Deep Ellum Dining News

Uptown Dallas bar impresarios try their hand at casual Deep Ellum restaurant

Uptown Dallas bar impresarios try their hand at Deep Ellum restaurant

Tuna poke
Stirr is opening in Deep Ellum and will offer a range of dishes, including tuna poke. Photo courtesy of Caroline's Family Kitchen

The team that opened Citizen in Uptown Dallas last year is now heading to Deep Ellum. Owners Imran and Asim Sheikh will open Stirr, a restaurant that they envision as a "refined yet casual gathering spot" for friends.

Opening at 2803 Main St., Stirr will serve a full gamut of coffee, cocktails, small bites, and big meals. Their building is at the corner of Crowdus Street, perhaps the most central location of Deep Ellum and formerly home to the storied Art Bar, part of the Club Clearview complex, which has stood empty for many years.

The space on the first floor has 4,000 square feet and will capitalize on the building's exposed brick and concrete walls. Stirr will also boast a 3,000-square-foot rooftop bar with downtown views.

Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, the menu will feature entrées and small plates such as vanilla chili tuna poke with seaweed, avocado, scallions, brown rice, and sriracha, and chicken-fried quail with jalapeño Texas kumquat marmalade.

Bartenders will stir up unique drinks, such as the Final Word, featuring floral gin, maraschino liqueur, simple syrup, and lime juice in a green Chartreuse dust-rimmed glass.

This isn't the end of it, says Imran Sheikh. "We look forward to providing the city with even more food-focused, experiential restaurants," he says.

They're being elusive about the chef, who they say has been hired, but will not be identified. C'mon Imran and Asim, don't be coy!