Del Frisco’s Grille Eyes Expansion

Staff Writer
Del Frisco’s Grille Eyes Expansion

Del Frisco’s Grille Eyes Expansion

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group has opened the second unit of its smaller, more casual Del Frisco’s Grille in Dallas.

The company opened the first unit of the concept in New York in August, and divulged plans for additional Grille restaurants in Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

Mark S. Mednansky, chief executive of the Southlake, Texas-based company, said Del Frisco’s is nearing leases for the Grille in at least one additional city. The company is also considering offering breakfast in the Washington location and plans to offer weekend brunch, a first for the steakhouse operator.

“In D.C. we’re going to do morning. We think this will be the first time we do breakfast,” Mednansky said. “There’s a need for a great power breakfast in D.C. where we’re going. So we’re going to have breakfast, we’re going to have brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night. With this brand, I think we’re going to experiment with a whole bunch of dayparts.”

In Dallas, the 8,100-square-foot restaurant seats about 230 on two levels, each with its own bar, Mednansky said. The two bars distinguish the restaurant from the original, which opened in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.

“We’re going to stay with two bars, but in Phoenix, we’re going upstairs. We’re going to do a rooftop bar,” Mednansky told Nation’s Restaurant News on the Dallas unit’s opening day.

Watch a video of Mark Mednansky talking about the new unit.