High-end tastings are back at Petra and the Beast under a remodeled carport at the former gas station that houses the East Dallas eatery.
An outdoor dining room that feels like a desert oasis sits on the once-cracked concrete of the old carport. Tables sit on Southwestern rugs, with wine buckets and cleaning supplies located on nearby end tables. A shade cloth blocks the sun, and fans keep the 17-by-17-foot space cool from the sweltering summer heat.
“It feels like starting the restaurant all back over, or even starting a new restaurant,” chef Misti Norris told D Magazine. “It’s what we’ve done before, but at the same time, so different.”
Petra and the Beast remained open for curbside pickup when dining rooms closed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. But guests missed the tasting experience, and Norris had to consider how to reopen in a way that was viable and safe for everyone, D Magazine reported.
Norris brings her usual creativity and trailblazing style to the outdoor tastings, except with cold or room-temperature dishes. Expect less animal fat and lighter dishes, such as seafood and mousse, according to the publication.
Seated tastings are available Thursday-Saturday from 8-11 p.m. They cost $150.