The Theodore, the Smoke team's newest concept headed to ritzy shopping destination NorthPark Center, is assembling quite the lineup. In addition to the ownership trifecta of Tim Byres, Chris Zielke, and Chris Jeffers, the soon-to-open restaurant — which promises small plates, fancy cocktails, and a bakery — has snagged chef Scott Romano (formerly of Charlie Palmer at The Joule and Nick & Sam's), Gmo Tristan (Remedy, Boulevardier), and bar manager Kyle Hilla, previously of Bolsa.
Romano will serve as executive chef; Tristan will act as a sous chef alongside Brooks Cameron, who most recently worked at FT33 under Matt McCallister. Filling out the team is pastry chef Marlene Duke, who hails from the Ritz-Carlton, and general manager Jonathan Knecht, who's also coming over from Bolsa.
NorthPark shoppers may never have to eat an Auntie Anne's pretzel again: As previously reported, The Theodore has signed on David Norman of Austin's popular beer garden/restaurant/bakery Easy Tiger to consult on the open-air bakery. Beyond that, expect shareable plates like flatbreads and "artisanal toasts," and cocktails "inspired by timeless American classics."
The Theodore, which promises an "Americana vibe" to match its presidential-inspired moniker, is moving into the space between Macy's and Nordstrom, and will also have a streetside patio. Look for it to open in mid-November.