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January 2020- Dallas

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76 BY LISA COLLINS SHADDOCK. PHOTOGRAPHY CHRIS PLAVIDAL. The Annie Cafe & Bar W ith its sophisticated design and impressive collection of art, the new Hall Arts Hotel fi ts perfectly into the center of the Dallas Arts District. The hotel's multipl e dining and lounge venues have created opportunities for arts patrons to stop in for a pre-show bite or glass of Merlot (owners Kathryn and Craig Hall also own Hall Wines out of Napa Valley). But what's really helped breathe new life into the District is the hotel's beating heart: Ellie's. Named for Craig Hall's late mother, the restaurant, designed by HKS Architects with interiors by Bentel & Bentel, merges fi ne dining with a sense of warmth — all inspired by a remarkable w o m a n . " S h e was a German i m m i g r a n t , a s t r o n g - w i l l e d a n d p o w e r f u l woman, an artist, a teacher, one of the fi rst women to enlist in the Navy in World War II, and in the years afterward, she was always the one to bring the family together for different occasions," says executive chef Eric Dreyer, who spent hours speaking with the Hall family about Ellie, and put her stamp on everything in the restaurant, including the menu. He has mastered no fewer than fi ve of Ellie's cookie recipes that were passed down through the family, and a fried chicken appears on the menu, inspired by Chicken in the Rough, one of the fi rst fried chicken chains in the U.S. and a favorite of Ellie's. Dreyer, a Texas native who was most recently personal chef to Oprah, has enjoyed putting a nostalgic spin on the elegant seasonal American menu. In addition to elevated takes on 1940s and 1950s dinnertime staples (dishes that count Campbell's soup as a key ingredient) and a culinary spin on the TV dinner, more traditional dishes include handmade pappardelle pasta with asparagus, mint, and Serrano peppers; burrata and butter- lettuce salad with La Quercia Iowa prosciutto, cherry tomato, basil pesto, and aged balsamic; and, for breakfast, Bubbie's Benedict: poached eggs with shaved corned beef and crème fraîche, served atop a potato latke. Ellie's, 1717 Leonard St., 214.953.1717, THE ART OF DINING INSPIRED BY AND NAMED FOR HALL ARTS HOTEL OWNER CRAIG HALL'S LATE MOTHER, ELLIE'S RESTAURANT SERVES A NOSTALGIC TASTE OF AMERICA. Ellie's restaurant at Hall Arts Hotel Bubbie's Benedict Handmade pappardelle Burrata and butter lettuce salad with aged balsamic Ellie's lounge

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