An upscale French-Indian restaurant and accompanying champagne-and-cocktail lounge open in the Bishop Art District this week.

Âme and the Elephant Bar open open Friday, April 9, in the Bishop Arts space formerly occupied by Hattie’s.

The owners are mother-daughter duo Afifa and Sabrina Nayeb, whose company also owns two restaurants in the Dallas Farmers Market, 8 Cloves and Juice Babe.

Here are the highlights they provided, plus photos of the food and renovated space below.

  • Âme is pronounced “ah-mmh” and is the French word for soul
  • The cuisine is upscale French Indian. Chef Afifa will bring her twist on traditional Indian dishes using French techniques for dishes like Aloo Tikki, Shrimp Curry, Lamb Vindaloo and Chicken Tikka.
  • Elephant Bar is a chic champagne bar and cocktail lounge that will have Dallasites feeling as if they are in a Parisian lounge.
  • The restaurant and lounge were conceived and designed, by Afifa and Sabrina Nayeb, with three distinct spaces for dining, drinking and lounging inspired by their travels.
  • It opens April 9 to the public, reservations now available on Resy.
  • Âme is open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday from 5-10 p.m. and Sunday 5-9 p.m., then for brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Elephant Bar is open for bubbles or drinks Tuesday-Saturday from 5 p.m.-midnight and Sunday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
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