A spectacular new restaurant and bar is open in Arlington, and a smaller sidekick is coming soon.
The new restaurant above Choctaw Stadium, Hearsay, opened last weekend to sold-out reservations and crowds eager to see a multimillion-dollar restaurant in the former 10,000-square-foot Front Row Grill, 1711 E. Randol Mill Road.
Hearsay will open with a limited menu of steaks, seafood, lunch and brunch, but will eventually serve a long list of choices for lunch and dinner every day, including late night.
It is a partnership between Mayor Jim Ross, the neighboring Texas Rangers and Dallas-based Champions Club Texas, a spinoff from a California company that operates private members gaming and entertainment clubs.
Hearsay is billed as a “speakeasy-style” bar and lounge, but it’s a speakeasy on steroids, with a giant jazz nightclub along with a steakhouse overlooking Globe Life Field across Randol Mill Road.
It’s absolutely nothing like the old ballpark restaurant, which closed 20 years ago to make way for a buffet for the stadium’s Home Run Porch section.
When the elevator opens to Hearsay, your eyes must adjust to the dark entrance.
Even after they adjust, you won’t believe what you see.
The lounge is plush and decorated in deep, rich colours. There is a cigar bar and patio overlooking the field.
The dining room itself is brighter and faces Globe Life above Randol Mill. Only the outfield overlooks Choctaw, the old stadium now home to the Arlington Renegades pro football team.
Ross also owns Mercury Chophouse Arlington, a premium steakhouse overlooking the entertainment district from a top floor at 2221 E. Lamar Blvd.
in an earlier Star-Telegram interview, he said, “We need a place like this in Arlington where people can go and really enjoy themselves and have an upscale time with good food, a really nice band and all that stuff.”
One catch: Parking is free in the lots across Randol Mill Road — unless there’s a game.
Hearsay is currently open this week for lunch and dinner; 817-591-1700, hearsayarlington.com.
Zack’s Bistro opens
Also coming near Globe Life and AT&T Stadium: a wine bistro with steaks from a former partner in Mercury Chophouse Arlington.
Zacks Bistro will open in a strip mall at the corner of North Collins Street and East Copeland Road (Interstate 30).
It’s owned by Chophouse Fort Worth and Keller operator Zack Moutaouakil, a co-founder with Ross of the Arlington Mercury.
Zacks will have lunch specials like meatloaf or chicken-fried steak, but a “mini-Chophouse” menu at night, he said.
The location has been home to several small restaurants.
Zack’s will open by April, Moutaouakil said; zackbistro.com