Graham Dodds Named Culinary Director of The Statler


The Statler, an iconic downtown Dallas development set to open this fall, announces it has partnered with Dallas-based Epic F&B, LLC to concept and operate all hotel food service, including managing the hotel’s five restaurant and bar outlets, catering, ballroom/event space and room service.

Epic F&B will manage and operate approximately 58,000 square feet of space at The Statler, The Statler will feature five unique food and beverage outlets, each conceptualized by Epic F&B, which will be compelling additions to downtown Dallas. Local chef Graham Dodds will head all kitchen operations as the Culinary Director for Epic F&B. Dodds’ involvement in this partnership comes full circle as he served as the original chef at Bolsa, a restaurant conceptualized and owned by partners of the Epic F&B team. 

The Statler’s six food and beverage venues include:

OVEREASY – serving farm-to-table breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and featuring a gourmet coffee bar, counter seating and patio on Commerce Street overlooking Main Street Gardens

SCOUT – a 12,000 square foot social space offering a scratch American menu with shareable items and craft beer on tap. Scout will feature live music, flat screen televisions, four bowling lanes, four Ping-Pong tables, billiards tables and foosball.

FINE CHINA – a full-service lunch and dinner Pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail bar, featuring sake, Japanese whiskies, high tea, communal seating, private rooms and weekend DJs

BOURBON & BANTER – underground cocktail lounge with an extensive bourbon and whiskey library, and craft cocktails; Open from 4 p.m. until late

WATERPROOF – a poolside roof deck bar & lounge, situated on the 19th- floor, offering 360-degree panoramic views, weekend DJs, resort-style service and craft cocktails

GRAND BALLROOM – a nearly 12,000 square foot flexible space that will play host to A-list concerts, large-scale events, and will be downtown’s premiere wedding destination; Full of history, this ballroom once featured performers including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Michael Jackson

Epic F&B was formed in 2016 as a collaborative partnership between two Dallas-based companies, Turn The Tables Hospitality and Plan B Group, Inc.

Turn the Tables Hospitality, owned by restaurant wunderkinds Chris Zielke and Christopher Jeffers, is the think tank behind some of Dallas’ most popular and beloved restaurants including Bolsa, Bolsa Mercado, The Foundry, Chicken Scratch, The Theodore, Smoke, Smoke Plano and Bar Belmont. Epic F&B partner, Todd Conger, former CEO of Uncle Julio’s and Operations Chief for Turn the Tables Hospitality, will lead day-to-day operations at The Statler.

Plan B Group, Inc., is a hospitality design firm led by principals Royce Ring and Alexander Urrunaga, known for designing and creating some of the most successful brands in Dallas and beyond. Notable brands in Plan B Group’s portfolio include Velvet Taco, Whiskey Cake, Mexican Sugar and Pie Tap Pizza Workshop & Bar. Ring & Urrunaga also co-own Pie Tap Pizza Workshop & Bar.

Additionally, Ring, Urrunaga, Zielke and Jeffers, co-own Bolsa and Bolsa Mercado.


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