The trailblazing epicurean store Dean & Deluca is coming to Texas. The New York-bred chain will open its first outlet in Texas at Legacy West, the new urban mixed-use complex in Plano, with an estimated opening in early 2017.
Dean & DeLuca is internationally known as a destination for cooking, eating, and entertaining. The chain opened its first store in 1977 in SoHo, and now has stores in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, the Midwest, and Napa Valley, in addition to 35 international stores in Japan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, and more.
The store introduced countless gourmet items that have become commonplace today, such as radicchio; balsamic vinegar; sun-dried tomatoes; dried mushrooms; and Rachael Ray favorite, EVOO — aka, extra virgin olive oil.
Dean & Deluca first hinted that it would be coming to Texas when it served as the title sponsor of the Dean & Deluca Invitational Golf Tournament at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, telling the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that it would be opening two stores in North Texas within the next 18 months.
Legacy West developer Fehmi Karahan called the opening "a huge home run, not just for Legacy West, but also for food lovers all over North Texas."
Dean & Deluca will join a growing list of restaurants and food providers at the $3 billion dollar development, including Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Fogo de Chao, Toulouse Cafe and Bar, Taverna, Tommy Bahama Restaurant, True Food Kitchen, Mesero, Shake Shack, and Legacy Hall, the 55-thousand-square-foot food hall.
Legacy West's grand opening is scheduled for March 2017. It will be home to the North American headquarters of Toyota and FedEx Office, as well as the regional headquarters for JP Morgan Chase and Liberty Mutual. More than 15,000 employees will make it one of the largest new job centers in the state. A 303-room Renaissance Legacy Hotel, two residential high-rises, more than 1,200 apartments, and 125 "urban villas" will complete the project.