Flower Child restaurant sibling Culinary Dropout to debut in Dallas

A new restaurant from a highly successful restaurant group debuts in Dallas: Called Culinary abandonmentit’s a laid-back gastropub with an offbeat rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere, comfort food and cocktails, and it opens in Dallas’ Design District.

The opening is a long way off: According to a statement, it will debut in early 2024 at The International, an upscale exhibition center at 150 Turtle Creek Blvd.

Culinary Dropout is part of Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC), the same group that owns North Italia, The Henry and Flower Child, all of which have locations in town. dallas love fox concepts.

FRC was founded by Sam Fox, a restaurant whiz who has created a dozen brands that also include out-of-Dallas concepts like Zinburger, Blanco Cocina + Cantina, and Doughbird.

In a statement, he says the concept is a good fit for the Design District. “I was inspired by the new growth and development in this area, it’s just a really cool place,” he says.

Food
The Culinary Dropout menu contains a forward-thinking mix of meals made with an attitude that includes:

  • Pork ribs slow-roasted for 36 hours and drizzled with jalapeño BBQ sauce
  • Spicy Buffalo Wings
  • Fried chicken drizzled with honey
  • Soft Pretzels with Provolone Cheese Fondue

Drinks
Cocktails include homemade syrups, infused liquor and freshly squeezed juices, including:

  • El Matador with añejo tequila, elderflower liqueur, ginger agave and orange bitters
  • Room service with gin, lemon, strawberry and sparkling wine

Atmosphere
The concept is said to exude an irresistible welcome, with an eclectic mix of rockstar art, grand chandeliers and leather cabins. It includes a stage for live music and TVs for sports, and is included for families, date night, a quick beer, or after-work meal and drink.

There are eight Culinary Dropout locations: six in Fox Restaurant Concept’s home state of Arizona, plus one in Denver and one in Austin, which opened in 2016.

According to Fox, Dallas will be the first location with a rooftop bar, which will undoubtedly offer views of the Dallas skyline.

Setting
The International on Turtle Creek is an architectural icon and adaptive reuse office/showroom project established in 2005 that has made a name for itself in the showroom space. It was acquired by Quadrant Investment Properties (QIP), a Dallas real estate investment firm that focuses on adaptive reuse and development projects in urban centers, in 2021.

QIP founder Chad Cook said having a flagship restaurant like this was a priority.

“The International’s acquisition strategy was centered on attracting a world-class food and beverage operator,” Cook said. “From the start of the project, Culinary Dropout was the perfect fit for this space. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Sam Fox and his team.”

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