The folks behind Mexican Sugar, Whiskey Cake, and The Ranch at Las Colinas are taking on seafood, with a restaurant called The Keeper, newly open at The Shops at Legacy in the former Artin's Grill space.
A release calls the restaurant an unprecedented, fresh and vibrant, wild-caught seafood restaurant, with fish flown in daily from around the globe, captivating recipes, and an incredible dining experience. Its Facebook page whimsically calls it a tiki bar.
Judd Fruia, who has managed The Ranch for the past six years, is director of operations. The chef is Colleen O'Hare, most recently of Good2Go Taco fame, but with tenures at high-flying restaurants such as Mot Hai Bar, York Street, and the original Green Room in Deep Ellum.
"We are carving our own path; we do our own research, we travel, we shake hands and make deals that ensure we're bringing home the best value to our guests," Fruia says in a release.
An open kitchen includes a fish processing room behind glass that you can peer into. The bar serves reimagined Polynesian cocktails such as a Mai Tai and a Singapore sling, made with premium rums. There'll also be beer and wine that pairs with seafood.
The front doors have mermaid handles, there are port lights and a polished tube chandelier, and a blue and white color scheme that feels nautical.
Appetizers include crabcakes, mussels, calamari, and pork belly sliders. Entrees run about $25 to $28 and include salmon with succotash; halibut with asparagus and fingerling potatoes; and whole fish, done with spicy lime butter, Brussels sprout leaves, scallions, and baby bell mushrooms for $38, to share. Some dishes are reminiscent of what you might get at an authentic Asian restaurant, such as the chicken and napa cabbage salad.
There's a lobster BLT and a pretty crab and mango salad. A raw selection includes oysters and tuna poke. A "land lovers" section has Wagyu strip steak, clay pot chicken, and other non-fish items.
The restaurant is across from Mexican Sugar at 5840 Legacy Cir., and it will be open daily for lunch and dinner.