Restaurant America Pushes On: Central Standard to Open September 27 in Dallas’ Design District

centralstandardRestaurants America, a group out of Chicago, invaded Dallas in late 2011 and leased spaces for five restaurants: Mockingbird Taproom, Townhouse Kitchen & Bar, Boca Chica, Townhouse Kitchen & Bar, and Park Tavern. Mockingbird Taproom, Townhouse Kitchen & Bar, and Boca Chica have already closed, but RA has plans to open Central Standard on Friday, September 27 in the Design District (1400 Hi Line Drive). Here’s a link to the menu filled with wings, burgers, sandwiches, and “a daily mac.”

According to an employee of one of the closed restaurants, the company is in massive trouble, and there are rumors it is about to be sold. He/she also says both Prime Bar and Park Tavern are on “life support” and “checks are bouncing.” Danielle Abril over at the Dallas Business Journal reports:

“The closures come just three months after Restaurants-America’s Mockingbird Taproom shut down and roughly two weeks after two lawsuits were filed against the company in Chicago that allege it had not paid a supplier and a construction contractor.”

Perhaps Central Standard in the Design District will be their one hit. Former Boca Chica chef, David Reyes, and Tim Heavey, former VP of Operations for Restaurants America have moved to Nashville where they are working together on Boca Loca Cantina.

Press release below.

From the restaurant group that brought Primebar and Park Tavern, comes their newest Dallas location, Central Standard. Located in the Design District, this hot new concept opens it’s doors on Friday, September 27th  marking the first location in the state of Texas for the Chicago based gastropub.

Central Standard is located at 1400 Hi Line Dr. and can accommodate up to 500 guests across the dining area, private dining room, bar area and 2 patios.

Central Standard was inspired by the part of the country operating under Central Standard Time and invites you to enjoy the rustic interior with warm woods and sculptural light fixtures while dining in the oversized leather banquets or grab a quick bite at the bar with friendly bartenders.

The neighborhood gathering place features upscale, chef-inspired food, signature cocktails and a selection of more than 45 beers on tap, including several local craft beers.  The restaurant’s gastropub fare includes a wide array of appetizers, salads, lunch and dinner entrees, including new daily specials inspired from Poutine to Midwest Beef all the way down to the Gulf Coast.  All of the dishes tell a unique story.  This concept hosts an entire menu dedicated to featuring fare inspired by the Central Standard Time Zone. Try the New Orleans enthused 16 oz Blackened Ribeye, served in a hearty combination with grilled asparagus and whipped mashed potatoes; a Fried Green Tomato BLT salad, served with applewood bacon and buttermilk ranch, or the BBQ Pork Wings tossed in KC BBQ with spicy peanuts and sweet potato shoe strings. End your meal with Gooey Chocolate Cake, made with marshmallows, ice cream and chocolate sauce. Take a trip down memory lane with the classic Root Beer Float. Tip from the top? Spike it and add your favorite liqueur! For a full menu and additional information, please visit  The kitchen will be open daily until 11pm.

Central Standard is the perfect place to host your next event or meeting and is the ideal destination for lunch, dinner and cocktails. Central Standard opens September 27th at 11am and will remain open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.- midnight.