Restaurant-bar coming to Dallas’ Bishop Arts will go around the world

A Dallas hospitality professional who works at a bar in the Bishop Arts District is preparing to open another nearby. Dan Bui, co-owner of Krio, the Asian-inspired Cajun restaurant and bar on 7th Street, opens a new spot called Atlaslocated on the area’s main drag at 408 N. Bishop Ave. is located.

The building previously housed Strut, an offshoot of an Austin clothing store that closed in 2019. Bui is currently preparing the food and drink space and hopes to have it operational by the end of the year.

An atlas is a collection of maps that give a clue about the theme of the bar.

“The concept of Atlas will showcase the world in terms of food, drink and music,” says Bui. “We will have food and drink from all over the world.”

For example: German soft pretzel bites with cheese dip, sausage board and Cuban sandwich.

For the menu, Bui took inspiration from trips to Europe, where he would eat late into the night, and to Mexico City, where he would have tacos.

For the drinks, he worked with famous bartender Jesse Powell, who helped Bui develop a cocktail menu for Krio and does the same for Atlas.

Bui most recently owned Sisu, the resort-style bar and pool in Uptown Dallas, and worked on concepts such as Ghostbar and the original West Village social house.

He and his partner Connie Cheng opened Krio in June. Despite the current circumstances, what they attribute to the hiring is going great.

“Obviously, opening a restaurant during the worst pandemic in history is not the ideal time, but we love the Bishop Arts District,” he says. “The neighborhood is so great, it has such a positive atmosphere and the neighbors really support the businesses. It had a lot to do with why I wanted to expand in the area.”

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