Old Hollywood Glam Makes New Steakhouse Stand Out

photo courtesy of paper city

     Old Hollywood glitz and gla.m combine with traditional Texan fare at Drake’s Hollywood, a new steakhouse now gracing Lovers Lane. With its rich red décor adorning the restaurant, heavy velvet curtains enhancing the windows, and dimly lit curved booths, the restaurant pays tribute to the kind of glitzy California restaurant, where Frank Sinatra would dine.

     The West Coast vibes Drake’s serves can be felt right upon entering the restaurant, with a red canopy beckoning diners in. Its décor and menu make Drake’s a must-go restaurant to see its unique and one-of-a-kind atmosphere that will transport customers back in time to a golden age.

     Drake’s brings Beverly Hills-inspired flair to the traditional Texas steakhouse, serving blinis and caviar alongside high quality steaks, cheeseburgers, and other classic eats for “neighborhood prices”. The restaurant will have a more varied menu than most other steakhouses, as Drake’s will serve pizzas and other nontraditional steakhouse eats as well.

     Speaking to Paper City, Drake’s owner Hunter Pond described how, although he grew up eating at iconic Dallas steakhouses, he does not want to compete with those like Nick and Sa.m’s but wants to offer a fresh take on steakhouses in Dallas.

     His goal is to make Drake’s a spot not just for special occasions or weekly dining but a place Dallasites could frequently dine at, perhaps biweekly. Pond says, “There’s great food in the area, but not a lot of options for food and fun.”

     Hunter Pond is also the mastermind behind Vandelay Hospitality which is responsible for East Ha.mpton Sandwich Company and Hudson House. Drake’s will be the third restaurant from this restaurateur group and the first of its kind to bring West Coast flair to Dallas instead of Northeast vibes like the other two restaurants.

     Pond was inspired to create Drake’s while on a trip to Los Angeles to visit some friends. He beca.me captivated with the glitz and gla.m of Old Hollywood and decided that his next restaurant, Drake’s, would combine the aesthetics of iconic West Coast eateries like Musso & Frank and the Beverly Hills Hotel.

     “People are really pushing the envelope and looking beyond our natural heritage of what we define as fun or high-end cuisine,” Pond said, speaking to the Dallas Morning News. “I think that the vibe is relatable across multiple generations.”

     In a statement, Pond described his vision for Drake’s as “a comfortable, yet sophisticated place to hang out with friends… We [Vandelay Hospitality] are huge fans of this neighborhood, and we believe this concept will thrive due to the need for fun places to have dinner – keyword being fun.”

     The restaurant will certainly provide a fun alternative to usual, humdrum evening plans by having live music Thursday through Sunday. Live jazz will accompany steaks on Thursdays and Sundays, while a DJ will spin some of today’s hits on Fridays and Saturdays.

     Drake’s is located at 5007 W. Lovers Lane, and is closed on Mondays, but open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m to 10p.m, Thursdays from 4 p.m to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m to 1 a.m, and Sundays from 4p.m to 10p.m.  Reservations recommended.

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