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Sloane’s Corner, an all-day restaurant with a New York vibe, now open in downtown Dallas

Sloane’s Corner is in the Trammell Crow Center on Ross Avenue in Dallas.

A breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant called Sloane’s Corner opened Monday, Nov. 11 in the ground floor of the $140-million renovated Trammell Crow Center project in downtown Dallas. Sloane’s Corner is named for restaurateur Tim McEneny’s 7-year-old daughter, Sloane.

He’s been considering opening a restaurant there for about five years, ever since he heard about the development while chatting with fellow parents at a kids’ birthday party. He made plans to do the project three years ago and is now counting down the days until the restaurant can serve the 3,000 businesspeople who office in the renovated building above the restaurant.

“We call this a hotel restaurant. And it’s 100 percent occupied Monday through Friday,” says Tim McEneny, founder and CEO of NL Group. The restaurant isn't technically attached to a hotel, but he explains that the breakfast-lunch-dinner flow should feel like a hotel restaurant.
“We call this a hotel restaurant. And it’s 100 percent occupied Monday through Friday,” says Tim McEneny, founder and CEO of NL Group. The restaurant isn't technically attached to a hotel, but he explains that the breakfast-lunch-dinner flow should feel like a hotel restaurant.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

McEneny says he wants Sloane’s Corner to feel like a New York spot: urban, busy and almost always open. For breakfast, he took inspiration from The Regency Bar & Grill and Sadelle’s in New York City.

The restaurant is a snug 3,200 square feet that uses every foot of space for high-top tables, low-top tables and a grab 'n go counter — all with sight lines to the open kitchen in the back.

“We carved in every spot we could," McEneny says.

The restaurant is modern but subtly soft, with rose-colored chairs among steel fixtures.

Sloane's Corner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here's the Cobb salad with buttermilk dressing.
Sloane's Corner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here's the Cobb salad with buttermilk dressing.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

The menu changes throughout the day, always selling American bistro fare that McEneny calls “good, approachable food people can identify with.” There’s even a kids’ menu — and it would be strange not to have one in a restaurant named after an elementary-schooler — decorated with Sloane’s colorful artwork.

The bar at Sloane's Corner is located in the middle of the restaurant.
The bar at Sloane's Corner is located in the middle of the restaurant.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

McEneny has hopes of Sloane’s Corner being used as a breakfast meeting spot, where people gather for a French press, a bagel and a chat with a colleague. It’ll be the kind of place where it’s OK to ask for the wifi password.

At lunch, most diners can get a meal for $15 or less. Options include salads and appetizers like yellowtail crudo or beef tartare, or heartier plates such as a spicy fried chicken sandwich, turkey pastrami club or whole-wheat rigatoni with pork ragu.

Happy hour will start at 2 p.m. — goals, am I right? — for folks like the Goldman Sachs employees upstairs who start and end their days early. Happy hour includes bar bites like burrata toast, smoked chicken wings and fried pork ribs. A cocktail menu of $7 drinks at happy hour includes essentials like a margarita, sazerac, Manhattan and vodka mule. Drinks come from bartender Ravinder Singh, who has impressed diners at restaurants around town like Rapscallion, Macellaio, Beverley’s and RM 12:20.

Former RM 12:20 bartender Ravinder Singh mixes a sparkling rosemary and sage mocktail. Mocktails are all the rage in Dallas-Fort Worth right now.
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At dinnertime, prices go up to about $20 to $25 per plate and follow the “something for everyone model,” with a burger, a healthy fish and vegetables dish, and bigger plates like short rib and striploin. McEneny’s team also operates Dakota’s Steakhouse in downtown Dallas, and he’s using his meat purveyor Allen Brothers at Sloane’s Corner.

Beyond Dakota’s, McEneny has a deeper history in downtown Dallas, having operated Obar back in 2003 when the neighborhood was a riskier choice. He says he’s happy to be back. McEneny also operates Jalisco Norte near the Park Cities; he formerly operated The Front Room and Dish.

He says Downtown Dallas is “better today than it was a year ago. It constantly changes its appearance.”

Sloane’s Corner is at 2001 Ross Ave., Dallas.

Original story published Nov. 7, 2019.

Sloane's Corner is expected to open Nov. 11, 2019.
Sloane's Corner is expected to open Nov. 11, 2019.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

Sarah Blaskovich, food writer. Sarah writes about restaurants, bars and culture in Dallas. She also appears on NBC5 twice a week. Follow @sblaskovich and ask her what to do, where to eat or where to drink in your 'hood.

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