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Chef José Andrés Has Plans to Expand His Restaurant Empire in Dallas

The chef will open “several” Dallas-area restaurants

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After opening his Mediterranean eatery Zaytinya in Frisco earlier this year, Chef José Andrés is now planning to expand his restaurant empire in Dallas in a big way.

The chef says that he has plans to open “several” of his popular restaurant concepts under the Think Food Group umbrella in Dallas. In an interview with Fast Company, the chef was not specific about which of his 15 different restaurants would end up in Dallas, but Think Food Group CEO Kimberly Grant did note that bringing more of his restaurants to the city is a move toward efficiency.

“Could Zaytinya be [our] only Dallas restaurant?,” Grant said. “Yes, but if you have a cluster of restaurants, you’re able to share the burden of food procurement, you’re able to share staff — you can have one sommelier who moves between the locations.” At present, it appears that Think Food Group is looking at a space in Uptown, though no deals have been inked just yet.

Perhaps Andres could bring Jaleo, his D.C. tapas restaurant that has been open for more than 20 years, to Dallas. Or maybe an outpost of China Poblano, a Las Vegas restaurant that fuses the flavors and techniques of Spain, Mexico, and China.

Eater has reached out to Think Food Group for more details on its Dallas expansion. Stay tuned.