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October 19 , 2011

Manuel

Manuel

Uptown will get another upscale dining option in the first quarter of 2012 when Manuel’s Creative Cuisine opens in The Centrum, a 19-story office, condominium, and retail tower at 3102 Oak Lawn Avenue. The restaurant is taking over 4,000 square feet vacated by Bengal Coast, an Asian fusion restaurant that closed about six months ago. It will be the first U.S. location for Manuel’s, led by noted chef Manuel Arredondo and his wife, Virny. The couple run a restaurant of the same name in Cabo San Lucas. Despite the owners’ and the restaurant’s Mexican heritage, Manuel’s won’t offer Mexican fare, said Mitch Traub of The Retail Connection, who negotiated the direct deal. “That’s what everyone always asks,” says Traub, who assures that the Cabo location will also remain open. He says the restaurant will offer a five-star, chef-driven menu that changes seasonally—sometimes even weekly—at the whim of Chef Manuel, who studied under Chef Gualtiero Marchesi, the first Italian chef in history to receive three Michelin Stars, and whose experience includes catering President George H.W. Bush’s 75th and 80th birthday galas. “There’s nothing like it here,” Traub says of Manuel’s. The restaurant’s Cabo San Lucas location is popular among Dallasites who vacation there—including Judge Ray Robinson, a resident at The Centrum. Robinson alerted the Arredondos to the available space in Uptown, and encouraged them to expand in Dallas. The couple worked with Traub to secure the space. “It’s not right-up front on the street like a Mi Cocina; it’s a little hidden,” says Traub, noting similarities of the future site to Manuel’s first location in Mexico’s historic Ajijic in Chapala, Jalisco. “It’s a jewel of a location, and that’s what they liked about it.” Also in The Centrum, Winston’s Supper Club, a Euro-style lounge, is slated to open later this month.
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