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After a Decade in the Design District, Stalwart Restaurant Oak Has Closed Its Doors

No word yet on what will take over the space

The bar at Oak
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Over the weekend chic Dallas Design District restaurant Oak has officially closed its doors after nearly a decade.

The restaurant announced its impending departure in a press release on Friday, announcing that Oak’s final day would be August 1. Throughout its time in the Design District, Oak hosted some of the city’s most vaunted chefs, including opening chef Jason Maddy, and Brian Zenner, who earned the restaurant a four-star review from former Dallas Morning News dining critic Leslie Brenner in 2014.

The restaurant even employed chef John Tesar for a time. In a move that shocked pretty much everyone in 2015, Tesar joined the kitchen at Oak as a consulting chef. That relationship ended about a year later.

“Having received a plethora of awards over the years, Oak solidified itself as a Dallas institution,” the statement from Apheleia Restaurant Group reads. “This weekend will be a celebration of Oak’s success and the mark it made on the Dallas dining landscape as well as that of the Design District.

Fans of the spot shouldn’t expect for it to be empty long. Apheleia is planning to open a new restaurant in the space, but hasn’t dished on what exactly the restaurant will look like. Stay tuned for more details.