After plenty of growing pains, it looks like One Arts Plaza, the ritzy multi-use complex in the Arts District, has found some stability with its current tenants. Today's Dallas Morning News includes a feature on the state of One Arts' dining scene in the wake of multiple closings and new openings. Restaurant tenants Dali, The Commissary, and Screen Door all had relatively short lives; according to the DMN, development partner Lucy Billingsley "described each operator as having great creative talent but she said they lacked the needed business skills."
Business skills aside, it would seem that at least two of said operators have found success in their post-One Arts ventures — The Commissary's John Tesar opened Spoon in Preston Center back in November to rave reviews from critics, and Scott Jones of Screen Door opened homey Lower Greenville venture Jack's Southern Comfort Food, which has also received plenty of praise, last October. (Dali's Paul Pinnell went on to run the show at Max's Wine Dive as general manager, but departed shortly after it opened.)
Last fall saw the openings of The Greek and Alberto Lombardi's Cafe des Artistes, and Billingsley tells the DMN she expects them to be around for some time, noting that they've both signed 10-year leases. The two newer eateries join original tenants Fedora, Jorge's, and Tei-An to create a diverse array of dining options for One Arts patrons, offering Greek, French, Italian, Tex-Mex, and Japanese cuisines all in one relatively small area.
Outside The Greek in One Arts Plaza. [Photo credit: Stephen Masker/EDFW]