P&Z approves concept plan for steak house in Old Town Keller

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An American steakhouse serving farm-to-table cuisine and featuring local produce is one step closer to breaking ground in Keller.

Entrepreneurs Cary Moon and David Dewald recently announced that Texas Bleu Steakhouse and Cellar will be built in Old Town Keller at Main and Taylor streets.

Moon also owns Keller Tavern next door at 128 S. Main Street.

Oct. 28, Keller Planning and Zoning Commission approved a concept plan for the steak house, a proposed two-story, 6,000 square-foot restaurant and office building to be built at 124 S. Main St

“This location is prime, I couldn’t have asked for a better spot,” Executive Chef Erin Miller said.

Texas Bleu will offer an assortment of wine and a beer list which will also feature local options. The 94-seat restaurant will include a bar with seating for 30, a patio that seats 60 and a private room for parties up to 30.

Miller, third-generation chef and graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, was formerly a sous-chef at The Classic Cafe in Roanoke.

Her dad was executive chef and owner of a restaurant in Austin and her grandmother was executive chef at Ritz Carlton and Shamrock Hotel in Houston.

“They both have passed on,” Miller said. “It’s kind of bitter-sweet they don’t get to see this.”

Moon said he is excited about partnering with Miller because she is so passionate about her food.

“The only food item that is served from her kitchen, that she does not make from scratch, is the ketchup,” Moon said. “Keller has long awaited a great steakhouse and Chef Erin can cook.”

Miller’s concept focuses on clean, local ingredients and avoids large restaurant distribution.

She said her French inspired menu will include high-end sauces such as cognac butter and Merlot sauce for chicken, duck and fish.

Texas Bleu’s historic location used to be occupied by the 90-year-old Jarvies house, which was moved last month to Bates Street to be used as a heritage and information center.

During the P& Z meeting, Dewald showed commissioners a preliminary rendering of the site layout and requested one variance to the Unified Development Code, to reduce the required 15-foot setback line to zero feet along the north and east property lines.

“I’m excited about putting a steakhouse in Keller,” Dewald said.

Commissioner/chairperson Jay Brown said he is pleased with project.

“It’s exciting to see this coming to Old Town Keller,” Brown said. “We appreciate your investment and your willingness to find something different that works.”

David Hawkins, senior planner with the city of Keller, said the next step will be for City Council to take action on the item during the Nov. 19 meeting.

After that, the applicant will be required to come back with a detailed site plan to address parking, landscaping and other standards for the Old Town Keller overlay district, Hawkins said.

Susan McFarland, 817-431-2231 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1

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