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John Tesar Plots Takeover of DFW’s Burger Scene

The chef has three outposts of Knife Burger in the works

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In addition to the outpost of Knife Burger that’s expected to open this month at Legacy Hall, Chef John Tesar has announced two additional DFW locations for his forthcoming quick-service restaurant.

Tesar is currently working on adding a location of Knife Burger to the second outpost of his acclaimed steakhouse Knife, which will arrive at Plano’s The Shops at Willow Bend next year, reports CultureMap. That restaurant will also be part butcher shop, where patrons will be able to purchase dry-aged steaks and take-home dishes like a version of Tesar’s bacon flight that’s served on the menu at Knife. A third location will land in Fort Worth, set to open at Crockett Row at West 7th.

As Eater reported last year, the Knife Burger concept will offer a high-tech ordering experience that’s a pretty stark contrast to the chef’s upscale, full-service steakhouse. Instead of cashiers, diners will browse the menu, place orders, and pay for their burgers on iPads. As far as the food is concerned, the menu will be simple — the Magic burger, the Ozersky burger, a patty melt, the famous Knife avocado fries, a salad, and a few shakes will be on offer.

Knife Burger is set to arrive at Legacy Hall on October 30. The Willow Bend location will follow in January 2018, and Fort Worth will open after that. Stay tuned for more details.