Steakhouse from Las Vegas group makes sizzling Dallas debut near Deep Ellum
An Italian-inspired steakhouse with roots in Las Vegas is opening in Dallas this week: Called The Saint, it's from Hooper Hospitality Concepts (HHC), a Vegas group headed by acclaimed restaurateur Andy Hooper, and according to a release will open in near East Dallas on Thursday May 11.
The restaurant is taking over the former Two Sisters space at 2633 Gaston Ave., close to both Deep Ellum and downtown Dallas, and will be helmed by culinary director Jacob Williamson. Seasonality will be a key focus, relying on Williamson's long-standing relationships with the Texas farming and ranching community.
Appetizers include Maine lobster arancini, whipped ricotta with rustic bread, steak tartare, tuna crudo, prosciutto San Daniele, and golden Osetra caviar served with miniature baked potatoes, truffle crème fraiche, and chives.
Salads include iceberg wedge, fava bean salad, and a Caesar with Gem Romaine, focaccia breadcrumbs, and black garlic dressing.
Steaks include Texas Wagyu tomahawk chop, Texas Wagyu NY strip with steak sauce, and 44 Farms Prime Beef Filet. Enhancements include gorgonzola raviolo, confit garlic, caramelized cipollini onions, and poached egg.
Non-steak mains include Colorado lamb shank, Texas quail piccata, branzino, and Diver scallopsw ith spring pea risotto.
Vegetarian and vegan options include a dairy-free and meatless pappardelle Bolognese made with chickpea pasta, San Marzano tomatoes, and Lion’s Mane mushroom Bolognese.
Desserts will be made in house, with the exception of white chocolate cheesecake which will be provided by local bakery J. Rae’s Dallas.
The bar will feature 12 specialty craft cocktails with a focus on signature Italian and Texan spirits, such as an Aperol spritz, a Negroni bramble, and a "Macchiato" Martini, their fancy way of saying an espresso martini, with Tito’s, Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur, espresso, and macchiato amaretto foam.
The wine list will feature a robust offering of Italian and French wines offered an approachable price point.
They'll be open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday in a 4,900-square-foot space that holds 120 guests, plus a private room, plus 12 in the bar. Decor by Greg O’Neal of Philosophy Design (Shinsei, Lovers Seafood, Harpers, The Finch), centers on a "saints and sinners" theme, with contrasts such as dark vs light and femininity vs masculinity.
That location is on the edge of the so-called North Good Latimer District, an unexpected club zone in a neighborhood just east of downtown Dallas, straddling Good Latimer Freeway, between Live Oak and Elm streets, that has drawn a number of high-profile bars including Bottled Blonde, Green Light Social, The Sporting Club, and Blum, as well as restaurants such as Komodo and Harper's.
Sshh, be quiet, Andy Hooper has a statement:
“When conceptualizing a restaurant in one of the most exciting and diverse culinary scenes in America, we knew we wanted to offer something unique that would combine Las Vegas flair with the world-renowned hospitality and rich natural resources Texas is known for," he says.