Oak Owners, Richard and Tiffanee Ellman, to Open Pakpao Thai Mid-May in the Design District

Richard and Tiffanee Ellman, owners of Oak (Restaurant of the Year 2012), have just opened Belly & Trumpet in their old Bowery space. But they’re not stopping there. The husband-and-wife team plans to open an Asian restaurant in the Design District this May. It’s going to be called Pakpao Thai. Plan B folks (Royce Ring/Alex Urrunaga) and Coeval Studio (John Paul Valverde) are teaming up to create a restaurant design that’ll probably make design history.

This is going to be insanely good. Now that the Design District is becoming a hot dining destination in Dallas, it only makes sense for an Asian restaurant to make an entrance. And there’s certainly no better team than the Ellmans. Get excited!!!!

Update [3/6, 2:45 p.m.]: Previously, the headline read “Pak Pao,” which was a whole space incorrect. The name has been changed to “Pakpao.” The restaurant will also be located right next to Oak at 1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 120.


  • Eric Celeste

    Thank you, Tristan!

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  • Primi timpano

    Do they know anything about Thai food?

    • Carol Shih

      Tiffanee is half Filipinio, half Thai, so yes. I’m guessing she knows a lot.

  • Rick Nimnic

    How exciting! Please stop by Sequoia Dallas Gallery at 1403 Dragon St
    to view exotic woods from N.Thailand.
    Let us know how we can be a part of your design plans!