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Chic, sleek Lark on the Park restaurant in downtown Dallas to close

Chic, sleek Lark on the Park restaurant in downtown Dallas to close

Scallops at Lark on the Park
Farewell dear scallops. Photo courtesy of Lark on the Park

A Dallas restaurant that was an early adopter to the Klyde Warren Park scene is closing its doors, but with plans for a new concept to replace it in spring 2019.

The restaurant is Lark on the Park, from savvy restaurateur Shannon Wynne and his partners Keith Schlabs and Larry Richardson, who are inviting customers to come by for a final farewell.

"For everyone that celebrated an anniversary, proposed marriage, blew candles or toasted a business deal at LARK on the Park, we invite you to come say goodbye," Wynne says in a release.

Lark on the Park opened nearly six years ago, one of the first restaurants to recognize the drawing power that Klyde Warren Park would bring. The restaurant opened with a high-powered chef duo, Melody Bishop and Dennis Kelley, who moved here from California to take the reins.

The restaurant also championed the art scene in a unique manner with massive chalkboards featuring revolving artworks from different artists.

"When we signed our lease, nobody knew what to expect from Park visitors," says Wynne's closing letter. "We think now, with the maturing of the downtown residential population, that we need to afford a more comfortable and approachable product that better serves the neighborhood, for those that both work and live there."

"With the changing climate in chef driven concepts, Keith, Larry, and I have decided to take a pause to work on a new idea for this location," he says.

Meanwhile, they're giving customers a final week to grab a bite.

"This Sunday will be our last day to serve Dallas, and we hope you will come help us deplete our inventory!" Wynne says. "Yes, we want to sell as much as possible, so great deals will be afforded while supplies last to all of the friends we’ve made over the past nearly six years.  Expect the liquor and wine to flow."

"It is an unfortunate time to be closing right before the holidays, and we will be working hard to offer many of our loyal Lark employees placement at our other concepts where there is room," he says.

There is also a teasing hint about what's to come.

"I am in development with an important Dallas dining talent that has impressed me immensely over the past three or four years," he says. "I think together we will build a new concept that will strike the proper balance of work and play at this significant central downtown address. If all goes smoothly, we should be open by May."