For over 10 years now, State & Allen Kitchen + Bar has been cranking out some of the best food in Uptown Dallas, Texas. State & Allen prides itself on making food that is not only delicious, but unique and fresh as well, all while maintaining a fun and relaxed atmosphere. It’s a vision that began with founder Jonathan Calabrese.
In 1996, Jonathan Calabrese graduated from the University of North Texas with a Philosophy degree in hand, ready to begin a career in health care consulting. That stint only lasted two years before Jonathan realized that his true calling was food. He enrolled in the Art Institute of Dallas where he excelled, graduating as the valedictorian of his class.
Upon graduation, Jonathan accepted a position with The Grape Restaurant in Dallas, Texas. Under the instruction of Executive Chef Brian Luscher, Jonathan learned how to run a kitchen with precision. And before he knew it, he and his best friend began working on a venture of their own – Savory Bistro in the Lakewood area of Dallas, Texas. As Savory grew, so did the positive reviews. Encouraged by his efforts, Jonathan began adding more restaurants to his portfolio. Our beloved State & Allen Kitchen + Bar opened in 2004, followed by The Nodding Donkey Sports Bar – the best sports bar in Dallas – in 2010. And we can’t forget about the company that started it all – Savory Catering – Jonathan’s catering business that he opened while still in culinary school.
Today, Jonathan spends most of his time behind the scenes, handling all operations aspects of the company and working closely with Executive Chef Rhett Dukes on creating menus with lasting appeal.
Join us at State & Allen Kitchen + Bar today to experience what has made us one of Dallas’s favorite restaurants since 2004!