SMALL PLATES, BIG FLAVORS
A Texas-inspired brasserie offering small plates of vibrant cuisines influenced by European and Mediterranean flavors and techniques. Experience quality and variety in a one-of-a-kind setting at Ounce, designed for diners to experience a variety of flavors, dishes & cuisines. Ounce serves comforting small plates like toasts topped with duck confit or roasted mushrooms and bacon, a burger made with Beeman Ranch beef, and grilled Spanish octopus.
EXECUTIVE CHEF Brian Zenner
Brian Zenner was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and lived in Dubai and London as a young boy. Brian discovered his passion for food at an early age. A graduate of the Texas Culinary Academy, Zenner began his culinary career at the Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. He then moved on to work at restaurants in Portland, Oregon.
Brian returned to Dallas in the summer of 2010 to cook under Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon. Brian helped open Oak in December 2011 as Chef de Cuisine and then transitioned to head chef at Belly & Trumpet’s kitchen in early 2012.
Executive Chef Zenner opened Belly & Trumpet to regional acclaim and was awarded a 4-star rating for his innovative cuisine from The Dallas Morning News and was chosen as one of Dallas’ best chefs by Leslie Brenner and the Dallas Morning News. In July of 2014, Brian Zenner returned to Oak as Executive Chef, where he again earned a 4-star rating restoring Oak to one of Dallas’ best restaurants and again earned a place on the Dallas Morning News’ best chef list.
In January 2015, Chef Zenner oversaw the openings of The Mitchell in downtown Dallas and On Premise in Dallas’ Deep Ellum.
In July of 2016, Brian opened two more restaurants in Dallas’ Design District, Wheelhouse and Sassetta. He worked on the Design District project as Culinary Director for the two locations before taking over the operations at The Porch in 2018.At the beginning of 2020, he joined Hospitality Alliance as the Corporate Chef, with the amazing opportunity to open his own concept, Ounce, a classic steakhouse on the second floor of the Exchange Food Hall located at AT&T’s World Headquarters in downtown Dallas.