Stephan Pyles Restaurant Will Move Into New Craig Hall Arts Center in Downtown Dallas

Stephan Pyles and Craig Hall at the Meyerson Symphony Center (photo by Christine Perez)
Stephan Pyles and Craig Hall at the Meyerson Symphony Center (photo by Christine Perez)

At the Hall Arts Center’s groundbreaking ceremony this morning, which is taking place at the Meyerson Symphony Center right now, Stephan Pyles just announced that he’ll be moving his eponymous restaurant into Craig Hall’s 18-story building that to be built on Flora Street. Construction on the structure begins today in downtown Dallas, and media members are over there trying to get details. D CEO’s managing editor, Christine Perez, sent me an email twenty minutes ago speculating some big restaurant plans after she spotted Stephan Pyles at the event. This tweet from Catherine Cuellar confirms that Pyles does have some big news: He’s moving his restaurant, currently located on Ross Avenue, to the Hall Arts Center in 2015. I wonder what will fill the old Stephan Pyles Restaurant space?

This means two of Pyles’ restaurants—Samar and Stephan Pyles—are/will be undergoing some serious remodeling this year and the next.

[Update: Christine Perez says that the new name of the building will be KPMG Plaza at Hall Arts.]

[Update #2: Christine Perez has more on the story:

The new Stephan Pyles will be smaller than the original. “I have a Texas-style brasserie (Stampede 66) now, so the exciting thing about moving to Craig’s project is that we can down-scale and do a smaller, 90-seat restaurant, and offer a dining experience that you just can’t offer in a 160-seat, plus 40 on the patio restaurant,” Pyles said.

It also will pay tribute to one of his first restaurants—Routh Street Cafe, which was around from 1983-1993. Pyles said he’s often asked if he’ll ever revive the concept. “You can’t recapture that, and I don’t want to,” he said. “But you can pay homage to it, and that’s what I want to do, in terms of design and style. … It will be 30 years this fall, so I think it’s time.”]


  • mrEmannE

    Something tells me that unless he gets outbid, there will be ANOTHER Stephen Pyles concept in his current space. Stephen is not short on imagination.The space, while compact, has good frontage and visibility. He probably won’t want to let it go. JMO

    • Carol Shih

      Half of me believes you’re right, but why would he move Stephan Pyles two streets down when he could’ve just opened a new concept in the Hall space? This might mean he is giving up his spot on Ross.

  • Anne

    Mark Lamster might suggest a Lexus dealership.

  • Edward Willey

    Yet another high priced luxury restaurant in the Arts District block….probably good for Mr. Pyles but not what we really need there. Nothing in One Arts, currently, appeals to me. Just ok Mexican…slow service for kinda French-ish bistro fare…lackluster Italian and a weak wine list at Fedora…expensive Japanese noodles. I would like to see a better range of restaurants, especially now that SP is moving next to the Meyerson. A Cafe Express would do a huge business down in One Arts or in Mr. Hall’s new building, since the corporate guys would patronize it and arts patrons needing a quick meal before a show would be able to nosh. A La Duni or similar restaurant would be good – coffee, bakery, great bar, good and interesting but still accessible food. It would be really great to have a truly legit wine bar down there.

    • Anne

      I fear the rents are too high for middle of the road restaurants that would appeal to alot of patrons looking for something relatively inexpensive and fast. Too bad.

    • Corky Luxembourg

      How about a Burger King or Denny’s? A Cracker Barrel would do very nicely there. Forget about the high rent!

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