Texas chef Stephan Pyles to concept restaurant for MCM motel in Stephenville
A motel in the works in Stephenville, Texas, has drafted the services of a well known chef from Dallas-Fort Worth: The Interstate Inn, which will debut in summer 2024, will make that debut with a restaurant called The Seeker, to be conceptualized by chef Stephan Pyles.
The Interstate Inn will open in the former Caravan Inn, a historic property in Stephenville that's being renovated by Mod Motels, the lodging company from Texas entrepreneurs Lisa Lennox and Kirk and Cathy Bonner, into a boutique, luxury, mid-century modern, 33-room motel, with a full-service restaurant, the abovementioned The Seeker.
Lisa Lennox, the visionary behind the motel's transformation and the restaurant's concept, says in a statement that they're thrilled to introduce The Seeker with Chef Stephan Pyles to the growing community of Stephenville.
"Our goal is to share the love of food and create an experience where guests can savor the ambiance of the motel while enjoying innovative and delectable dishes that showcase the best of Modern Texan Cuisine," Lennox says.
They hope the project will revitalize the spirit of American motoring and revolutionize the dining scene in Stephenville, 105 miles from Dallas and 78 miles from Fort Worth. Maybe they can convince Stephenville to change its name to Stephanville, to match the unusual spelling of Pyles' first name. Just a thought.
Pyles has been an indomitable force in the world of Southwestern cooking, earning him the reputation of a pioneer and gamechanger.
He'll bring his signature Modern Texas Cuisine steeped with influences from his upbringing in Big Spring, as well as flavors and heritage from cultures around the world.
“Working with Mod Motels and Lisa Lennox’s family perfectly intertwines my past with the present," Pyles says in a statement. "Its destinations are right on trend in a market where Americans are moving beyond the big cities and enjoying small town life again as locals, vacation homeowners, nature lovers, or travelers preferring the open road."