Five-Sixty, the 200-seat Asian-influenced restaurant atop Reunion Tower is scheduled to open in late January. We’re happy to have a new chick chef, Sara Johannes, in Dallas and we’re glad Shawn Horn, the force behind Kitchen 1924, will have a steady paycheck. Jump for all of the glorious details. As anticipation grows for the launch of “Five-Sixty by Wolfgang Puck,” Chef Puck’s debut fine dining restaurant in Dallas, the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group announces the two leaders of its team. Sara Johannes, who will serve as Executive Chef, and Shawn Horne, as General Manager, will bring their passion and expertise to Dallas’ skyline restaurant atop Reunion Tower.
Sara Johannes, a graduate of Saint Paul College with an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts, joins the Dallas team after four years at 20.21, Puck’s Asian restaurant at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Working alongside the group’s talented chefs – including Managing Partner and Corporate Executive Chef Lee Hefter – Johannes honed her skills and quickly graduated from line cook to sous chef. Upon hearing of the opening of Five-Sixty, Johannes jumped at the opportunity to become Executive Chef and share her expertise and Chef Puck’s philosophy.
“I am excited to introduce Dallas’ sophisticated audience to the Wolfgang Puck concept of fine dining,” says Johannes. “Chef Puck is known for his use of fresh ingredients and bold flavors, something that I am eager to showcase in our innovative menus.”
Shawn Horne, a familiar and revered face in Dallas’ dining scene, is a 20-year veteran of the restaurant industry. Following his studies at the University of Toledo, Horne moved to Dallas where he learned his management skills at some of the city’s finest restaurants, including the five-star rated Abacus, where he served as manager and wine buyer, and Ferre Restaurant, as operator and partner. Most recently, Horne opened and operated Kitchen 1924, his first dining establishment.
“I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with one of the most respected chefs and restaurant groups in the world,” says Horne. “I have spent years in this market managing restaurants to the highest standards, and I look forward to introducing Dallas diners to the unforgettable food and fine dining experience offered at Five-Sixty in Reunion Tower.”
Five-Sixty, Wolfgang Puck’s latest restaurant, features 200-seats and two bars in the rotating dining room atop Dallas’ 560-foot-tall landmark Reunion Tower. Guests will enjoy Chef Puck’s signature Asian-influenced cuisine while taking in the stunning 360-degree views of Dallas. Five-Sixty will open in late January for dinner service; lunch service will begin shortly after opening.