For more than a decade, office workers in Downtown Dallas have spent their lunch hours enjoying the tasty food and warm atmosphere provided by the Metropolitan Cafe. Located at the corner of Main and Pearl (right near our offices), the Cafe has become a neighborhood staple and has developed a near cult following amongst its loyal patrons. Whether it’s the fan-favorite Caesar and Greek salads, the Wednesday crab cake special or the brownies that have almost become a neighborhood currency, Metropolitan Cafe has no trouble finding customers to fill seats whilst filling their stomachs. So dedicated are some patrons that even after moving office locations they’ll still come back for lunch every now and again.
Since it opened in 2001, the restaurant has been maintained and run entirely by the Vouras family who help to create a homey atmosphere within the restaurant. Owner Michael Vouras is a jazz musician and theater actor whose musical interests can be seen in the pictures on the walls and heard over the speakers. The player piano on the west wall of the Cafe was shipped down to Dallas from Detroit, where it had been signed by several local musicians at a nightclub. The building that the Cafe is located in, a former Masonic Lodge, is set to turn 100 next year.
During its time in Downtown, the Cafe has watched the neighborhood around it experience a dramatic revival. The empty offices that once populated the vicinity have been filled, crime has gone down, and the area has seen a resurgence of life. Throughout all of this, the Cafe still remains one of the more popular eateries in the Main Street District. If you haven’t had the chance to drop in for a bite yet, there’s no time like the present to discover something new.