The healthy fast-casual sector continues to swell in DFW, and the latest arrival should be popular with downtown office workers: Gather Kitchen, a "customizable, fast-casual dining experience using 100 percent whole foods" that opens Monday, Aug. 21, in Thanksgiving Tower, according to a press release.
Designed for people in a hurry, Gather, a concept from "female culinary entrepreneurs Soraya Spencer and Nicki Hamilton," encourages diners to build customizable bowls made with "all-natural meats and proteins, which are designed to be paired with a range of generous bases including fresh vegetables and complex carbohydrates," according to the release. "The customizable dishes are then topped with Gather Kitchen’s signature sauces, all of which are handmade daily without any sugar or additives. Guests can then add toppings and vegetables to create an artisanal, homemade meal prepared before their eyes from start to finish."
The menu is filled with plant-based options like zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, sweet potato noodles and basil-cashew pesto. The restaurant will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Its bright, modern 2,400-square-foot space is part of Thanksgiving Tower's $37 million renovation, which also includes Ascension Coffee, the local shop that opened its third location in the building in May.
Gather Kitchen, 1601 Elm St.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.