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Eats Beat: Dee Lincoln raises the steak stakes in Cowtown

Posted 5:00pm on Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

Dee Lincoln is coming back to Cowtown.

Known for her steaks and Stock Show support as a Del Frisco’s executive, Lincoln will open her third Dee Lincoln Steak Barnext year in Museum Place.

“It’s the right time and Fort Worth is the right place for what I want — a cute little casual steakhouse,” she said this week.

The Cultural District location on West Seventh Street will be 5,300 square feet and seat 180 diners. It’s the first Steak Bar built from the bare walls out, and will be the prototype for her steak-and-burger-grill concept, she said.

“I want to be the neighborhood restaurant,” she said.

“I’ve talked about coming back for a long time. This has a very honest feeling I think Fort Worth will love.”

Dee Lincoln Steak Bar started as an upscale burger concept in Dallas and Plano, but the steak side of the menu proved popular.

Fellow Del’s alumnus and frequent business partner Dain Adam Jones of Grace called Lincoln the “queen of steaks.” The two have partnered to support Stock Show charities and buy Grand Champion steers.

“She knows beef as well as anyone in the Dallas or Fort Worth market,” Jones said.

“The Steak Bar isn’t trying to hit a high price point. It’s about great steaks and a casual evening.”

Lincoln texted back a postcript: “Tell Fort Worth to expect prime steaks like the old days and that I’m proud to build a place to feel at home.”

Dee’s is expected to open by mid-2015 at 3280 W. Seventh St., on the corner at Arch Adams Street by the urban-design 7-Eleven.

More for Museum Place

Museum Place is about to become a restaurant place.

Mico Rodriguez, the founder of Mi Cocina and Taco Diner, already announced that he will open a new Mesero in Museum Place near Van Cliburn Way, a few doors east of the Steak Bar.

The refined Mesero concept opened a few weeks ago in Dallas’ Inwood Village and quickly made a name for its chicken enchiladas, spinach-artichoke queso and a selection of cocktails.

The restaurants will join Eddie V’s Prime Seafood and Blue Sushi Fort Worth in the emerging development.

Banh landing at DFW

First, Super Chix in Arlington redefined chain chicken sandwiches, fries and frozen custard.

Now, Kentucky-based Yum! Brands is testing yet another new chain concept: Banh Shop Asian Street Food.

The new Banh Shop is a team effort with Arizona-based P.F. Chang’s and Pei Wei. It’s a casual take-out Asian cafe, featuring banh mi sandwiches.

The first Banh Shop will open any day now in DFW Airport near Gate D31, replacing the tired Blue Bamboo.

(Speaking of Pei Wei, the chain has spicy Sriracha tuna rolls, mango California rolls and salads, along with smaller portions of its familiar dishes.)

Six10 goes sunny-side up

Downtown has one less affordable lunch cafe.

The Six10 Grille at the Ashton Hotel now serves breakfast only, after its takeover by the Dallas-based investors who also own the Hilton Fort Worth.

The Six10 had developed a lunch following for its $10 combos and the “Mayor Betsy’s” salad. Investor Warren Buffett praised the chicken-fried steak.

The restaurant and fireplace were also popular for holiday meals and Christmastime afternoon tea. No word yet if any will continue.

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