Cafe Duro wine bar and cafe brings European charm to Greenville Ave Dallas


There’s a new cosmopolitan market-coffeeshop-wine bar open on Greenville Avenue: Called Duro Coffeeit comes from Duro Hospitality, whose portfolio includes beloved restaurants The Charles, Bar Charles and Sister, and is open at 2804 Greenville Ave., conveniently adjacent to its sister restaurant Sister.

According to a statement, Cafe Duro is designed as a unique cafe and wine bar that will add charm and character to the neighborhood, serving as a classic European-style street cafe with a traditional Italian espresso counter, standing bar tops , and window seats.

They also offer intriguing food products, on the spot or to take away: from Italian panini to homemade pastries, pasta, sauces or a bottle of wine.

And they have long hours: sip an espresso or an Aperol Spritz and enjoy a pizzetta on the terrace every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Menu highlights include:

• Mia Nonna Sausage Kolache
• Pickled Blueberry Danish
• Coffee cake with olive oil
• Polenta Cup with Meatballs and Jalapeño for Breakfast
• Mortadella Muffaletta
• Vegan panini with artichokes
• Pizzetta with pepperoni and Brunt’s honey

Café Duro’s design was inspired by Renzo Mongiardino’s design of Ristorante da Giacomo, evoking an early 20th century Lombard trattoria, and features custom wallpaper and design elements from Sees Design.

Even the most culturally oblivious surely know that Ristorante da Giacomo is the legendary restaurant in Milan that Mongiardino designed for owner Giacomo Bulleri in 1989. I mean, come on. Well I had to look. vogue describes it as “an elegant study in Belle Epoque elegance, with milky green Anaglypta walls and flattering amber and alabaster lights”. vogue says the restaurant has become “a delicious and reliable backdrop for local and visiting aesthetes and fashionistas,” which will no doubt be the case for Cafe Duro in Dallas as well.

Founded in 2020, Duro Hospitality has had a meteoric run, opening two acclaimed restaurants: The Charle, their chic eatery in Dallas’ Design District; and Sister, their Italian-Mediterranean restaurant which opened in the space that previously housed the iconic restaurant The Grape.

Since opening in 2018, The Charles has won awards for its attentive service, stunning decor and fabulous cuisine, including winning CultureMap’s 2020 Tastemaker Award for Best Restaurant of the Year.

Sister was nominated for a Tastemaker Award for Best New Restaurant in 2022, as well as Best Wine Program, which seems like a fitting extension of The Grape’s good reputation as a wine destination.

Cafe Duro sits in a charming little storefront with a wine backdrop of its own: in the 90s it was home to Stoney’s Fine Wines & Market, the wine shop of “Stoney” and Diane Savage, one of the most old Dallas-operating wine shops, now located at 6038 Oram St.

In a statement, See’s Design Partner Benji Homsey says 2022 is proving to be a big year for Duro Hospitality, a hospitality business he founded with partners Chas Martin, Corbin See and Ross See, specializing in operations. , design, development and design. focused on restaurants, bars, hotels and multi-family projects.

“The opening of Café Duro marks the rapid expansion of our footprint in Dallas,” said Homsey. “We strive to be thoughtful and intentional in how customers experience Café Duro. Our Greenville Avenue concepts are unlike any other in Dallas; we pride ourselves on breaking the mold and look forward to seeing the reaction from locals. from Dallas to our vision.”

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