NEW YORK, March 14, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —
The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SWRG) announced today that its new Dallas restaurant will open for business on March 17th on the
North Dallas Parkway at the Frankford exit.
Smith & Wollensky Dallas features the prime steaks, extensive wine selection, stunning decor, and exceptional service for which the original New York City steakhouse is famous. The new restaurant has a seating capacity of 300 people — plus 60 seats outdoors for those customers who prefer to dine under the stars.
The new Dallas restaurant offers the traditional Smith & Wollensky menu, including dry-aged steaks and desserts prepared in-house by award winning pastry chefs. Menu highlights include Bone-in Kansas City Cut, Prime Rib, 16 oz. Filet Mignon, Live Maine Lobster weighing in at two to five pounds, Mustard rusted Tuna, Creamed Spinach and Wollensky’s Famous Split Pea Soup. The restaurant will also feature a bar menu, with lighter fare and lower price points.
Smith & Wollensky’s wine list includes up to 650 selections, including wines from Robert Mondavi, Silver Oak, and Far Niente, with a 5,000-bottle cellar. The wine list is highlighted by fifty 1997 California Cabernets, a vintage that has been described by wine experts as California’s “Vintage of the Century.”
“We are very excited to be opening a Smith & Wollensky in Dallas, a city known for its high standards and discriminating taste for quality beef and fine cuisine,” said Alan Stillman, Chairman and CEO of Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group. “We have put together a team of restaurant professionals that I am confident will provide Dallasites with a terrific dining experience. I am really excited and honored to join this community of spectacular restaurants and great people.”
General Manager Darren McDonald and Executive Chef Tommy Elbashary will lead the restaurant. Chef Elbashary, a twenty-year veteran of steakhouses, has worked at Smith & Wollensky restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. “Smith & Wollensky is renowned for its dry-aging process,” said Chef Elbashary. “Smith & Wollensky has a sophisticated menu that will appeal to all palettes. In addition to our world famous steaks, we offer outstanding seafood, flown in fresh daily, including one of David Burke’s signature dishes, The Angry Lobster. We also serve a Crackling Pork Shank, which was named USA Today’s Dish of the Year in 1997.”