If you've grown fond of the delicious tandoor baked bread served at Stephan Pyles' Samar, you better start eating a lot of it. A renovation of the first two floors of the building that hosts the restaurant will force its closure this July.
The renovations will bring a new fitness facility, new conference centers, an upgraded lobby and a bocce court to 2100 Ross Ave., but it's also keeping Dallasites from one of downtown's best restaurants -- and there's no telling how long.
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Lisa Endicott, who handles publicity for Pyles' restaurants, says the construction teams haven't told the restaurant group when they'll be finished with the project. Then she sent me a statement from Pyles that indicated it likely won't be till later in the fall.
The good news is the restaurant will likely be improved when it's re-opened. The dining room will be larger, the bar will be longer, and the patio is getting a facelift too. I'm excited to see what happens to the place, and I'm sure Pyles will reinvigorate the menu for the second opening. But in the meantime I'm craving a warm shawarma sandwich, just as it's served now.