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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - A transformation is happening in Trinity Groves in Dallas.

Food and a little attitude are changing how people look at the area, located just west of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

In the middle of it all, one restaurant is turning the idea of a neighborhood restaurant upside down for a limited time only.

Kitchen LTO changes chefs, themes, and menus every four months. Chef Eric Shelton is halfway though his turn.

“You have to figure out what you’re capable of in a short time span. It’s fun,” he said.

Chef Shelton’s new American concept ends on may 31st. The next team will have just three days to make over the space before opening.

Chefs and designers apply for the opportunity. A seasoned culinary committee selects finalists and the public votes on who, and what, they want to see and taste next.

“It’s like a four-month interview. You get to showcase your talents. Let people know what it is you can do.”

Restaurateur Casie Caldwell is the Kitchen LTO’s founder and always searching for the next big thing.

“I always tell them, look, you’re taking a risk like we’re taking a risk,” she said.

About 70 percent of new restaurants fail, says Caldwell, which inspired her to come up with this new concept to nurture aspiring talent.

The opportunity may be temporary, but Caldwell says the pool of applicants is growing.

“I can’t help but think they’re going to have a greater opportunity than they did when they started,” she said. “Showcase their skill set and preferably be well received and move on to the next big project.”

Though he knows his name won’t be above the door forever, Chef Shelton sees it as a step toward longevity.

The new chef and designer will get their next opportunity in June. Those picked will get four weeks to plan, two days to flip the kitchen and transform the interior.

Click here to download the Kitchen LTO application.

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