A champagne bar in Dallas dedicated to bubbly beverages is opening in the fall with an award-winning chef: Coupes, a champagne bar set to debut at The Shops of Highland Park, will do so with chef Bruno Davaillon as consulting executive chef. UPDATE 9-22-2022: Davaillon created a menu for the restaurant but will not be part of the staff.
The bar is taking over the 4,000-square-foot space at 4234 Oak Lawn Ave. that was previously occupied by men's clothing store Jos. A. Bank, which closed in 2020.
Davaillon is developing a menu that will pair propitiously with the bar's lineup of sparkling and still wines and craft cocktails, one consisting of light bites informed by his global perspective and passion for French and Texan culture.
Coupes is a dream of Eric Chiappinelli and Amanda Hale, who wanted a place where they could share their enthusiasm for all things sparkling and sophisticated.
According to Hale, they'll offer more than 15 champagnes and sparkling wines by the glass and 50 labels by the bottle.
"We are eager to connect our patrons to the beauty and culture behind champagne," Hale says. "We want them to see that champagne is for small moments as well as big, for a tête-à-tête as well as an anniversary, or for indulging by yourself as well as enjoying with friends."
Other laudable additions to the team include Tab Hirschey, most recently at the NL Group, as general manager; interior designer Autumn Cooper; and Alessia Carlton as media manager.
The concept is named for the "coupe" champagne glass with a shallow flat bowl - a design that was supplanted by tulip-shaped glasses, but in recent years has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity.