A Frisco restaurant from an internationally famous chef has closed: Zaytinya, the Mediterranean restaurant known for its inventive Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisine, closed on November 18, after less than two years in the space.
Employees were notified of the shutdown at the restaurant on Monday, according to Escape Hatch.
The restaurant opened in early 2018 as a spinoff of the original in Washington, D.C., where it's been a top dining destination since 2002. The opening was accompanied by great fanfare, thanks to the sterling reputation of its chef and founder José Andrés, whose accolades include two Michelin stars for Minibar by José Andrés, as well as having been named one of the "100 Most Influential People" by Time magazine.
Andrés opened the restaurant in partnership with D.ream is a subsidiary of Dogus Holding, a high-flying Turkish corporation that owns not only restaurants, but car dealerships, retail, construction companies, and banks. Dogus launched D.ream in 2012; it claims to run 170 restaurants in 10 countries.
Frisco is surely booming but The Star has not been a sure bet for restaurants, with closures such as Liberty Burger and East Hampton Sandwich Co.
A statement from management suggests that they're not done with DFW, and a spokesperson says that the team is "well into discussions" to relocate to Dallas.
"We’re incredibly grateful to our dedicated employees and for our friends and neighbors in Frisco and the Star community, who have been extremely supportive of the introduction of the Zaytinya brand in Texas," the statement says. "We've enjoyed being part of such a dynamic and exciting location like The Star and wish them continued success in the future. We’ll share details of a new location in Dallas soon."