The new Uptown Dallas restaurant-bar TBD, located at the corner of McKinney Avenue and Hall Street, has an opening date: August 11. In the kitchen is new-to-town chef Jesse Ragon; on the service team are models from the Campbell Agency, “adding an extra dose of attractiveness to this unique concept,” according to a release.
That unique concept is a full-service restaurant that transitions into a high-energy lounge at night, making it a “one-stop destination for people to enjoy good food, good drinks and lively dancing in a polished setting.”
An address on McKinney Avenue that has remained vacant for an inexplicably long spell will soon be home to a restaurant-bar called TBD that promises to take brunch to a whole new level.
TBD will open at the corner of McKinney and Hall Street, in a space that was formerly home to a bar called Republic. It’s been unoccupied for five years, despite an enviable location in the thick of Uptown.
Owner Alex Marko says that TBD takes its inspiration from the nightlife scene in Los Angeles and New York.
“It’s an after-work spot where you can go for drinks or dinner, and also grab a table to lead into late night, with bottle service,” he says. “It’ll be a high-energy place with a food program that’s strong enough to hold its own, with the contributing factor of being on McKinney and Hall. Location’s everything.”
Marko, who owned a club in Detroit before moving to Dallas to assist in the opening of Scotch & Sausage (now Le Taco Cantina), notes that nightlife is heading away from the traditional club and bar categories and more toward hybrid restaurant-bars. “Our food program is strong enough to be called a restaurant only, and our nightlife program is strong enough to stand on its own as well,” he says.