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A Houston Restaurateur Brings Southern Eats to Downtown Dallas

True Kitchen and Kocktails is set to arrive this summer

a plate of fried chicken, black eyed peas and macaroni and cheese
Elevated comfort food at True Kitchen + Kocktails
True Kitchen + Kocktails / Facebook

A new restaurant serving up Southern-style comfort food will soon open in Downtown Dallas.

True Kitchen & Kocktails will open later this summer in the historic Hart Furniture Building at 1933 Elm Street in Downtown. The restaurant is a project of Dallas native Kevin Kelley, who last year opened the popular chicken-and-waffles brunch spot Taste Bar + Kitchen in Houston’s Midtown. In Dallas, Kelley and his business partners undertook a major renovation of the Hart Building with the intention of leasing it out, before realizing they could fill a gap in Dallas’s dining scene.

“It became apparent that Dallas deserves a Black-owned restaurant in the central business district,” a press release announcing the opening reads. “We also hope that this concept will provide inspiration for others in food and beverage to develop and support Black-owned concepts. Not only do Black lives matter, but so do Black businesses.”

The True Kitchen menu promises a menu of Southern comfort food, including crispy fried chicken, shrimp and grits, braised oxtails, black eyed peas, and classic desserts like banana pudding and peach cobbler. The bar menu boasts summery cocktails like watermelon mojitos and spicy jalapeño margaritas. The space will also feature live music and DJs for the Sunday Funday brunch crowd.

An opening timeline for True Kitchen + Kocktails has not been set yet, but diners can follow the restaurant’s progress on Facebook and Instagram.