Food as Theater

At Stephan Pyles Flora Street Café in Downtown Dallas’ Arts District, Chef Pyles has created Elevated Modern Texas Cuisine in an intimate, modern, sleek and posh setting with meticulous attention to detail from execution of service to food and beverage and design. Sophisticated dishes combining Texas ingredients and modern techniques join with intuitive, individualized, highly knowledgeable service provided for each guest.

The design of Stephan Pyles Flora Street Café is inspired by its proximity to the Dallas Arts District. The restaurant has an exclusive “Club-Like“ atmosphere, designed with the basic concept of “Food as Theater.”

Designed by Jim Rimelspach of Wilson Associates with lighting by Craig Roberts Associates, the restaurant’s interior appears as a jeweled proscenium beckoning you to enter as you are driving down Flora Street. Ensconced above the dining room is a stunning installation of 15 deconstructed, blown glass, ghost chandeliers suspended at varying levels that act as a beacon. The light fixtures were created by LASVIT in the shape of a series of classic chandeliers from famous opera houses around the world entitled Neverending Glory Collection. Upon entry, guests are welcomed by a living room-style lounge with charcoal leather sofa and textured herringbone upholstered side chairs and coffee and lounge tables with metallic and wood accents.

A canopy of backlit amber alabaster panels suspend over the exhibition kitchen and the theatrics of cooking and serving where the element of fire is always visible. The kitchen, encased in grey and white marble, features bar seating for 8.

The focal point of the dining room is a 25” X 10” abstract, jewel toned, silk, 3D tapestry designed by fiber artist Tim Harding to replicate dramatic, stage curtains.

As a prelude to the evening, the bar features a custom, floor-to-ceiling, mirrored étagère behind the leather-paneled walnut bar is filled with colorful jars of red chili peppers and bright yellow lemons.

Custom, textured white china featuring the restaurant’s signature logo adorn the tables. Water glasses have an amber tint that reflects the amber glow from the alabaster panels above the kitchen.

The 5,000 square-foot restaurant features an exhibition kitchen and has a seating capacity for 72 patrons. There are 24 seats in the lounge area. A private dining room that seats 20 and a chef’s counter that seats 8.

The private dining room houses its own private catering and pastry kitchen that will also be utilized for special events and cooking classes and mid-century modern architectural metallic fixtures with adjustable arms and wall sconces.