Dallas sandwich king goes Hollywood with new steakhouse restaurant
Dallas is getting something it dearly needs: a new steakhouse. Called Drake's, it'll be at 5007 W. Lovers Ln., right next to the original Neighborhood Services, where it will open in October.
Drake's comes from Hunter Pond, founder and CEO of Vandelay Hospitality Group, with restaurant concepts including the East Hampton Sandwich Co. chain and Hudson House, the East Coast-style restaurant also on Lovers Lane.
But according to a release, Drake's is inspired by restaurants on the West Coast, namely, "old-school, classic hangouts of Los Angeles like Delilah's, Craig's, and Mr. Nice Guy."
It'll go into the space that used to be Lovers Lane Antique Market, where it will boast an old Hollywood feel, with dim mood lighting, red interiors, and a circular bar at the center.
It'll be open for dinner only, with a menu created by Pond that's described as "beef-forward," but with "neighborhood prices."
Cocktails will be "inspired by the Beverly Hills Hotel." Pink?
There will also be live music, including jazz on Thursdays from 6-10 pm, and a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 pm to midnight.
The release says that Pond chose the location because he felt the neighborhood needed "a high-energy spot for dinner and drinks."
"My vision for Drake's is to be a comfortable, yet sophisticated place to hang out with friends," Pond says in a statement. "We are huge fans of this neighborhood, and we believe this concept will thrive due to the need for fun places to have dinner – keyword being fun."