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The Minds Behind a Beloved Dallas Italian Restaurant Will Open a New Mediterranean Eatery

Sister is headed into the iconic Greenville Avenue space formerly occupied by the Grape later this month

a plate of risotto topped with cured meat
At Sister, expect “Italian-ish” cuisine similar to that at the Charles, like this risotto with cured meat.
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Sister, a new “Italian-ish” restaurant with plenty of Mediterranean influence, will make its debut in an iconic Lower Greenville space later this month.

Sister will open at 2808 Greenville Avenue in late September. That’s the former address of The Grape, the 50-year-old Dallas institution that closed in 2018. Sister will be the sibling restaurant to Design District destination the Charles, which opened that same year. The new eatery will take on a Mediterranean vibe, with wood-fired meats, pasta, and other eats in a quirky, cozy environment.

Touches of the food menu at The Charles will carry over to Sister, which will serve loosely-inspired Italian dishes. A menu for the new restaurant is not yet available, but at Charles that includes dishes like panzanella salad with cherries, charred octopus with cannelini bean puree, crispy polenta with Aleppo creme fraiche and rosemary, and lobster gnocchi.

The drinks menu is likely to reflect that of Bar Charles, the drinking space behind Charles’s main dining room, with iterations on classic cocktails like the cold brew negroni and Italian Old Fashioned. Still, expect Sister to hold its own — in a 2020 interview with the Dallas Morning News, restaurateur Chas Martin said Sister will have “the DNA of the Charles” while maintaining its own identity.

Like the maximalist decor at Charles, the interior of Sister will also be a little bit extra. A press release refers to it as a “feast for the eyes,” draped in details like custom wallpaper and commissioned artwork. And in an homage to the legacy of The Grape, Sister will have the feel of a decades-old family-owned restaurant, with a collection of memorabilia that will give it a quirky, friendly vibe.

Sister is currently staffing up, with plans to open by the end of the month. When it debuts, Sister will serve dinner nightly, with brunch Friday through Sunday.