Openings and Closings

Parterre is Now Open in Downtown with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Cocktails

Parterre is Now Open in Downtown with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Cocktails
Lauren Drewes Daniels
Parterre is a new cafe now open in downtown Dallas along Elm Street in Santander Tower on Elm Street, the building with the big WeWork logo on one side. This beautiful new space is a concept from Mike Mettendorf, who also owns State Street Coffee in the State Thomas neighborhood and La Reunion in the Bishop Arts District. This new cafe will offer coffee and breakfast in the morning and cocktails and small bites for lunch and dinner.

Parterre means “on the ground” in French, but in a press release it's also the namesake of ornamental French gardens and was later adopted to describe “the standing room found abreast vintage theatre stages.” The owner chose this specific name to reflect the “historic theatres that once lined Elm Street in downtown Dallas, as well as to highlight their love of plants," according to a press release.
click to enlarge Parterre's interior is light-filled and open. - LAUREN DREWES DANIELS
Parterre's interior is light-filled and open.
Lauren Drewes Daniels
Parterre will offer a full menu of coffee and espresso made with a La Marzocco espresso machine. They use single-origin beans roasted in-house and by their local partner, Novel Coffee Roasters.

For morning pastries, they’ll serve goods from La Casita Bakeshop.

For the menu, Parterre will cure and smoke their own meats. “From the kitchen, expect brisket and house-made-bacon tacos in the morning, jambon beurre and smoked salmon for lunch, then visit in the evenings for elegant apps, entrees and charcuterie,” according to a press release.
click to enlarge The exterior view of Parterre, which is on the ground floor of Santander Tower. - LAUREN DREWES DANIELS
The exterior view of Parterre, which is on the ground floor of Santander Tower.
Lauren Drewes Daniels
Once they get settled in, we'll for sure take a look. The space is beautiful and open with a lot of indoor dining space.

Parterre, 1601 Elm St., Suite 120. Weekdays 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekends 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.