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Former Mansion chef stays in Dallas to swoop in on downtown project

Former Mansion chef stays in Dallas to swoop in on downtown project

Chef Bruno Davaillon from Rosewood Manion on Turtle Creek
Chef Bruno Davaillon is staying in Dallas. Photo courtesy of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Bruno Davaillon, chef at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, is opening a new restaurant at 400 Record, aka the former Belo Building at 400 S. Record St. in downtown Dallas.

This is the 17-story, 235,000-square-foot office tower located at the corner of Wood and Record streets, which previously served as headquarters for the broadcast firm Belo Corp. 

Davaillon, whose departure from the Mansion was announced in October, will be partnering with the new owners of the building, the Hartland-Mackie family of City Electric Supply, who acquired the property in October 2014.

The restaurant is yet to be named, but the concept will be a casual contemporary eatery featuring refined yet seemingly simply prepared foods using the finest ingredients.

Thomas Hartland-Mackie says in a release that he's greatly pleased to be partnering with Davaillon on this restaurant.

"I loved the food he prepared at The Mansion, and I have the utmost belief that the restaurant will enhance the amenities offered in the building to our tenants, be a great destination for Dallas residents, and create a national buzz for culinary excellence," he says.

Davaillon says that he's ready for his next culinary adventure. "I'm so excited to have the opportunity to create a new restaurant in Dallas," he says. "The building and the downtown location makes this project very special."

The restaurant will be located on the second floor of the building. New York City and London-based architecture and interior design firm Martin Brudnizki Design Studio will create the interior. The restaurant will debut alongside the building's opening in late 2016.

Davaillon joins the previously announced Sharon Hage, who was retained in April to develop a concept and who will remain as a consultant.

The Hartland-Mackie family will undertake a renovation that will include significant upgrades to the entrances, a new glass-walled lobby, a sky garden on the top floor, fitness center, and conference center. 

Gensler, a global design firm, is spearheading the redesign of the lobby, which includes removing existing walls to create a better flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. The two-level lobby will be enclosed with frameless glass. A custom-designed metal canopy will create a dramatic new front door. Pieces from the Hartland-Mackie art collection will be on display, and the space will be available for private and community events.