Vandelay Hospitality Group, the hyper-growth restaurant company behind local favorites such as Hudson House, D.L. Mack’s and Drake’s adds a brand-new restaurant concept to its roster in North Dallas, recently opened on July 7th, 2022. Brentwood, Vandelay’s sixth restaurant concept, brings an updated take on classic American dining. “This restaurant location is an icon of Dallas dining, and when we were offered the opportunity to continue the tradition that Houston’s established, we jumped on that offer.” said Hunter Pond, Vandelay’s Founder & CEO, “Brentwood is a classic Vandelay styled brand with its warmth, inviting atmosphere, anchored in sophisticated American style. We think the neighborhood will love it as much as it did the previous tenant.”
The 6,800 square foot interior, formerly occupied by the last standing Houston’s restaurant in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, features an expansive covered patio and a sprawling oakwood bar that flows into the interior. Readers will no doubt fondly remember the iconic Houston’s location in Addison which closed in mid-2020, at the height of the pandemic, after 40 years at the address near 5318 Belt Line Road. We are excited to see how the new concept compares.
The decor, punctuated by black tufted leather booths, lime washed brick archways and equestrian themed artwork throughout evokes a sophisticated lounge vibe. The atmosphere may feel exclusive, but everyone’s welcome at this elevated take on neighborhood dining.
The menu offers elevated twists on American classics. Starters include sushi favorites, chicken meatballs in roasted yellow mole sauce and the Brentwood salad featuring shaved brussels sprouts, almonds, and lemon vinaigrette. Other notable highlights on the menu include three different kinds of Burgers (“The Classic” with L-T-O-P, American, mustard & mayo, “Hickory” with cheddar, crispy onions, jalapeños & barbecue sauce, and “Vegetable” with a brown rice veg patty, white cheddar & miso aioli), the French dip, slow-roasted prime rib, San Francisco ribeye, Durango chicken and, for dessert, a chocolate silk pie and wild berry cobbler, both baked in the on-site bakery.
Fans of Vandelay’s famous cocktails won’t be disappointed with Brentwood’s drink menu and wine list. Staple selections include the Espresso Martini, a fusion of top shelf vodka and almond espresso, and the 50/50 Martini, made with gin, vodka and Lillet. Bartenders are specially trained to shake until optimal frost temperature is reached before serving; if it doesn’t frost the glass, it doesn’t go out!
ABOUT VANDELAY HOSPITALITY GROUP:
Founded by CEO Hunter Pond in 2012, Vandelay Hospitality Group is rooted in developing restaurant brands and services that evoke a combination of rich American heritage, exquisite craftsmanship, eye for detail, and timeless charm. Concepts are framed with the local community at the forefront, often reviving former food and beverage spaces to match and add to the character of the neighborhood. Each property is designed in-house with polished eclecticism paying mind to aesthetics and a comfortable and timeless experience for all to enjoy. The Vandelay portfolio of sit-down and casual concepts include East Hampton Sandwich Co., Hudson House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Drake’s Hollywood, Lucky’s Chicken, D.L. Mack’s, and Brentwood. Vandelay’s dedication to honest food and world-class service is built upon commitment and respect to employees and guests.