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A Dallas cousin to Fort Worth’s Bird Cafe is getting ready to fly away for good

The bar area at Lark on the Park in Dallas. The restaurant, across from Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, is known among other things for its beer selection and for rotating chalkboard art by local artists, such as the drawing above the bar. Lark’s owners announced that it will close Dec. 2, and that they expect to open a new concept in the same location by summer 2019.
The bar area at Lark on the Park in Dallas. The restaurant, across from Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, is known among other things for its beer selection and for rotating chalkboard art by local artists, such as the drawing above the bar. Lark’s owners announced that it will close Dec. 2, and that they expect to open a new concept in the same location by summer 2019. Star-Telegram archives

Lark on the Park, a restaurant across from Dallas’ downtown Klyde Warren Park that’s related to Fort Worth’s Bird Cafe, Flying Saucer Draught Emporium and others, will close this weekend, according to a statement from Dallas restaurateur/entrepreneur Shannon Wynne.

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

Wynne’s restaurants also include the Flying Fish seafood chain that has locations in Fort Worth, Arlington and elsewhere; Dallas’ Meddlesome Moth and Mudhen Meat and Greens; and, in a departure from the winged-creature/flight names, Rodeo Goat.

Lark — with a menu similar to but not the same as Bird’s, as well as a strong beer selection, rotating chalkboard art by local artists, and a view of the large urban park across the street as well as the Dallas skyline behind it — is giving way to a new concept, although Wynne isn’t saying just yet what the concept is.

“When we signed our lease, nobody knew what to expect from park visitors,” Wynne’s statement says. “We think now, with the maturing of the downtown residential population, that we need to afford a more comfortable and approachable produce that better serves the neighborhood, for those that both work and live there.”

Wynne says that he and partners Keith Schlabs and Larry Richardson are working on a new idea for the location and that they were working to offer Lark employees positions at their other restaurants.

Although he’s not saying what’s next, he does say that he’s in talks “with an important Dallas dining talent that has impressed me immensely over the past three or four years.” If all goes smoothly, Wynne adds, the new concept in the old Lark location should open in May.

Wynne’s son, Sam Wynne, helped found the original Rodeo Goat in Fort Worth as well as Bird Cafe. Shortly after Bird opened, he left to found Deep Ellum gastropub BrainDead Brewing.

Lark on the Park is at 2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeeway (the westbound access road) in Dallas, 214-855-5275, https://www.larkonthepark.com.

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