Darna’s Mediterranean Market and Restaurant Escorts Exotic Dishes in Plano
Hummus is heading to Plano with the imminent opening of Darna Mediterranean MarketMarrakech-inspired bar, restaurant and market opens at Legacy West.
The 6,200 square foot market and restaurant, which has been under construction since April 2021, is moving into the former Barnes & Noble space at 7700 Windrose Ave. #G-170. According to a press release, it should open in June.
The new concept is from veteran restaurateur Yaser Khalaf (Mondo Pizza, Baboush in Dallas, Shawarma Bar in Fort Worth), and is described as a celebration of boutiques, cafes, street vendors and bazaars that attract people of all ages. and cultures on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Darna – which means “our house” in Arabic – will cover a wide range of international cuisines, with meat boards, French pastries, Italian/Roman pizzas, Turkish flatbreads, Middle Eastern kebabs, Moroccan tagines and Lebanese mezze, while creating the dynamism of quirky markets in the Mediterranean.
For dinner ina full-service kitchen will host dishes such as Greek fondue with feta, hummus with pastrami and chicken skewers.
A take-out groceries will offer ready-to-eat meals, alongside its quick-service mezza, salad and sandwich stations. Grab & Go guests will be able to build salads and sandwiches to suit their tastes, with homemade charcuterie, breads, cheeses and spreads assorted by the Darna team.
A market will offer high-quality products, including specialty olive oils, Moroccan spices, dried fruits, roasted nuts, and European cheeses and meats. Essential cooking ingredients will also be available for curious cooks and seasoned chefs.
A coffee bar will serve pastries, desserts and a range of must-have coffees, including Turkish coffee. Darna will also present a full service liquor bar offering everything from craft cocktails to a selection of beers and wines.
Khalaf is partnered with Pat Garza in a company called Yela Concepts, which does catering and consulting.
“Yaser and I have been working on this unique business for quite some time, so we couldn’t be more excited to open, creating a unique experience in North Texas,” said Garza, who is president and CEO of Yela Concepts.
“Inspired by Yaser’s legacy and years of research, as well as his extensive reputation in the restaurant industry, Darna will encompass the cultivation of an experience defined by texture, aroma and visual artistry. We look forward to opening next month and welcoming everyone to “Our Home,” he says.
Darna will showcase an ambience inspired by timeless Middle Eastern elements with nuances of modern, North African and coastal Mediterranean chic interiors. Darna’s cutting-edge design and architecture partners will create a world-class space that is sure to take guests on a Mediterranean journey like no other,” said Garza.
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