One of the most promising fall openings isn't spearheaded by one of Dallas' big-name chefs (though there are certainly plenty of those waiting in the wings), but rather a husband-and-wife team hailing from Napa Valley.
Stephen Rogers and Allison Yoder were chef and general manager, respectively, at Press in St. Helena, California, but according to FD Luxe the duo "had dreams of starting their own restaurant, a prohibitive proposition in California's expensive wine country," and decided to move back to Rogers' hometown and try their luck opening a restaurant in East Dallas.
Gemma is slated for the semi-deserted Henderson Avenue strip that once housed businesses like Natsumi, Horne & Dekker and Fish City Grill (clubby sushi joint Sushi Axiom and wine-lovers' haven Veritas still reside in the shopping center, along with a popular hair salon). An employment ad seeking kitchen staff promises "seasonally inspired modern cuisine with global inspiration [...] with an emphasis on sustainable and organic" products. Everything, including sausages, breads and pastas will be made in-house, and Gemma will also "feature a raw bar including oysters, crudo, and tartare." Yoder tells FD Luxe the interior will be rustic, "Hamptons-inspired cush."
UPDATE: According to Gemma's PR, the restaurant will open in early December rather than late November; it will be open 5 days a week (closed Monday and Tuesday).
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[Image: Gemma via Craigslist]