Michelin-Star Chef to Open Modern Italian Restaurant and a Sushi & Cocktail Lounge Experience

Danny Grant, a two-time Michelin-starred chef and the visionary behind one of the country’s top steakhouses, Maple & Ash, is excited to bring his latest restaurants, Monarch and Kessaku, to The National, located at 1401 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75202. Monarch will be a wood-fired modern Italian restaurant, while Kessaku will feature a luxury sushi experience. The restaurants are slated to open in Spring 2021 and will be located on the 49th and 50th floors of The National which is located alongside the new Thompson Dallas.

“We are thrilled to bring Monarch and Kessaku to Dallas. This market has been on our radar for a long time, and finally, we have the right partners and the perfect location to bring our concepts to life,” said Chef Danny Grant. “Our partner, Todd Interests, the developer of Thompson Dallas/The National has been incredibly wonderful to work with. They know and love Dallas, and their commitment to the city is amazing.”

Monarch will be a wood-fired, modern Italian restaurant that will serve handmade pasta, steaks, and grilled seafood. The overall approach to preparation is light, fresh, and technique-driven. The heart of the restaurant is the wood-fired hearth where guests can expect to find fresh prawns charred to perfection alongside wood-fire roasted artichokes and octopus a la plancha.  The menu also features large-format dishes to be shared amongst the table, from whole, live Alaskan king crab to a 50 oz. porterhouse steak charred in coals.  

Located within The National alongside the new Thompson Dallas, Monarch’s expansive, elegantly designed space is the ultimate expression of luxury dining in Dallas. The interior design firm, Simeone Deary and Heidi Lightner Architects, worked hand-in-hand to bring to life the two-level space centered by a grand staircase and flanked by a towering wine cellar and private dining spaces. Monarch will be located on the 49th and 50th floor of The National.

Located directly above Monarch, Kessaku is a lavish sushi and cocktail lounge centered around high-end ingredients, high-quality seafood, warm and delicate rice, and an extensive collection of sake. The menu offers nigiri, sashimi and an array of eclectic rolls. The sushi sits alongside a progressive cocktail menu that is approachable yet sophisticated and fun.

For more information on Monarch and Kessaku, please visit Monarchrestaurants.com and Kessakurestaurants.com or follow on Instagram at @monarchrestaurants and @kessaku.

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