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The Village in Dallas aims to get hip with 12 restaurants and big-name chef

The Village in Dallas aims to get hip with 12 restaurants, name chef

Uchi Dallas chef de cuisine Junior Borges
Chef Junior Borges looks like he's fun. Courtesy photo

Famed apartment complex The Village Dallas is building a new entertainment district that includes a dozen restaurants and has hired a chef to oversee it.

According to a release, that chef is Nilton "Junior" Borges, who will be executive chef and VP of culinary for a new development that will include 12 restaurant concepts.

The Village is the 34-acre mixed-use lifestyle project, including 300 acres of apartment communities, that's been around for half a century in northeast Dallas, near the Park Cities and North Park Center.

It won't just be Borges. He'll lead a team of chefs in his new role, overseeing multiple restaurants, scheduled to open in the spring of 2020.

In a statement, Borges says that the plan is to serve not just the Village but also the surrounding neighborhoods with dining experiences for both special occasions and weekly meals.

Borges moves to Dallas in 2014 and served as opening chef at Uchi Dallas. He has also served as executive chef of FT33 and The Joule, and had plans to open a restaurant in the Villa-O space with restaurateur Stephan Courseau, until that fell through.

Larry Spelts, president of Village Hospitality, says in a statement that they responded to Borges' experience in destination restaurants combined with his multi-outlet experience at The Joule.

"We are excited for what is to come for him and for the future of The Village’s new lifestyle experience," Spelts says.

Additional announcements are to come regarding details of the 12 new restaurants.