Dallas chef Brian Luscher, owner of The Grape and maker of the best burger in Texas, has signed a lease for a new restaurant near Baylor Hospital called Luscher's.
The restaurant is located at 3001 Gaston Ave., across the street from the Elbow Room, in a cool brick building that was previously home to Big E's Food & Beverage and a string of short-lived businesses before that.
"Red Hots would certainly be a part of the picture," Luscher says.
"We just got the property and have started doing some remodeling inside," Luscher says. "I don't want to say yet exactly what it is, because it's a long way out. It will be the end of summer before we open."
Luscher and his wife, Courtney, purchased The Grape, the longtime Greenville Avenue wine bistro, in 2007. The restaurant hit iconic status after its burger was proclaimed best in the state by Texas Monthly magazine in 2009.
"If it weren't for [chef de cuisine] Danyele McPherson holding it down at the Grape, I would not even be able to think about doing anything," Luscher says.
In 2012, he launched Post Oak Red Hots, his own line of sausages and hot dogs made with natural, locally raised meat.
"It's probably kind of obvious the direction I would be headed in," he says. "Red Hots would certainly be a part of the picture. Using locally pastured and clean meats is definitely going to be a focus. It will be the Luscher take on things."