Happiest Hour Re-Opens Food-Forward vs Bar on Monday, November 16

Happiest Hour, one of Dallas’ most popular destinations, is reopening their doors as a food-forward restaurant on Monday, November 16 with redeveloped menus created by new Executive Chef, Molly Winkler running the kitchen with front of house managed by Jillian Clark. 

Accompanied by a noteworthy beverage program featuring signature cocktails, wines on tap, and a large beer selection, Happiest Hour places an emphasis on food now more than ever. 

Chef Winkler (formerly of Sixty Vines) says, “Our mantra is to go big or go home. As the elevated all-American dining destination in the District, we offer a larger-than-life, indoor/outdoor experience with big flavors from a menu that’s 90% house-made. We’re proud to deliver a higher level of quality and unmatched service for our guests.”

She continues, “I’m happy to be a part of the ‘young gun’ family of chefs that Harwood Hospitality Group has assembled. Being part of a strong culinary team is exciting as is bringing my creativity and passion to a menu that will keep guests coming back for more at Happiest Hour. I can’t wait to see how Dallas diners take to it.”

With nearly everything made in-house, Happiest Hour is open for dinner and drinks with brunch also served on the weekends. Starters include house-made Pepperoni Flatbread, Buttermilk Breaded Fried Pickles, and more.

The new menu offers a robust new salad program including the Chicken Caesar Flatbread Salad – fresh romaine, Parmesan cheese, grated hardboiled egg, bread crumbs, and house-made Caesar; Avocado Crab Salad with mango and jalapeño pico de gallo, frisée, crostini, and chipotle crema also house-made daily; along with the refreshing Ginger Kale Salad with baby kale, ginger dressing, toasted walnuts, goat cheese, Mandarin oranges, cranberries and red onion. 

Hearty sandwiches include the signature D4K Burger, a dry-aged short rib and brisket burger with sautéed mushrooms, bacon onion jam, poblano aioli, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, and tomato; the classic Happy Burger, a double stacked, dry-aged short rib and brisket burger with jalapeño, tobacco onion, cheddar, bacon and Happy Sauce; to a comforting Ooey Gooey Grilled Cheese with cheddar and gouda cheese and homemade roasted tomato soup like mom used to make. 

Entrées offered with the re-opening menu with plans to build on are: Roasted Chicken, house-brinedwith broccolini and orange glaze as well as Smoked Brisket Tacos with house-smoked brisket, corn tortillas, onion, cilantro, cojita cheese, Haas avocado, salsa verde, and lime. 

Round out the menu with Chef’s house-baked recipes of Strawberry Shortcake or the Brookie.

Chef Winkler offers what is sure to be one of Dallas’ best brunch lineups with crave-able Breakfast Tacos on corn tortillas with scrambled eggs, chorizo sausage, onion, cilantro, cotija, Haas avocado, salsa verde and lime; Pecan Pie Pancakes loaded with cream cheese butter, pecan pie syrup, whipped cream, and candied pecans; Avocado Bacon Benedict onTexas Toast with  Haas avocado smash, tomato, radish, poached egg, Hollandaise, bacon, and breakfast potatoes; Crab Cake Benedict with house-madejumbo lump crab, poached egg, Hollandaise, asparagus, and breakfast potatoes with poblano butter; and fan favorite Banana Pudding French Toast featuringhand-battered vanilla wafer toast, layered with vanilla pudding, topped with Bananas Foster syrup and whipped cream. 

Happiest Hour originally opened as Harwood Hospitality Group’s largest concept in 2015 featuring two levels, four bars, more than 25 flat screen TVs, and a lively environment for fans of sports, nightlife, and music. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Harwood Hospitality Group’s talented team is working to re-open all nine concepts in the Harwood District in a phased approach with refreshed, serious food-forward menus. Happiest Hour offers interior, patio, and lawn dining. Drinks are served throughout the space including on the rooftop.

About Harwood Hospitality Group

Harwood Hospitality Group is one of the fastest-growing divisions of global real estate firm Harwood International. This group drives the innovative experiences that come to life through a growing collection of restaurants in the Harwood District. Harwood Hospitality Group features catering and a portfolio of nine restaurants: Dolce Riviera, Happiest Hour, Harwood Arms, Magnolias: Sous Le Pont, Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens, Mercat Bistro, Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar, Te Deseo, and The Grove at Harwood. New culinary experiences are still in development in this Walk to Life’ neighborhood. Harwood International is currently under development on a 22-story boutique hotel, which will also be operated by Harwood Hospitality Group. 

All Harwood Hospitality Group concepts are returning to safely serve with the Harwood Cares programme. Concepts currently offering dine-in with complimentary self-parking and safely distanced indoor/outdoor seating are Magnolias: Sous Le Pont and Mercat Bistro. Harwood Hospitality Group’s sought-after event venue Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens is open for private events only. Per guidelines to best protect yourself, other guests, and fellow associates, guests are required to wear protective face coverings to the greatest extent possible when drinking and dining at Harwood Hospitality Group concepts and while exploring the District.

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