A one-of-a-kind eating-and-drinking option with celebrity cachet is landing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport: Called Nowitzki Restaurant, it's a culinary collaboration between Dirk Nowitzki, former player and special advisor for the Dallas Mavericks, and D&B Mitchell Group, a Dallas hospitality company known for its portfolio of dining concepts located in non-traditional settings.
The restaurant will be at Terminal C, where it will feature a full bar with beer, wine, and snacks.
According to a spokesperson from DFW Airport, it'll open in summer 2023.
"This has been in the works for a few years," says a D&B Mitchell Group spokesperson. "Our company founders Derek Missimo and Don Mitchell met Dirk and shared their idea of creating a restaurant around him and his brand. He liked the idea."
They reached out to local airports including DFW, who loved the concept of a kiosk inspired by one of Dallas' most beloved sports figures and local celebrities.
"He is an ambassador for Dallas," the D&B spokesperson says.
Nowitzki is also no stranger to the craft beer world, even inspiring a beer called "The Big German," a kolsch made by Rollertown Beerworks, the Celina brewery from Ben Rogers and Jeff "Skin" Wade, famous for "The Ben and Skin Show" radio show they've hosted for nearly two decades.
D&B says they'll have The Big German on tap, along with four to five other beers on tap and some in bottles, plus mixed drinks, wine, and a few snacks that pair well including charcuterie boards and soft pretzels.
Founded in 2004, the D&B Mitchell Group owns and operates restaurant brands at airports throughout the U.S. including DFW Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, such as Banh Shop and International House of Pancakes.
The restaurant will boast Nowitzki-inspired decor, including Dirk-themed photos and memorabilia, plus TVs with the capability to play highlight videos of Nowitzki from his career.
There may also be merchandise available such as T-shirts, beer steins, and other mementos.
Mobile ordering will be available so that items can be shipped directly to a passenger's home if they don’t want to carry it with them on their flights.