Stylish Asian-inspired Nuri Steakhouse to open in cute Uptown Dallas building
It's a long way off but for your steakhouse planning purposes, there's a new one to put on the list: Nuri Steakhouse, an Asian-inspired steakhouse will open in Dallas' Uptown at 2401 Cedar Springs Rd. #120.
A release describes it as a chic, modern restaurant that'll serve dinner and weekend brunch; it'll open in late summer 2023.
The restaurant is from Wan Kim, who owns the Dallas-based Smoothie King chain, and who opened the well-regarded Nuri Grill in Koreatown in 2021. In fact, Nuri Grill will serve as a test kitchen where they roll out possible dishes for the Uptown sibling to solicit feedback.
"We strategically secured a short-term lease for Nuri Grill in the heart of Koreatown where we were able to provide an upscale Korean dining experience not typically found in the metroplex," Kim says in a statement. "It was always our intent to operate this as a full-service restaurant to painstakingly test recipes for the steakhouse.”
"Before the steakhouse opens, Nuri Grill will then turn into a different concept, leaving the steakhouse to carry on the name, but as a grown-up version of the brand in Dallas proper," Kim says.
They're going into a neighborhood loaded with steak including Capital Grille, Ocean Prime, Nick & Sam's, Perry's, with at least two more in the wings: STK from New York opening in the old Perry's space on McKinney Avenue sometime soon; and Maple & Ash, the steakhouse from Chicago-based What If Syndicate (Monarch, Kessaku, Etta), opening in the Maples Terrace building in 2023.
The menu will be crafted by Korean chef Minji Kim, who with her chef husband Ben Lee owned Min's Kitchen in Korea, and who relocated to the U.S. to help Wan Kim open Nuri Grill. It'll feature prime cuts of meat, seafood, and poultry, with unique starters and sides, plus a wine and cocktail program that the release calls "robust."
The space will comprise 9500 square feet, with a curvy bar, wine cellar, indoor seating for 150, outdoor seating for 50, plus private dining room. Design is by AvroKO in San Francisco, whose portfolio includes SingleThread Farms, Seneca, The Reading Club, and China Live, and will incorporate Deco-style curvaceous lines and traditional Korean celadon ceramics.
It's going into the 2401 Cedar Springs building, near Maple Avenue and across from Uchi in a kind of sweet 5-story building that's recently been dolled up to make it more approachable. That includes a new lobby and "arrival experience," with plans for a fitness center, conference center, multi-sport simulator, and lounge with self-serve coffees, beverages, and snacks. Telltale sign of its new coolness factor: It's being leased by Shop Companies.