Mercer Boardwalk in Farmers Branch scores TV chef eatery and Bugatti's Italian
Mercer Boardwalk in Farmers Branch, the high-profile development at I-635 and Luna Rd., has signed on two new restaurants, one a a longtime local name: Bugatti’s , an Italian restaurant and Dallas landmark for more than three decades, will relocate to Mercer Boardwalk, bringing with it all of the glamour of its Bluffview locale.
According to a release, owner Zee Bugatti has been long anticipating a return to a dining room that's full of regulars.
"We are thrilled to see all of our guests at the new Bugatti’s, where you can find great food and fantastic company,” Bugatti says in a statement. “We continue our tradition of delivering first-class dining on a first-name basis now at Mercer Boardwalk, with the only thing changing - the address.”
Bugatti’s is known for authentic Northern Italian cuisine with in-home-crafted recipes, and attentive service where every customer is made to feel like a long-time regular.
Also opening: Drunken Oyster , the acclaimed Cajun-inspired restaurant and absinthe bar from Amarillo created by Chef Rory Schepisi, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who rose to fame while on The Next Food Network Star.
Schepisi opened Drunken Oyster in Amarillo in 2017 as a temple to 1930’s New Orleans, with gas lanterns, brick walls, cast iron chandeliers, and velvet curtains, plus an extensive seafood menu spotlighting East Coast and Canadian oysters, and live blues and jazz music.
"Whether you’ve visited the Big Easy or not, Drunken Oyster will give Dallas diners a taste of N’Awlins unlike any other," Schepisi says in a statement. “And our one-of-a-kind Absinthe Bar will showcase craft cocktails and the perfect absinthe experience.”
Both are slated to open during the first quarter of 2024, with Bugatti’s planning to be open by January.
Drunken Oyster and Bugatti’s join previously announced restaurants including:
- Barrel & Bones Craft Bar & Smokehouse
- Black Agave Cocina y Cantina
- Dough Bro’s to Go
- Copa Club
Mercer Boardwalk is adjacent to Mercer Crossing, a multi-phase development of single-family, multi-family and commercial space spanning 370 acres in Farmers Branch. It will feature eight or more dining destinations when the 62,378-square-foot development is complete.
It's the newest hospitality project from Centurion American Development Group, which CEO Mehrdad Moayedi envisions as a place where Dallas will go to play.
"With concepts that are new to North Texas, restaurants open from early to late, and such an amazing array of cuisine, Farmers Branch will become the perfect place for both a special occasion and everyday dining," Moayedi says.
The development is expanding with a new section that will include 69 townhomes in early 2024 as well as the future city-owned park, office space, amenity centers, and walking paths.