Starting today, diners exploring Dallas’s ever-changing Knox-Henderson area will notice something different about Up On Knox. The sign is revised and now says Knox Bistro. Founder Stephan Courseau and chef and partner Bruno Davaillon hatched a plan to turn up the French influence, and the makeover brings some critical transitions to the neighborhood gem.
The French-born Davaillon, who joined the restaurant in 2021 and is Dallas’s only Michelin-starred chef, has been a driving force in the evolution of the bistro.
“Up on Knox was already a successful and well-liked neighborhood restaurant with a very French vibe... It made total sense for two Frenchmen to embrace the menu’s evolution and take it to the next level,” he tells Eater Dallas, adding that he always thought of Up On Knox as more of a bistro than a French restaurant.
The menu at Knox Bistro will include some crowd favorites along with several new and decidedly French additions. The leeks and mustard salad, mussels gratin, and chocolate souffle are some of Chef Davaillon’s favorites. However, he’d love to see Dallasites try out the weekly sweetbread dish or the couscous in a tagine, the latter of which is ideal for sharing.
Another key addition is the addition of a new executive chef, Joshua Sutcliff. His resume includes being named one of Zagat’s top 30-under-30 influential restaurant professionals in Dallas. He formerly worked at FT33, Filament, and Mirador, as well as Local Jones in Denver. Sutcliff and Davaillon also worked together at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.“His energy and passion for food will do wonders at Knox bistro.” Davaillon says to Eater Dallas.
Davaillon remains grateful to his loyal patrons for supporting them throughout the pandemic. He remains optimistic, saying even though much of the restaurant industry is still facing labor shortages, “it pushes us to be more creative on how to operate.”
Knox Bistro is located at 3230 Knox St #140 in Dallas and is open weekdays at 11 a.m. and on weekends at 9:30 a.m.