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Chef-driven restaurant The Theodore at NorthPark Center mall closes

Chef-driven restaurant The Theodore at NorthPark Center mall closes

The Theodore
Theodore is no more. The Theodore/Facebook

A restaurant with a name-brand chef at NorthPark Center has closed after three years: The Theodore, which opened at the mall in 2015, closed on July 25.

Named for president Teddy Roosevelt, the restaurant was from Christopher Jeffers, Chris Zielke, and chef Tim Byres, of Turn the Tables Hospitality, the group that also owns Smoke at the Belmont Hotel, Bolsa, Chicken Scratch, and The Foundry.

Zielke says wistfully that the sales at The Theodore weren't there.

"We did everything we could for almost three years," he says. "It's not been an easy time for restaurants in general, and summer is always tough."

NorthPark intends to find a replacement. A spokesperson told the Dallas Morning News that the mall will bring in a "new and exciting restaurant" to take over the space.

The Theodore was a carefully conceived place with a catchy-kitschy theme, inspired by "the spirit of the iconic Teddy Roosevelt and an era of American history full of wonder and discovery."

The food was Byres' spin on soulful American classics. The menu included artisanal toasts, American tapas, flatbreads, and entrees such as oxtail and beef shank-stuffed peppers with white bean puree.

But probably the best thing about The Theodore was its in-house bakery, boasting a consultation by David Norman of Austin's Easy Tiger, and managed by sharp pastry chef Marlene Duke. Customers could watch the bread being made, and the restaurant had a bakery window open to the mall, as well. Alas, Duke left the restaurant in 2017.

Turn The Tables saw two closures during 2017, including Bolsa Mercado, its market in Oak Cliff; and the Plano location of Smoke restaurant. The company also took on management of the six restaurants at the Statler Dallas hotel, and Zielke says that those may absorb some of the employees from The Theodore.