When the original Dallas Statler Hilton opened in 1956, it was heralded as the first and finest hotel of the modern era and helped establish Dallas as the business and entertainment center of the Southwest. The hotel boasted many firsts for the hotel industry, such as elevator music and custom TVs in every room—and the city’s first and only heliport.
The hotel currently is being redeveloped by Centurion American Development Group and will become The Statler Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton, when it opens in October (16 years after closing). Aimbridge Hospitality is the operator of the hotel.
This week the hotel announced the food-and-beverage component of the 159-room hotel, which also features 219 upscale residences.
Dallas-based Epic F&B, a partnership between two Dallas-based companies, Turn The Tables Hospitality and Plan B Group, will plan and operate all hotel foodservice, including managing the restaurants, bars, catering, ballroom/event space and roomservice, according to Culture Map Dallas.
Local chef Graham Dodds will head all kitchen operations as culinary director, and Epic F&B partner Todd Conger, former CEO of Uncle Julio’s and operations chief for Turn The Tables Hospitality, will lead day-to-day operations at The Statler.
Here are the planned venues, according to D Magazine:
Overeasy. Serving farm-to-table breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and featuring a gourmet coffee bar, counter seating and a patio.
Scout. A 12,000-square-foot space with a scratch American menu, shareable items and craft beer. Scout will feature live music, flatscreen televisions, four bowling lanes, four Ping-Pong tables, billiards tables and foosball.
Fine China. Full-service lunch and dinner Pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail bar, featuring sake, Japanese whiskies, high tea, communal seating, private rooms and weekend DJs.
Bourbon & Banter. Underground cocktail lounge with an extensive bourbon and whiskey library, plus craft cocktails.
Waterproof. A poolside roof deck bar and lounge situated on the 19th floor, with 360-degree panoramic views, weekend DJs, resort-style service and craft cocktails.
Grand Ballroom. A nearly 12,000-square-foot flexible space that will host concerts, large-scale events and weddings.