Harwood plans to open a big Dallas hotel with a prime steakhouse next year. For now, though, their energy is focused on Te Deseo, a new Latin inspired restaurant that’s now open
Harwood Hospitality Group is on a roll. A division of mega developer Harwood International, the group owns a good chunk of real estate west of downtown Dallas. Now they’re adding their eight restaurant to the mix.
Tomorrow night, they debut Te Deseo, a 14,000 sf Latin- and Tex-Mex-inspired restaurant whose focus is on shareable plates, big dishes (including Allen Brothers prime steak), and late-night cocktails.
The menu is ambitious. The cocktail bar carries 100 tequilas and mezcal. The chef? Ty Thaxton, who most recently ran kitchens at The Keeper and 60 Vines.
At Te Deseo, Thaxton joins two other 60 Vines veterans who decamped for Harwood: Nora Shields and chef Stan Rodrigues, both hospitality power players. Prior to that, Thaxton led the kitchen at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown after stints at Ritz-Carlton Cancun and Capalla Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, so this place shows promise.
The location? 2700 Olive St. next to Happiest Hour, an immensely popular (and profitable) Harwood venue. For now, Te Deseo says they are only accommodating guests with reservations, but it could be worth a pop-in.
Then next year, Harwood has plans to open an even glossier project – a splashy new hotel with a prime steakhouse.
Yes, we have our fair share of steakhouses in Dallas. But trust me: the area can accommodate – and fully book – even more good ones. Dallas is a steakhouse town.
Oh, and another big-name Dallas restaurant group is getting into the steak game, too. I’ll have more to say shortly, but another prime steakhouse is headed our way in a familiar location.
photos: Harwood Hospitality/Rob Underwood