Downtown Dallas restaurant-bar reopens with food and beverage flourish
A downtown Dallas restaurant and bar is reopening with a big ta-da. The Woolworth, which has been open in the thick of things at 1520 Elm St. #201 for a decade, is back after a round of renovations and a menu revamp.
The Woolworth is a survivor, having endured the sometimes-temperamental downtown landscape, destructive protests in 2020, and the pandemic.
Woolworth is part of HattenLuke Hospitality Group (Smithy on Henderson, Uno Mas), headed by partners Brandon Luke and Ronald Von Hatten. Luke says in a release that it's a new chapter.
“Our intention with the new updates is to return to the roots of what made us thrive when we first opened in 2013, while continuing to elevate our menu to push the boundaries on what our guests have come to know and love about us over the past 10 years," he says.
Part of that is beefing up the dining experience, says chef Ronald Von Hatten.
"The Woolworth has always been a great place to grab cocktails with friends over shared bites, but with the revitalized space we wanted to offer a more robust menu where our guests could enjoy a full dinner featuring internationally inspired fare," he says.
That includes some new presentations and flavor profiles, including salmon crudo, lobster "Rangoon" spring roll, Italian flatbread, coffee-rubbed lamb pops, pork belly crackling, and the Duck Duck Tot, a truffle tater tot with cheese curds, duck confit, duck gravy, and a sunny-side-up duck egg.
New entrees include veal saltimbocca; halibut with wild rice pilaf, roasted red pepper coulis, and pea-shoot pesto; airline chicken with Oregon morel mushrooms; and the "lazy man's" cioppino with tomato broth, mussels, clams, scallops, calamari, market fish, crab, prawns, and French bread; and Linz Heritage Angus Reserve beef.
There's a bigger steak program with cuts like hanger, filet mignon, ribeye, and dry-aged porterhouse (45-day aged), featuring finishing touches such as a Blue Cheese Crust or Oscar Style with asparagus, crab, and Hollandaise. Sides include lobster mac & cheese, crispy Brussels sprouts, rosemary garlic fries, or white truffle cheddar polenta.
The Woolworth welcomes Christian Rodriguez as Lead Bar Chef, joining the team from Tipsy Alchemist to spearhead the cocktail program, with drinks such as Monkey Business with applejack brandy, banana honey, vanilla almond cream, Angostura, and espresso foam; and The Geisha with Suntory Toki, Chai Blanc Vermouth, cardamom-dandelion, fennel and orange bitters.
There are also zero-proof cocktails such as Strawberry Fields Forever, with Ritual Gin, strawberry mint, citrus, and ginger beer.
This address was once home to a F.W. Woolworth Five and Dime Store, and the Woolworth pays homage to its heritage while offering a modern and upscale experience. They've expanded the private dining room to accommodate groups of up to 50, and added valet directly underneath The Woolworth building signage.