Joseph Tillotson, owner of the Barley House, Eastside Grill and Muddy Waters, has just signed a lease for space at 1525 Main Street, one of the oldest (circa 1890s) buildings in Dallas' central business district. There Tillotson plans to launch The Metropolitan, a two-story, 5,000-square-foot restaurant and bar. "We're going after what would really be a very traditional urban bar, very much like the big city neighborhood bars in New York and San Francisco," he says. A tough prospect for a patch of Big D that has yet to bear any resemblance to a big city neighborhood, no matter how much you drink and practice hailing cabs on the corner. Joining Tillotson in this urban hankering is chef Tony Knight, formerly of Lombardi Mare, North South and his own Aransas Pass, which once occupied the space where Tillotson's Eastside Grill now resides. Knight will craft an upscale New American menu, which should be ready for digesting August 1.
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