Will the Design District Be the Next Dining Hotspot?

You know Dallas. We’re always looking for the next big thing. Uptown and the West Village are saturated with restaurants. Bishop Arts is maxed out and heading west down Davis Street. (Hello, Bolsa and ConFusion.) Deep Ellum is still in a funk. And Victory? See La Condesa below. Henderson Avenue is the current “it” place as the East Dallas street hops along with its gentrification efforts. But today I was driving into work through all the construction going on along Oak Lawn Avenue in the Design District and saw a sign in a vacant storefront: “For Lease: Restaurant Site.” Hmmmm… that’s interesting. The Design District is already fast becoming our little SoHo with its design showrooms, decor stores, and art galleries. Residential is moving in fast. Could destination dining be far behind? It’s a cool, urban area that has grown organically over the years. It doesn’t feel forced or contrived. (Hi again, Victory!) I think some restaurateur with chuztpah and deep pockets could transform this sleepy district (at least at night) into something pretty grand. Hey Kent, Phil, and Tristan: You guys listening? Want to make some money?

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