Back in January downtown's swanky Joule Hotel announced it would add an Italian restaurant called Americano, and little has been said of the concept since. Now, though, Americano is gearing up for its Fall 2015 opening with an upcoming job fair — and it's revealed a bit more about the concept to come:
Americano will be a vibrant, casual Italian restaurant at The Joule Hotel with an atmosphere inspired by ‘50s and ‘60s Italian cinema. Executive Chef Matt Ford has created a menu comprised of contemporary takes on nostalgic comfort classics, such as brick oven pizzas, inventive and savory pastas, and a bountiful wine list. With an outdoor patio space on a bustling sidewalk in downtown Dallas, it is sure to be a destination for a diverse and social audience.
A job ad found elsewhere on the internet offers a super-vague, buzzword-laden description of the interior, pronouncing it "an eclectic mix of minimal, modern, industrial design contrasted by warm details and pops of color."
Americano is the replacement for Grasslands, the abandoned farm-to-table Consilient concept that would have required each of its staff members to apprentice at a local farm.(A brief refresher: The Consilient group is no longer associated with The Joule's restaurants, and has since been rebranded as Raised Palate following the departure of founder Tristan Simon.) The new Italian restaurant will fill the space vacated by Charlie Palmer, which shuttered in 2013.
Those interested in finding work at Americano should plan to hit up the job fair, which will be held next Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the hotel.