Upscale restaurant and banquet hall in Plano serving Armenian barbecue and Eastern European dishes
Albert Vardanian, owner of the Deluxe restaurant and banquet hall, said that when the first customers walk through the doors of his business, they often express surprise at the elegant appearance of the restaurant. It is decorated with white table linens, feather centerpieces and sparkling light fixtures.
Vardanian opened the Deluxe Restaurant and Banquet Hall, formerly Deluxe Market and Grill, in April 2021. He said he recently changed the name of the business because it no longer has a market, and the space is also available at the rental as a banquet hall.
The restaurant’s chef, Marina Studennikova, is Russian and created the recipes for the Eastern European menu. These include items, such as chebureki, which is deep-fried dough folded over and filled with ground beef or chicken for $12; koreyskaya, which is a carrot salad made with roasted carrots, garlic and koreyskaya spices for $10.99; and the BBQ Chicken, which consists of marinated boneless chicken skewered pieces for $18.99. The restaurant also offers a lunch menu with main dishes for $11.99.
Vardanian is Armenian, and he said he chose Plano as the location for his restaurant because there was no place nearby that served Armenian barbecue.
“Making a good barbecue is Armenian; it’s in our blood,” he said. “When I was a kid, we always barbecued. It’s like a tradition, it’s a traditional meal.
He said the restaurant’s clientele consists of many nationalities, such as Russians, Ukrainians, Armenians and many others. He credits a local Armenian church for helping him publicize the restaurant.
Every Saturday evening, an artist sings in Russian; however, she also accepts applications.
“The other day there were Persians here, about 12 people,” Vardanian said. “She said she couldn’t sing in Persian, but she found the music on the internet and started playing Persian music just to make those people feel comfortable.”
Luxury restaurant and banquet hall
3291 Independence Drive, Ste. 400
Opening hours: Mon.-Sun. noon-8 p.m.