Tomahawk pork chop is a dinner entree at Stout’s Signature near Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Courtesy photo/Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

Looking for dinner before a show at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts? Working downtown and want a nearby lunch or happy-hour spot?

Then swing by Stout’s Signature at Tobin Center, 227 4th St. Opened in May, the dining spot is tucked inside a space attached to the Tobin’s multilevel-parking garage.

Part of the Stout’s Pizza Co. chain, Stout’s Signature is a spinoff of the formerly named Stout’s Trattoria at Grape Creek Vineyards in Fredericksburg.

Owner Jason Stout’s established pizzerias offer casual dining, but customers at the Hill Country winery location began to see more on the menu.

“We’d start getting into steaks, risottos, things like that up there. It’s how I got into fine dining,” Stout said.

A couple of years ago, representatives from the Tobin dined at Stout’s Trattoria, now itself rebranded Stout’s Signature.

The visitors loved the place so much they asked Stout if he’d be interested in bringing the concept to a vacant space a short walk from the downtown performing-arts facility.

“I thought to myself, ‘This is going to be in the center of my hometown.’ I go to the Tobin all the time,” Stout said.

The new restaurant seats up to 165 people indoors and outdoors.

Signature pizzas include chicken carbonara, Pig & Pear with prosciutto and sliced pears, and the Stout Special with Texas pepperoni and Italian sausage.

There’s also duck breast, red snapper risotto, salmon, tomahawk pork chop, bacon-cheddar burger, avocado toast and dessert. Appetizers range from duck wings and portobello fries to Rockefeller oysters, meatballs with breadsticks and charcuterie.

Stout’s Signature boasts a full bar with signature cocktails, and complemented by an extensive assortment of wines. Photo by Edmond Ortiz

Unlike the older Stout’s Pizza locations, Stout’s Signature boasts a full bar. It will also have 120 varietals of wine curated by industry veteran Olivier J. Bourgoin, aka “The Wine Guy,” who blogs about wine for LOCAL Community News.

Stout said his employees are using the summer to become more seasoned before the fall when the Tobin begins rolling out a full slate of events. There are plans to open the restaurant earlier in the week.

“We’re just getting our sea legs,” he added.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Reservations accepted.

eortiz@localcommunitynews.com

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