Posh New Piano Bar and Restaurant The Kennedy Will Tout Chic American Vibe

Posh New Piano Bar and Restaurant The Kennedy Will Tout Chic American Vibe

Rendering to the bar at The Kennedy, set to open later this summer

A NEW RESTAURANT said to have “refined, classic cuisine in an elevated, cocktail-lounge experience to Montrose and River Oaks” is opening soon, says a rep for the new eatery. A piano bar will be part of the vibe.


The Kennedy will bow later this summer in the former Emmaline space on West Dallas near the intersection of Waugh Drive. Partnering with Prime Meat Markets, the kitchen will serve up premium cuts as part of its menu of shareable plates. Expect also “a range of hand-crafted cocktails, an impressive international wine and Champagne list, creative mocktails, and more,” adds the rep.

The name purposely invokes JFK, to call to mind a crisp, classic American energy — hip Americana in the form of meaty snacks and posh environs. Chef Adriana Maldonado’s offerings will also include wagyu beef tartare, foie gras, a wagyu smash burger and caviar service.

For ambiance, The Kennedy will make fine use of its expansive 7,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor setup. There’s a large central marble bar, a sexy dual-sided fireplace and a design scheme that aims for warm, cozy, upscale and ’60s-savvy. There will be a live soundtrack, as music — singers, pianists and late-night lounge DJs — is also on the menu.

“I’m excited to bring a restaurant and lounge with beautiful and classic interiors, attentive service and delicious, bitesize food to River Oaks that bucks the current trend-driven restaurant and bar designs,” said Andres Castro of Ninety3 Hospitality Group, the firm behind the new restaurant. “Paired with a world-class beverage program and diverse live music, The Kennedy will be a day-to-late night destination that feels like an energetic extension of your home.”

For her part, Chef Maldonado likened The Kennedy experience to that of a luxury boutique hotel restaurant and bar. “The Kennedy will merge the sophistication and elegance of River Oaks with the energy and artistry of Montrose,” she said.

Andres Castro

A sketch of The Kennedy's exterior

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