Update: Dali Wine Bar is Closed

According to a post on Dallasfood.org, Dali Wine Bar in One Arts Plaza has closed. I tried the restaurant’s phone and owner Paul Pinnell’s cell and got no answer. I called David McMillan, chef and general manager at Screen Door across the patio. He was crazy busy but said through the hostess that Dali is “temporarily closed.” Stay tuned for more details.

UPDATE: From owner Paul Pinnell

“After a grand and successful two year plus run in the Arts District, Dali has elected to close its door July 1st. The concept was everything and more than I hoped for–and has both the structure and magic to roll out in other cities.  Strong support from theater district venues, devoted patrons, enthusing oenophiles and One Arts Plaza was most rewarding.  As for now, plans are for a well earned short reprieve…then it’s back to work in Dallas’ vibrant restaurant scene with plans of future innovation.”, states Paul Pinnell.

“Maintaining a Four-Star rating by The Dallas Morning News, Dali also got the #1 pick of favorite Dallas restaurants in 2009 by Texas Monthly, swept all “Best of Awards” upon opening in 2008 and was featured with critical acclaim in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure publications–highlighted by a James Beard appearance in New York City last year. ”

(I regret that I will be out of town with family and not available for further comments. Thank you.)

Official release from One Arts Plaza below.ONE ARTS PLAZA ANNOUNCES THE CLOSING OF DALI WINE BAR &
(DALLAS, Texas) July 2, 2010 – One Arts Plaza today announced that Dali Wine Bar & Cellar,
a pioneer restaurant at One Arts Plaza, has decided to close its doors after two years of
operation at 1722 Routh Street.
“Dali was a well received concept and certainly a loss for both One Arts Plaza—and the Arts
District.  Due to the credit of veteran restaurateur Paul Pinnell, Dali received both local and
national attention for its unique wine selections, attentive service and acclaimed cuisine,” said
Lucy Billingsley, Partner, Billingsley Company, developer of One Arts Plaza.
Added Billingsley, “No plans are being announced at this time to occupy the Dali space, nor do
we have any further information.  Dali’s successful two year run helped set the high standard
for One Arts Plaza—and for Arts District dining—and will be truly missed.”
Despite a successful two-year run, the Dali owners decided to close the restaurant for personal
“Opening an Arts District venue was a successful dream come true, and made possible with
the cooperation of One Arts Plaza.  Accomplished goals now allow me to move forward to new
and exciting challenges. I would be remiss as not to recognize both old and new Arts District
venues as truly the ‘jewels of Downtown Dallas’ that provided energy for Dali and other One
Arts Plaza restaurants.  In addition, it’s important to acknowledge devoted Dali
well as the staff that proudly maintained a four-star level of service,” said owner Paul