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Lyla Brings the Coast of the Mediterranean to Uptown Dallas

Plus European aperitivo in the West Village and an automated pizza-making robot takes over Frisco in your A.M. intel

A bar space with tan walls and warm wood accents also features barstools with wooden legs and navy blue seats.
Get swept away into Lyla.
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.

A small spot named Lyla is coming to Uptown in the space formerly occupied by Primo’s MX Kitchen and Lounge. This Mediterranean-focused spot plans to open in August by channeling the vibes of Santorini, Mallorca, or St. Barths. A press release kept the secret of what is on the menu fairly broad, listing “specialty dips, crudo and pizza, plus farm-to-table salads, pasta and wood-grilled fresh fish, chicken and steak plates” along with a cocktail program. The kitchen will be helmed by Cristhofer Sanchez, who has worked for Mario Carbone (yes, of that Carbone), Tyson Cole of Uchi, and José Andrés, who heads up World Central Kitchen and the man credited with bringing small plates to America. That resume might give you more of an idea of what to expect.

Colette brings the cocktails

Over in the West Village, a new restaurant coming in late summer promises to satiate any appetite for cocktails and small bites with a European flair. Colette was dreamed up by Brandon Cohanim of Namo and Ruben Rolon, and according to the press release, is “[i]nspired by a cultured, chic, and eclectic woman who traverses the streets of Europe.” It’s always interesting when men imagine a woman to telegraph an aesthetic onto, isn’t it? Anyway, Rolon is creating the cocktail program following his work at Michelin-starred spots, including L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Miami and Le Jardinier Miami. Again, according to a press release, the vibe will be: “European spirits pursuing a science-forward cocktail process including steps of ingredient preservation, fermentation, and clarification as key tools to creating an inspired beverage selection.” Okay, we’re ready to be inspired.

ChatGPT, but make it pizza

If news about AI worries you, let’s talk about one way it could improve life: when it learns to make your pizza. Robo Pizza has come to Frisco. Pizza Jukebox and Red Mango got together and hatched an idea for a pizza place with frozen yogurt, automating the creation and delivery right into your waiting arms. Why? Why not.

Find Robo Pizza at 16066 Texas 121 in Frisco.