When local restaurant savant Tim McEneny decided to open another DISH location, he thought of it as expanding his family.
“It’s like having one child,” he said. “Isn’t it better to have another?”
The new DISH Preston Hollow is scheduled to open in late February at the northwest corner of Hillcrest Road and Northwest Highway. The original, located in Oak Lawn, will be renamed DISH Cedar Springs.
The idea for another location came a year ago at a kitchen table, when McEneny and an architect sketched out the “bones” of the new place. From there, the duo took it to consultants at Coeval Studio to “give the place a personality.”
McEneny, the front man of consulting firm NL Group, describes the feel of the new place as very modern, “all white and jammed with heavy woods.”
The Preston Hollow location is tailored to fit the clientele in the neighborhood, McEneny said.
“You have to come to your audience to get people to enjoy it,” he said.
For example, McEneny envisions an after-school happy hour so neighborhood moms can enjoy a glass of wine while their kids make s’mores around the restaurant’s fire pit.
Diners at the new DISH can enjoy a spot at a table or grab a stool at the massive 50-foot bar. In the back, McEneny is adding Alison Morse, pastry chef from Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck and Front Room Tavern.
Like DISH Cedar Springs, the menu will still be a collection of American classics with a gourmet twist. McEneny said roughly 75 percent of the menu at the new location will remain the same, but will allow room for the new chef to be creative.