Local Hotel Swaps Out Tex-Mex for Steakhouse


A picture of the historic Statler hotel | Image by Hotel Business

A landmark hotel in Dallas is swapping out its in-house Tex-Mex restaurant for a new steakhouse.

Prior to permanently closing its doors on Sunday, Primo’s MX Kitchen & Lounge operated as one of The Statler Hotel’s main in-house dining options. Now, restaurant management company Refined Hospitality Concepts wants to revitalize the space into a contemporary steakhouse called LVI — the roman numeral for 56 and a name symbolic of the hotel’s past.

The Statler in Downtown Dallas was first opened in 1956 as a luxury hotel featuring a 1,001-room layout, a convention center, and a performance hall. The latter attracted famous performers, such as Frank Sinatra and The Jackson 5.

Today, the historic hotel has expanded to include a 14,000-square-foot ballroom, a 7,000-square-foot meeting space, two rooftop swimming pools, and a soon-to-be LVI Steakhouse, which is scheduled to open in May, according to a news release reported on by Dallas Culture Map (DCM).

“We know that our hotel guests, the residents of our 219 apartments, and our downtown Dallas neighbors will make LVI their go-to destination for special events,” said Adam Gollub, who oversees general management at The Statler, in the release.

The Dallas Express contacted both Gollub and Refined Hospitality Concepts to request more details on the planned LVI Steakhouse and to receive a copy of the official news statement. However, Gollub and Refined Hospitality were not immediately available for comment.

Food prep and kitchen management at LVI will be handled by Chef Leo Morales, who sees LVI as a contemporary steakhouse featuring prime-cut steaks served with “an array of hand-crafted side dishes,” DCM reported.

Other dining options at the Statler include an American-Italian restaurant called Sfereco, as well as Overeasy, which serves classic American cuisine from breakfast through lunch.

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1 month ago

It doesn’t matter what they put in that spot, if they don’t have better service than they gave at that Primo’s it will not survive. It would take 30 minutes to get someone to wait on you then another 30 minutes to get your drink!

1 month ago

I also think Elvis stayed there.