple in Denver.

Quintana's menu includes beef, seafood, and lots of sushi.

There's short rib chili, Tuscan white bean soup, and classic steakhouse salads that include a Caesar and a wedge. Appetizers aka sharing plates include calamari in a tempura crust, burrata, chicken tenders, mussels, fried clams so New Englandy, tuna poke tacos, and Korean BBQ tacos.

Unique starters include candied bacon and caviar chips — house-made potato chips with caviar and crème fraîche.

Entrees include ruby trout with wild rice, eggplant rollatini, airline chicken, filet mignon, steak frites, and a New York strip.

Sandwiches include burgers, a veggie burger, a Cubano, a fried clam po' boy, and a French dip. Most sandwiches are about $15, and entrees top out at $38 for an 8-ounce filet.

The restaurant is at 5774 Grandscape Blvd., near Nebraska Furniture Mart, off Highway 121, and is ambitiously mounted, with a spacious bar, three outdoor patios, and a room for private parties and business functions with multimedia equipment in a metallic-trimmed décor.

The doors are from the 1800s, imported from South America, Egypt, Italy, and France; some are made from solid mahogany, some 12 feet tall. All have a see-through aspect, creating a nifty dividing element while maintaining visibility, says Lynn, a designer who has incorporated some of her signature motifs such as 360-degree booths with cool circular banquettes.

They're opening with a series of specials that include two-for-one burgers and $2 margaritas through July 5. Go get you a burger and a cheap margarita.