New Irish restaurant opens in historic West End Dallas building


Seasoned Downtown Restaurateur Has Opened New Restaurant In Dallas’ West End: Called Chet’s Dallas, it’s the latest concept from Jay Khan, owner of RJ’s Mexican Cuisine, and it opened on November 30 in a recently renovated historic building.

Chet’s is at 208 Market St. # 100 in the recently renovated historic Awalt building (which has its own interesting history), where it shares street level with Thai Food Dallas.

According to a statement, Chet’s is named after Jay’s father-in-law who loved his whiskey and his food and who personified the slogan “Call me Old Fashioned”, inspiring the creation of their signature cocktail. The cuisine is “Irish-American cuisine” like shepherd’s pie, as well as seasonal dishes, a large selection of whiskey, and Irish-inspired specialty cocktails.

The 3,900-square-foot restaurant has a dining area that seats 72 and features decor described as “luxury-casual,” with oversized chairs, crystal chandeliers, and a wraparound marble bar, giving the impression a private library with books lining shelves and large plush seats. An outdoor patio can accommodate 70 people.

“Despite all the challenges we have faced over the past two years, we are delighted to bring our latest concept, Chet’s to the people of Dallas, Khan said in a statement. “They have been incredibly loyal to us over the past three decades and we believe it is the perfect addition to the West End providing a place for people to come together again.”

The Awalt Building was built in 1905 for BF Avery Plow Co and purchased by Koelbel and Company, a 70-year-old Denver-based real estate company, which is modernizing the building. This is their second acquisition in the Dallas area; they also bought another property in Flower Mound.

Chet’s Dallas will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the outdoor patio will close nightly at 11 p.m. A lunch counter service will be served daily, Happy Hour Monday to Friday 11am to 6pm.


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