Lexy’s New Local American Restaurant Opens August 15
Lexy’s new local American restaurant will open August 15 in the Trinity Groves restaurant district. My husband and I recently attended a preview party at the beautiful and very girly new restaurant and bar, which looks like it was perfectly set up for Instagram-ready photo ops.
Lexy’s opens for lunch and dinner on August 15, offering American fare, locally sourced Wagyu, and produce from Profound Farms. The concept is influenced by the experiences and travels of husband and wife restaurant team Julian & Alexa (Lexy) Rodarte.
Alexa “Lexy” Rodarte
“In 2016, I met Julian shortly after leaving my corporate marketing role and started working with him to build the Beto & Son brand, then started advising restaurants in different cities,” says Alexa Rodarte, chief marketing officer of Trinity Groves. “After spending a lot of time away from Dallas, we knew we wanted to create our first concept entirely together in Trinity Groves, which led to Lexy’s. This new concept is a compilation of the life experiences Julian and I have had together, including our adventures around the world.
Culinary director Aubrey Murphy (formerly at the Knife Steakhouse under executive chef of Michelin-star chef John Tesar) and Lexy’s are planning a menu focused on affordable yet sophisticated dishes. They will showcase fresh seafood, Texas Wagyu and seasonal produce from their favorite local North Texas farmers like Profound Farms.
Guests at Lexy’s can enjoy appetizers including a Wagyu Hot Rock, a play on Avocado Toast with Tuna, Avocado & Brioche, Crab & Lobster Cakes, and Brisket Stuffed Avocado Croquettes. Admission will include a variety of delicious items, such as a 32 oz. Tomahawk for two for $89, weekly specials on Texas Wagyu steaks and a 24-hour brined half-roasted chicken. They will also be offering delicious seafood dishes like Lexy’s Shrimp Fried Rice or Snapper whole prepared in two ways: fried in tempura and pan-fried.
Delicious sides to Lexy’s will include Lexy’s Potatoes, a play on Potatoes Pave; a harvest of seasonal vegetables from local North Texas farmers; lobster macaroni and cheese; and more. Customers will want to leave room for desserts, including donuts, Tres Leches bread pudding, and a chocolate heart with chocolate covered strawberries. The menu is completed with sandwiches, patties, soups and salads.
Phil Romano says: “I have known Julian all his life and watched him grow over the years. This concept feels like the natural evolution of his growth as a restaurateur and the growth and new direction of Trinity Groves. He knows what young Dallas diners want and what intrigues them most. I think there are a lot of exciting experience moments that Lexy’s has to offer the Dallas restaurant community.
Lexy’s Craft Cocktail Menu
The cocktail menu, under the direction of Lexy’s Chief Operating Officer, Sofia Martinez, will bring a contemporary approach to the beverage program, influenced by the conversations and experiences Alexa has shared with Martinez over the years. Blending traditional and innovative techniques, the cocktail menu will feature colorful and vibrant libations as well as handcrafted specialty cocktails. This includes their CBD-infused “High Tea,” which is a blend of chai tea, coffee, and tequila infused with cocoa nibs, served in a vintage china teapot billowing with dry ice smoke.
An innovative feature of Lexy’s is their interactive champagne vending machine which allows customers to order their Moët & Chandon sparkling wine at the touch of a button.
“Over the past two years, Alexa (Lexy) and I have worked in over a dozen restaurants in five different states and have spent time traveling Europe and Central America studying and researching cuisines. These experiences led to the idea of Lexy’s – a restaurant where we could use the techniques and experiences learned from our travels to offer a menu with food sourced from the best local farms and suppliers,” says Julian Rodarte, CEO of Trinity Groves Restaurant Group. .
“Phil taught me that eating should be a moment of experience and not just a means to an end. I strive to create these key experiences in every restaurant I create. We like to think of Lexy’s as a place where “everyone is anytime, any day”. Whether it’s dinner for a business meeting, a quick and healthy lunch, or a romantic date with your partner, we know Lexy’s will transcend our customers’ needs, appetites, and desires. We’re excited to bring an experience that we know the people of Dallas will never forget,” he said.
Creator John Paul Valverde
Lexy’s will offer a 4,700 square foot space that includes an elegant and spacious 141-seat dining room with a 15-seat bar and a 2,500 square foot patio that seats 125 people. Designed by John Paul Valverde of Coevál Studio, Lexy’s modern Regency interiors feature floral-patterned wall coverings and upholstered seating with pastel pink and baby blue fabric that adds a splash of color to the moody space. Whimsical feather chandeliers provide an intimate, yet playful ambiance for guests. Additional interior elements include dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows separating the main dining room from the covered patio and accent lighting.
Lexy’s is located in the heart of Trinity Groves at 3011 Gulden Lane in Dallas, and will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, please visit trinitygroves.com.
The booming entertainment district is located in West Dallas across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, just outside of downtown. The neighborhood was formed by Phil Romano, Stuart Fitts and Butch McGregor in 2014. Trinity Groves restaurants have produced many of Dallas’ brightest culinary stars.
Trinity Groves Restaurant Group is a Dallas-based restaurant company whose portfolio includes: Beto & Son, Cake Bar, Holy Crust Pizza, Kate Weiser Chocolate, St. Rocco’s New York Italian, Sum Dang Good Chinese and The Art Park. The group is defined by its experiential and innovative concepts. Julian Rodarte leads the group and has three new concepts planned for 2022.