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Chef Graham Dodds Parts Ways With Much-Anticipated Oak Cliff Restaurant

The Mayor’s House is still set to open sometime this year

Graham Dodds
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In the works since 2017, much-anticipated Oak Cliff restaurant the Mayor’s House won’t have chef Graham Dodds in charge of the kitchen when it finally makes its debut.

The Mayor’s House owners AJ Gilbert and Martha Madison announced on Monday that they’d parted ways with Dodds, citing construction woes and an unspecified “timing conflict.” Dodds, whose most recent gig was overseeing the food and beverage program at the Statler Hotel, is best known for his time as executive chef at now-shuttered Henderson Avenue restaurant Hibiscus.

Gilbert and Madison plan to go forward with the restaurant without Dodds, and will announce a new executive chef for the Mayor’s House soon. “Scheduling restaurant openings are a challenge, especially when there is a huge construction project turning a beautiful historic house built in 1910 into a contemporary, multi-room restaurant with a bar, banquet room, and state-of-the-art kitchen,” the duo said in a statement. “Chef Graham is an all-around talented chef, and we wish him the best on his new journey.”

At present, the Mayor’s House is expected to arrive sometime in the fourth quarter of 2019. Stay tuned for an update.