Sake Too We Hope

Sushi restaurant and cocky wine bar join mix at Victory Park near downtown Dallas

Sushi and cocky wine bar join mix at Victory Park near downtown Dallas

Rendering of Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas-Victory Park in Dallas
Victory Park is getting a big overhaul. Photo courtesy of Cinépolis USA

As part of its ongoing resuscitation, near-downtown complex Victory Park has signed on two more restaurants scheduled to open in 2018: Imoto, an Asian kitchen and bar from restaurateur Tracy Rathbun, and a wine bar called Burgundy Swine.

The Japanese word for "little sister," Imoto will be an upscale take on a pan-Asian restaurant with sushi bar, cocktails, wine, and sake. The menu will incorporate a contemporary style into traditional recipes and flavors, including everything from shared tapas to sharable plates.

Imoto will open on Victory Park Lane with modern Asian interiors, a social atmosphere, and a late-night lounge with DJ.

Rathbun co-owns Shinsei, the popular North Dallas pan-Asian restaurant, with partner Lynae Fearing, as well as Lovers Seafood and Market. Rathbun is also involved with Chelsea Corner, the Knox-Henderson bar-restaurant.

Burgundy Swine will be a modern take on the traditional wine bar, and is already throwing down a promise that it will be "the most unique wine program in the city." Bold words, Burgundy Swine.

The list of bottles, wines by the glass, and wines on tap will be created by a group of local sommeliers and will cover wine regions from Europe to Texas, with an emphasis on the Burgundy region of France.

All wines will be available for retail purchase, and a private tasting room will be available for groups and special events. The space will be open and airy, with a dog-friendly patio, lounge-style seating, and fire pit. It will open next to Olivella's.

In a release, all parties involved, including Terry Montesi, CEO of Trademark Property Co., say they are happy this is happening and optimistic about the transformation Victory is about to undergo.

The Victory bar and restaurant scene will welcome eight new concepts including a flagship Mesero; a restaurant by This & That Concepts (the team behind High Fives and The Standard Pour); a bar by Brooke Humphries (Barcadia, Beauty Bar, Pints & Quarts); and a 24,000-square-foot restaurant and entertainment concept in Victory Plaza by Humphries and Elias Pope’s 8020 Hospitality (the team behind HG Sply Co.). Two unique concepts are also coming from Tristan Simon: a modern Texas saloon and a creative workspace with a day-focused café.

The food and beverage renaissance at Victory Park is part of a redevelopment led by retail partner Trademark Property Co. and owner Estein USA. Victory is undergoing a full remerchandising, adding 85,000 square feet of new retail space, and making enhancements to evolve into a more energetic, walkable, and soulful urban neighborhood.

New retail tenants include Yoga Pod, as well as two new pop-up shops: Moroccan footwear retailer Modern + Soul, open through December 31; and Tragant Pop-Up, featuring exclusive items by Guillermo Tragant, open through December 24.

More openings in the coming months include Luxe Dental, Orangetheory Fitness, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas – Victory Park, and The 23, a new 285-unit mixed-use apartment community by LMC. Additional parking and a state-of-the-art valet program, as well as lighting and technology upgrades, will also roll out in early 2018.