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The Saint Is Coming to Find Out Just How Much Italian Food Dallas Can Handle

Plus, a German beer garden and the Anchor Bar plan openings, and more in this week’s dining intel

On a rectangular black plate, a bone-in steak and fresh pasta with tomato sauce are plated for The Saint.
A preview of the meat and fresh pasta program at The Saint.
Hooper Hospitality Concepts
Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

It’s obvious that Dallas had a shortage of great Italian food for years, but the city may be all set now. The Saint will open in that no man’s land just north of Deep Ellum, specifically, the former Two Sisters space at 2633 Gaston Ave., will open in the fall with its Italian menu. It promises fresh pasta, dry-aged steaks, and options for vegetarians and vegans (so that last bit is a change from the rest). The design will be a “saints and sinners” theme with modern art, according to a press release, so whether you’re a cupid or more of a demon, you’ll feel right at home.

Gemütlichkeit comes to Richardson

Er, if you’re not sure what gemütlichkeit means, it’s “a state of conveying a feeling of warmth, friendliness and belonging”: That’s what a new German beer garden plans to bring with its opening in the fall. In other words, “the Matthew McConaughey-Texas vibe,” owner/operator Kirk Hermansen said in a press release. The Old 75 Beer Garden will be a casual and family-friendly spot with design influenced by how we utilized space in the wake of COVID — meaning lots of outdoor seating (15,000 square feet worth) in a welcoming biergarten atmosphere with live oaks, and more than 50 drinks on tap.

Anchors away

The folks behind Hudson House and Drake’s at Vandelay Concepts are opening a new place in the Knox-Henderson area in early 2023, with a second location in Preston Hollow to follow, it announced in a press release. The Anchor Bar will bring Dallasites a new seafood option that is fairly intimate, with 40 seats in the dining room and another 30 on the patio. It will feature an oyster program, but the cuisine here will have an infusion of West Coast flavors. The drinks menu will focus on classic cocktails — meaning your frosty martini will be served at just the right temp. And the Anchor Bar will feature a sushi bar, a first for this restaurant group.

This is the future 7-11 fans want

Ever stop into 7-11 and wish you could stay awhile? The chain is trying out some of what they call “evolution” concepts to test run new products and ideas. And in one store at 13635 Preston Rd. in Addison, that means a 7-11 with a patio. Culture Map Dallas reports that patrons can take a seat to enjoy frozen margaritas and beer on tap, along with the brand’s own Laredo Tacos. There’s also a self-serve espresso machine if you’d prefer to hang with a non-alcoholic option.