It won’t be long until Dallas gets a steakhouse from the Salt Bae himself aka Nusret Gökçe, a Turkish butcher, chef, and restaurateur, who became Internet famous after videos of him flamboyantly sprinkling salt on a cut of meat went viral.
Gökçe capitalized on his 15 minutes of fame with the stateside launch of his Turkish steakhouse Nusr-Et in Miami late last year. The next outpost opened in New York in January to a host of negative reviews citing tough meat, “terrible” cocktails, $9 bottles of water, and overpriced food.
An eagle-eyed tipster pointed Eater to Salt Bae’s Instagram story, which shows him on a plane en route to Dallas yesterday morning and touring a space fronting Woodall Rogers Freeway at around 1 p.m. The video, captioned “my new baby” shows the restaurant in its earliest stages: concrete framing and dirt floor. What is apparent is that it will have high ceilings and wall-to-wall windows facing the freeway.
As far as Eater can tell from the videos, the building that will house the forthcoming Nusr-Et is located at 1900 Pearl Street, a glossy Arts District high-rise adjacent to the Meyerson and catty cornered from Klyde Warren Park. As of March 2017, Eater speculated that Gökçe would be bringing an outpost of Nusr-Et to DFW, he was spotted on social media touring The Star in Frisco and scouting other places around town. It appears that he’s settled on a location more central to the city core, even showing a penchant for arts districts — his forthcoming Los Angeles eatery will also debut in the City of Angels’ arts district.
Eater has reached out to Salt Bae for comment. Stay tuned for more information on his forthcoming eatery.