Dunhill Partners purchased the largest share of the Dallas Design District in 2014. The neighborhood is the most promising opportunity with a foundation in art and design.
Long past its days when the only place to eat was Popeye’s Chicken, the Dallas Design District is home to such trendy restaurants as Oak, Pakpao Thai, FT33 and Meddlesome Moth. And now, the gents behind Oak and Pakpao Thai, in partnership with the owner of Nick & Sam’s, are about to introduce the sleek urban bar Quill to the scene. Much of the energy being piped to the district comes from William L. “Bill” Hutchinson, who founded Dunhill Partners in 1984.
Last fall, Hutchinson and his company acquired 33 acres and 700,000 square feet of design and decorative showrooms in what he calls “the heart of the Design District.” Hotels are planned, as are more apartments and new tenants in the design centers.
Fittingly, the district is also about to have its own signature artwork. Hutchinson recently hired California sculptor Andrew Myers to craft a 20-foot-tall piece that was unveiled in October. Hutchinson hopes Myers’ sculptural creation will serve as a lasting symbol for the neighborhood. He describes it as “a blue-collar man holding a hammer in one hand and carved into the center of his chest is a big, red heart” — one that will glow 24 hours a day, thanks to translucent acrylic rods. — Michael Granberry