We’ve known for a while now that one of Dallas’ longest-standing restaurant institutions would either be finding a new home or closing its doors. In 2013, legendary restaurateur Stephan Pyles announced plans to relocate his eponymous Ross Ave restaurant to the Hall Arts Center, which opened earlier this year. Now, though Pyles has decided to close Stephan Pyles altogether and focus on opening an entirely different project.
As GuideLive reported today, Pyles will open Flora Street Cafe in the Dallas Arts District next spring. The name of Pyles’ new concept is an obvious homage to Routh Street Cafe, the restaurant that put him on the map back in the 1980s.
Of course, you can expect to see some of the chef’s most famous dishes on the menu at his new restaurant, likely because his devoted fans would riot if there was nowhere in Dallas to indulge in Pyles’ signature tamale tart or Heaven and Hell cake. For the most part, though, the chef will focus on his newest goal: to "reinvent Texas cuisine,” as he told GuideLive. “Or even create a whole new genre."
No menu has been formalized yet, but Pyles plans to continue making ceviche, and will serve housemade corn tortillas. You can, though, expect for a more formal dining experience at Flora Street Cafe, perhaps even fancier than Stephan Pyles.
No opening date has been announced, but Pyles plans to open Flora Street Cafe in April. Stephan Pyles will close its doors in March.