Yesterday, Eats Blog contributor Joyce Saenz Harris Beyond Stuff and More wrote that her three-syllable-named colleague Sheryl Jean reported that the leasing team of CB Richard, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm (in terms of 2007 revenue), announced that Stephan “With-An-A”‘ Pyles, one of Dallas’ premier chefs, is opening a new restaurant called Samar. This is a curious development in the restaurant business–commercial real estate people announcing restaurant openings without including the restaurant-covering media. Guess they need all the good news they can get these days.
(photography by Kevin Hunter “Gatherer Miss” Marple)
I’m not taking anything away from these folks–I’m happy to see Pyles stimulating the downtown economy and appetites. I guess I just craved a little bit more information about the soul of the place. Like maybe something about the food? Oh wait, it says right here: “International Tapas menu with views of downtown skyscrapers.” Jump for hard news. (Grammar police, be damned.)
CB Richard Ellis Announces New Restaurant, Samar by Stephan Pyles,
at 2100 Ross Avenue in Downtown Dallas
2100 Ross has 92% Occupancy and Synergies with Arts District
Dallas – September 25, 2008 –the future site of Samar by Stephan Pyles, a 2,800-square-foot restaurant which will be located at the 2100 Ross office building in downtown Dallas and will face north on Ross Avenue with indoor and outdoor seating. This will be the second Stephan Pyles restaurant concept within DFW and will be jointly owned by Stephan Pyles, George Majdalani and Michael Welch. Construction on the restaurant will commence at the end of 2008.
Senior Vice President Dennis Barnes and Vice President Celeste Fowden, of CB Richard Ellis are the leasing team at 2100 Ross on behalf of the co-owners, Moinian Group and SMA Equities, who purchased the building in 2007. During the past year, the occupancy of the building has increased from 75% to 92%. Tenants include Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, Haas Petroleum, PNL Asset Management, NFJ Investments, Dale Operating Company, Clark Consulting, and Prudential Mortgage Capital. Jack Gosnell of UCR represented Stephan Pyles and Malcolm Ross with GVA Cawley partnered with CBRE to represent the landlord for this transaction.
“We are excited to welcome Samar by Stephan Pyles into the building,” says Fowden. “2100 Ross already has a great synergy within the Dallas CBD and it will continue to draw on the momentum of the Arts District and the proposed Woodall Rodgers Deck Park. Our building won’t just be a place to work; it will be a destination for business professionals and visitors in the area.”
Mr. Pyles’ latest restaurant concept will feature an “International Tapas” menu with views of downtown skyscrapers, the Cathedral Guadalupe Catholic Church, the new Rem Koolhaas Wyly Theatre, the Belo Mansion and the Winspear Opera House. The terrace, which fronts on Ross Avenue, will seat 35 and the main dining room will seat 60 people.
“Our new location is in sync with the direction the downtown Arts District is moving,” says Pyles. “In the restaurant business we strive to create an experience for every guest; 2100 Ross offers both a recognizable address and the high-energy atmosphere we were looking for. This will be a much needed addition to our already thriving business located at 1807 Ross Avenue.”
About Stephan Pyles
Stephan Pyles, Esquire Magazine’s 2006 Chef of the Year, was the first Texan to win a James Beard award. Over the last 25 years, he has created 14 restaurants, published four cookbooks and produced an Emmy-Award winning PBS television series. He has been credited by Bon Appétit with “almost single-handedly changing the cooking scene in Texas” and in 1998, Texas Monthly listed him one of the 20 most influential people in Texas. His latest restaurant, the eponymous Stephan Pyles, is a highly stylized dining experience offering a showcase for his “New Millennium Southwestern Cuisine”. Diners who expect the unexpected will be delighted. Please visit www.stephanpyles.com for more information.
About CB Richard Ellis
CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles,). With over 29,000 employees, the Company serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through more than 300 offices worldwide (excluding affiliate offices). CB Richard Ellis offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. CB Richard Ellis is the only commercial real estate services company named one of the 50 “best in class” companies by BusinessWeek, and was also named one of the 100 fastest growing companies by Fortune. Please visit our Web site at www.cbre.com.