Young guns are exciting and all, but to guarantee the job gets done, bring back the old masters -- like The Expendables is doing with the greatest 80s action hero of all, Terry Crews. Now old Deep Ellum masters are bringing back the 'hood's most vaunted resto, Green Room.
Open to everyone Aug. 17 (but maybe earlier to you; see below), Green had a 12-year Elm St run before shuttering with nearly everyone else in '06; now two veteran venue managers (Green & Gypsy Tea rooms, Trees...) are cranking it back up, adding a full kitchen retrofit and about-to-be-gardened-up rooftop, but leaving the rest mostly unchanged, from the time-weathered 150-yr-old saloon bar to the cymbal chandeliers (zildjiantastic!). From the Sur la Table Iron Chef champ once behind Mi Piaci, The Landmark, and Dali, the constantly rotating menu's kicking off with apps like "Angus Beef Steak Tartare" w/ hard-boiled quail eggs, and albarino/serrano/ham/garlic/white wine butter sauce "Dutch" mussels, plus entrees like braised lamb, chard brown-butter sauced pan-roasted skate wing & halibut cheeks, and Key lime butter-sauced "Regionally Pan-Seared Salmon", served with purple rice -- the color #80 turned after getting beat by 98°. Post-meal pants-unbuttoners stretch from a milk chocolate-&-mint brownie w/ port reduction & strawberry-basil chutney to a root-beer créme brulee that'll end up smeared all over your mug.
Green's bringing back its signature "Feed Me/Wine Me" paired four-course mystery meal -- or if the 60 wine labels (triple that by mid-fall!) don't do it, go for 40 bottled beers or TBD sig cocktails by the end-of-August liquor license arrival. While boozing, feast on bar snacks including house-made sea salt-n-cider vinegar pretzels, roasted duck wings, and the "Shiner Brat", served on a buttered roll -- if he considered 'roids expendable, that would also describe Sylvester Stallone.