With resumes that include Michelin starred restaurants, luxury hospitality and a farm-to-table inn, husband-and-wife team chef Casey La Rue and pastry chef Amy La Rue have been hosting socially distant popups in the Dallas area for months to rave reviews. Now, the duo has a more permanent endeavor in the works.
Called Carte Blanche, the spot will function as a part-time bakery, part-time tasting menu restaurant. In the mornings, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., the bakery will focus on luxe baked goods like brioche doughnuts, danishes, scones, and croissants. As co-owner Amy La Rue told Eater, she’ll be focusing on “classical French pastry with the absolute best quality product.” In the evenings, the space will transform into an intimate tasting menu destination, with five-course and twelve-course dinners on offer.
In the beginning, dinner service will be indoors, though Amy La Rue emphasizes that the space will feature “ample” opportunity for social distancing. “The space’s capacity can seat 90, but we only intend to serve 30,” she says. “Every detail in the decor is being thought about to give the guest a more luxurious experience.” To that end, La Rue hopes that the spot could become “the only Forbes five-star restaurant in Dallas.”
Carte Blanche is set to take over the former Mudsmith Coffee space at 2114 Greenville Avenue in March 2021. Stay tuned for an official opening date.