Felix Culpa, a new restaurant from the minds behind Musume, Truth & Alibi, and the Tipsy Alchemist, is almost ready to open.
The eatery will debut in Victor Tangos’ former space at 3001 North Henderson Avenue on Wednesday. VT’s interiors got a revamp and the space now boasts a midcentury modern living room feel bedecked with massive chandeliers, pop art, video installations, and plush mod furniture. The whole vibe is very lounge-like, not at all surprising considering the parent company SBBC Hospitium’s other concepts. “We know how to do lounges well,” general manager Sally Evans tells Eater. “We brought in Massimilio Sgarbi as the operating partner because of his restaurant background — it’s a great combination.”
To helm the kitchen, Sgarbi tapped Chef Nick Amoriello who’s had a long career in Dallas dining. Amoriello formerly headed up kitchens at Rapscallion, So & So’s, Kitchen LTO, and most recently The Mitchell. At Felix Culpa, Amoriello’s fare will focus on new American dishes with some European influences. The concise menu features a handful of entrees including salmon, sole, filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, a burger, and roasted chicken, plus a couple of pasta selections, salad, flatbread and a long list of shareables including salumi, grilled octopus, and tuna crudo. Felix Culpa puts a premium on libations with a rather large assortment of wine and cocktails like the Tipsy Tea with tequila, Deep Ellum vodka, orgeat, and hibiscus tea.
“Felix Culpa is the perfect atmosphere where dining, music and cocktail lounging combine,” Evans says. And to that end, the restaurant will bring in a DJ every Thursday through Saturday. The eatery will also honor Victor Tangos’ late-night legacy by keeping the kitchen open until midnight on those evenings as well.
Felix Culpa officially opens to the public on Wednesday. Hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday 4 p.m. to midnight; Thursday through Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; closed Sunday.