Lively restaurant The Beehive will open in a cool building in downtown Dallas

A new restaurant debuts in downtown Dallas by an experienced restaurateur in the neighborhood: Called The Beehiveit’s at 1514 Elm St., the same building as Mid Elm Lofts, which also houses City Tavern, and is slated to open in mid-May.

He will also join Sky Blossom, his restaurant partner, with whom he will share ownership.

Sky Blossom is Mid-Elm Lofts’ small rooftop bar and restaurant, serving lunch, dinner, and cocktails, with a one-of-a-kind view that opened in 2019.

Co-owner Salina Le, who has owned other restaurants in Dallas, found the place so unique she had to be a part of it.

“I never thought I would open another restaurant, but once I saw this space, I fell in love with it,” she says.

Mid-Elm Lofts is the creative renovation of a trio of midtown period buildings. The project comprises 29 residential units, with three commercial spaces on the ground floor.

The Beehive will serve a menu featuring New American cuisine, with craft cocktails and an upscale interior.

Starters include fritto misto, tofu lettuce bowls, grilled pork bites, steak bites with Korean barbecue sauce, lobster bites in tempura batter with yuzu sauce, tuna bowls and chicken karaage.

Salads include a Beehive salad with greens, avocado and strawberries, as well as a Caesar salad and a pear salad with arugula and tomato burrata.

There are three soups: French onion, basil tomato and borsch beetroot.

Starters range from $12 to $40 and include:

  • garlic pasta
  • turmeric chicken
  • rack of lamb
  • pork chop
  • seared scallops
  • Meuniere Butter Salmon
  • filet mignon

There’s also a 20-ounce Prime ribeye for $95.

sides include truffle fries, elote corn, yuzu Brussels sprouts, broccolini, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes.

Half a dozen desserts include banana pie, lava cake, creme brulee and dessert flight with chocolate mousse, matcha cheesecake and pavlova.

Cocktails have cute bee-themed names, including a killer bee with jalapeño tequila; the Dallas Queen Bee with gin, dragon fruit puree and Campari; and the Great Gats-bee with whiskey, lemon, and pineapple juice.

They have another surprise in the works for the end of the year, something ultra-trendy: called The Bee-Cave, it will be a secret 2,500 square foot speakeasy in the basement with a full bar, sofas lush, bottle service, and two of the private rooms, which they anticipate will be open during the holidays.

David H. Henry