If we had a quarter for every story about the glory days of Deep Ellum, we’d probably have a much easier time parking down there today. At the center of many of those tales is the late, great Green Room, a restaurant-slash-den of iniquity where the coolest of cool wined and dined (and wined some more and then moved on to the harder stuff) from the nineties through 2006.
Since then, the downtown-adjacent entertainment district has fallen into something a slump. With today's reopening of the famed Green Room, managers Taylor Allday and Zenon Oprysk and chef Joel Harloff officially jump on the Ellum reinvention bandwagon.
"We felt that Deep Ellum was ripe for a turnaround," says Allday, who, along with Oprysk, was part of the restaurant's management team back in the day. "And since the original Green Room closed with such good will, we believe its rebirth will be a significant contribution to an overall neighborhood revival."
The trio promises a return of “Deep Ellum’s favorite gourmet pizzas” and the Green Room’s praised wine menu, as well as those infamous Feed Me/Wine Me chef’s dinners.
Starting today, the restaurant is accepting limited reservations for dinner Tuesday through Saturday during its soft opening phase. Regular dinner hours of 5 to 11 P.M. begin next week. Throughout the month of August, there'll be complimentary wine or B.Y.O.B.
Finally, in a departure from the past, the Green Room will also offer weekday lunch service, starting in the fall. Really? Something for folks who don't rock and roll all night and party every day?
Looks like a certain restaurant did a little growing up during its hiatus.
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