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Thursday, July 02, 2015
New 'upscale lounge' expected to open in Dallas Design District
The Dallas Design District's first dedicated cocktail lounge will be called Quill, the owners say. It'll be a "bar first" but will also have food, says co-owner Richard Ellman.
The project is a collaboration between Ellman and his wife, Tiffanee Ellman -- who co-own nearby restaurants Oak, Pakpao and El Bolero -- and restaurateur Joe Palladino, of Nick & Sam's, Nick & Sam's Grill, Coal Vines and the coming soon Biergarten on Lamar.
Chef John Tesar will also be involved in Quill, Richard Ellman says.
The lounge will be located where Bo Concept used to be, next-door to Ellman's restaurant Oak on Oak Lawn Avenue in the Design District.
"We're trying to do something really cool for the Design District that Dallas has not seen before," Ellman says.
Palladino describes the design of the place as "gothic," perhaps with 1940s style decor.
The space is 5,000 square feet, currently empty. When open, the owners plan for part of it to be private dining space, both for smaller groups like dinner parties and for larger ones like wedding receptions. The menu will be driven by the team at Oak, Ellman says. They haven't identified who will run the bar, but Ellman expects it to be a "progressive cocktail project" with wine and bubbles, too.
Patrons will enter through the front door or from a door in the adjoining Oak restaurant.
"I'd like for us to develop an institution to where if you live in Dallas or are coming into Dallas, this is the place you need to see and go to," Palladino says.