Dallas-based cashless valet app Parqer recently partnered with Anthem Valet to give customers a mobile payment option at The Grape. The Grape, which was inspired by the bistros and wine bars of New York City & Europe, opened in 1972. Over the years, The Grape has boasted a cast of employees that reads like a who's who of Dallas. Noted restaurateur, Alberto Lombardi, an early waiter; award winning film director, Julian Schnabel, was a part-time chef; Frank Bailey, brother of Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, was the original chef in 1972; Diane Teitelbaum, wine writer for the Dallas Morning News and national wine critic, was the restaurant’s first waitress and manager. And Danyele McPherson competed on Top Chef : Seattle while she was the Sous Chef at The Grape.
In 2007, The Grape was acquired by Chef/Owner Brian Luscher and his wife and General Manager Courtney. The two have stayed true to the classic urban bistro's roots, giving the restaurant a small 'face lift,' but still keeping the history and charm in tact. Today, The Grape continues to win accolades, having been voted the #11 Best Restaurant in Dallas, chosen by Texas Monthly as the "2009 Best Burger in Texas," and continuously ranked as "One of the Best Brunch Spots in Dallas."