Monday, January 28, 2013
Shannon Wynne’s Bird Cafe set for takeoff in Sundance Square
Its October opening will coincide with other exciting additions to the plaza.
By Flickr user dadavark
FORT WORTH DFW restaurateur Shannon Wynne's feet must never touch the ground. The owner of The Flying Saucer and The Flying Fish chains, as well as the internationally-acclaimed Design District haunt The Meddlesome Moth and the to-come Lark on the Park is about to take off with another winged endeavor, this time in Fort Worth's Sundance Square, where he is slated to open Bird Cafe in October.
Wynne closed his 8.0 bar last year to accommodate a new Flying Saucer location in the historic Land Title Building. 8.0 was an established community favorite that lasted more than 17 years, but Wynne admits that he knew the city's plans for the plaza when he signed its lease in 1993. As part of the plaza's move into the future, Wynne plans to adapt with a new concept that utilizes both the Land Title Building, which was built in 1888, as well as the new Commerce Building, which is currently under construction. While the Bird Cafe concept is under wraps, Wynne says the blend of old and new will be thematically significant, and its look will appeal to Fort Worth's artsy crowd.
"We hope to provide a very comfortable place to have a great meal in a building that has come to symbolize Sundance Square’s effort to maintain the architectural integrity of downtown Fort Worth,” Wynne said.
Those comforts include 2,320 square feet of patio space split between two levels, as well as room for private parties and speaker lunches. Chef David McMillan will oversee the menu, which will echo the Moth's successful "small plates" set up.
"While pretty upscale, we will be very approachable at lunch and dinner," Wynne said.
The addition of Bird Cafe will come just as construction throughout Sundance Square is completed in October. The pedestrian-friendly plaza will feature a number of restaurants, performance venues, fountains, and landscaping all in an effort to revitalize the historic downtown neighborhood.
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