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IdleRye Opening in Deep Ellum


IdleRye, a modern American restaurant with a focus on global influences, will open in spring at 2826 Elm Street in Deep Ellum. The concept comes from restaurant group Smoke & Mortar, which is led by Bruce Wills, Daniel Wills and Ray Skradzinski, owners of The Table in Flower Mound, and Tim Porter, CFO.

IdleRye’s cuisine will pull from each of the owners’ backgrounds –– Skradzinski’s Polish roots and the Wills brothers’ Louisiana upbringing –– to create rich, colorful dishes with a global flair. A variety of fresh, seasonal dishes will be offered, with a focus on small bites and housemade pastas and sausages. The menu will include appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees, sides and desserts. Brunch and late night menus will also be available. IdleRye’s drink menu will feature craft cocktails inspired by the prohibition era, wine by the glass or bottle and beer on tap.  

L to R: Bruce Wills (owner and operator), Daniel Wills (owner and operator), Ray Skradzinski (owner and chef)

Ray Skradzinski, Bruce Wills and Daniel Wills, veterans of Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, are the owners of IdleRye. Skradzinski will serve as the chef and Bruce and Daniel Wills will serve as the operators. IdleRye marks a return to Dallas for Bruce Wills and Skradzinski, who worked for several years at Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty in Reunion Tower.

The meaning behind the name IdleRye comes from a combination of idle, to spend time relaxing, not engaged in work or activity, and rye, the grain used to make whiskey.

“Our focus at IdleRye is to create well-rounded experiences through outstanding food, drinks, hospitality and service,” said Bruce Wills. “As the name suggests, we want our guests to sit back and enjoy our food and drinks without a worry in the world.”

The 3,400-square-foot restaurant will have 900 square feet of patio and seat approximately 110 inside and 40 outside. Additionally, there will be a courtyard behind the restaurant with cafe-style seating.

Bruce Wills worked side-by-side with Kuzuu Design, the interior and architectural design company behind local restaurants like FT33 and Tei-An, to create the restaurant’s design, which is inspired by rustic and steampunk influences with raw metals, wood, Edison-style lighting and pipe fittings. The building will feature original brick from the ‘80s.

IdleRye will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. The restaurant will hire approximately 60 part-time and full-time positions. Hiring will begin in the immediate future.

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