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John Tesar Is Looking To Expand Knife To Plano

The modern steakhouse’s second outpost would open at The Shops at Willow Bend

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After what seems like a long period of relative quiet, ever-busy chef John Tesar is heading back into the limelight. In addition to his forthcoming appearance on Top Chef and a cookbook due out next year, Tesar is also plotting an expansion of his popular steakhouse Knife.

In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, Tesar briefly mentions that he is planning to bring Knife to Plano’s The Shops at Willow Bend. This isn’t the first expansion that Tesar’s mentioned for Knife — he’s flirted with opening outposts in Nashville, Austin, and Chicago as recently as last year — but this is the first time that expanding the concept within DFW has been (publicly) on the table.

Of course, because Tesar is a workaholic, this isn’t the only restaurant concept he’s got in the works. He’s currently planning to expand Knife into a fast-casual burger concept, slated to open at Legacy Hall in Plano next Fall. In the DMN interview, Tesar also mentions a new burger concept for The Shops at Legacy and a butcher shop that would sell meats sourced from 44 Farms.

It doesn’t look like any concrete plans for Knife’s Plano expansion are in the works just yet, but stay tuned for more updates on Tesar’s growing restaurant empire.