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Fine China Closes to Make Way for Another Outpost of Tex-Mex Classic Primo’s

Downtown’s Statler Hotel is switching things up

Fine China

Fine China made an impression when it opened in 2018 at the Statler Hotel: the dim sum restaurant’s striking dining room channeled classic mid-century film In The Mood For Love, with a display of demitasse tea cups as decor. But the party’s over for Fine China at the midcentury hotel in Downtown Dallas.

The Statler announced today that Fine China will close today to make way for a second location of newly-revived Dallas favorite Primo’s. That Tex-Mex establishment made a comeback in January 2020 at its original Uptown location with staples like loaded nachos and burritos, and apparently things are going well.

“Primo’s opening has been such a success in Uptown so we’re excited to bring that energy and excitement to downtown Dallas,” Robert Hall, COO of Refined Hospitality Concepts, said in a press release. “Extending the Primo’s brand to this space at the Statler allows us to meet the growing need for private dining space with the food and cocktails for which Primo’s is known and loved.”

That’s not the only change: the hotel’s Ramen & Bao restaurant is switching over to an Italian-American red sauce restaurant from Refined Hospitality Concepts called Sfereco. The casual spot with communal tables and to-go options will serve up meatballs — either by themselves or on pasta or pizza.

Meatballs at Sfereco
Photo: Sfereco

Sfereco is set to open in early summer 2020 and the new location of Primo’s MX Kitchen & Lounge is set to open in summer 2020.