New Restaurant from Del Frisco’s founder Dale Wamstad To Debut Next Month
Veteran restaurateur Dale Wamstadt plans to open Four Sisters Cafe on April 18. It’s his first big new restaurant in years. And it’s not a steakhouse.
Wamstad, who founded the Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse concept in New Orleans in the late 80s then teamed with Dee Lincoln to expand the concept in Dallas, says the new restaurant will be a mix of “true American” cuisines, which I’m not even going to pretend to understand. (Honestly, I don’t think Wamstad does, either; the menu is “under development” and he was mum on offering examples of menu items.)
In addition to Del Frisco’s, Wamstad also helped develop the Silver Fox and Cool River restaurant concepts. He is no longer an investor or partner in either, though a nearby Silver Fox sits on Wamstad’s land.
Veteran restaurateurs Robert Brown (most recently of Hibiscus) and James Rose (most recently of Brownstone) are leading the management team. Like Wamstadt, they are unusually guarded about the menu, allowing only that there will probably be a steak or two, some seafood, salads, a few sandwiches– all designed around the theme of “indigenous” American foods and flavors. (Nope, I don’t know what that means either.) Four Sisters will be open for dinner only, seven days a week, with a targeted per-person check average of $45. Sunday brunch is in the works, too. The restaurant will seat 325 people.
Though the finish-out is just starting, the place looks pretty cool: lots of natural light, a big patio and balcony, private dining rooms, black granite floors, iron work painted aqua green and butter cream, semi-open kitchen, lots of wine storage. There’s a big bar, too. Check out the balloon light fixtures.
Four Sisters takes its name from a diptych of paintings Wamstad purchased from a Santa Fe artist. The two panels will hang front-and-center, over the fireplace. They feature four tawdry women and a man in drag. Wamstadt says the guy in drag is him–“See, he has the same tatoo on his leg as I do,” he tells me. And the four women? They supposedly represent four women who are (or have been) influential in the restaurant criticism scene in Dallas. Can you guess which four?
Four Sisters Cafe is under construction at the southwest corner of Jupiter Road and George Bush Tollway in Plano.
To learn more, Follow me on Twitter @MikeHiller and on Facebook MikeHillerDallas