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Chef Stimulates Tastebuds, Downtown Dallas Economy

Stephen Pyles opens his second Dallas restaurant

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    Samar is on the edge of downtown Dallas.

    World-renowned chef Stephan Pyles now owns two restaurants within two blocks of each other in downtown Dallas.

    At a time when many restaurateurs have been steering clear of downtown Dallas, Pyles is embracing it.

    “I like to be a part of a new burgeoning movement,” Pyles said. “I knew the arts district was about to pop, five, six, seven years ago when I started looking down here.”

    His newest creation is Samar, on the edge of downtown Dallas.

    “It’s a long time in the making, but perfect timing,” Pyles said. “We are right in the middle of the opening of all the new arts venues.”

    The new AT&T Performing Arts Center is just days from opening it's doors to the public.

    ”Starting next week, this whole area will be transformed with all the gala openings, wall-to-wall traffic and people," Pyles said.

    And Texas' top chef is predicting it will be a recipe for success.

    "I tell people Dallas will finally be becoming the city we thought we were," Pyles said.

    Pyles said the prices at Samar are recession-friendly. There is nothing on the menu that costs more than $12.

    The restaurant will also stay open until 2 a.m. to accommodate diners after opera and theater performances.