Dallas Historical Society presents Pour Yourself into History
Dallas Historical Society will present a happy hour with Chef Taylor of Dakota’s Steakhouse, who will provide the history of Dakota’s and what was in the location prior. Dakota’s Steakhouse was established in 1984, and has been a downtown Dallas dining icon for more than 30 years.
The name Dakota’s was chosen in homage to the eight million pounds of Dakota mahogany granite that gives the restaurant and Lincoln Plaza its signature look. The site was once occupied by the First Dallas Baptist Church, who put a legally binding clause in the deed that prohibits any future owner from selling alcohol on former church grounds. When the new property company was determined to have a restaurant anchored to its international headquarters, they discovered that “one the grounds” does not include “below ground,” so they excavated the land and placed their restaurant 18 feet below street grade.
The Dakota’s experience begins in the elevator – customers ride down to Dakota’s unique underground location in a canopied glass elevator accessed from street level that overlooks the 1,800-square-foot subterranean courtyard. Dakota’s belowground patio has long been considered one of the city’s most romantic dining spots, complete with a five-tiered granite water wall, multi-tiered landscaping, lava rock fireplace and black granite bar. Dakota’s interior is decorated in a timeless style with a hand-cut Italian Carrera marble floor, dark wood paneling, brown leather, marble trim and New Orleans-style brass gas lamps.