Monday, August 25, 2008

Phil Romano, JD Miller plan Dragon Street gallery

Phil Romano has spent decades building a multibillion-dollar restaurant empire.

He’s the founder of Fuddrucker’s, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Cozymel’s and EatZi’s Market & Bakery, among other successful ventures. But the CEO is entering what he hopes will be his “most fun career.”

Romano has teamed with Dallas-based artist JD Miller to open the Samuel Lynne Galleries in mid-September. The 11,000-square-foot gallery at 1105 Dragon St. will replace Miller’s existing Reflection Fine Art Gallery in Uptown, and herald the continuing explosion of Dragon Street as the newest Dallas arts mecca.

“This is the gallery that’s going to make Dallas famous,” Romano boldly said as he walked through the dust-filled rehabbed warehouse space that was built in the early 1950s.