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the RadaR | design Thinking Outside the Box Office With a design dossier as glam as Hollywood, Highland Park Village’s smartly renovated restaurant and theater are red carpet ready. | By Rebecca Sherman | Photography by Justin Clemons | H i g h l a n d Pa r k V i l l a g e , w h i c h h a s b e e n l e g e n d a r y for lu xu r y shopping since it opened in 1931, ju st got even swank ier with the May unveiling of a gla morous re st au ra nt a nd lou nge, t he Ma rquee Gri l l & Ba r. It s name pays homage to the Village Theatre next door, a 75-year-old nationa l historic l a nd m a r k t h a t r e op e ne d i n D e c e m b e r a f ter a t wo-year, $5 million face-lif t. B ot h t he t he ater a nd re s t au r a nt are owned and operated by restaurateur Bria n Twome y of Twome y C onc ept s, who tea med up w it h R ay Wa shbu rne, t he s hoppi n g c e nt e r ’s c o -ow ne r a nd lifelong Park Cities resident, to help bring the theater back to its origina l a rt deco glor y. Marquee started out as an idea for a pizza parlor on the lower floor of the theater, but quick ly evolved into a multimillion-dollar, chef-driven restaurant next door, featuring Tre Wilcox, former Abacus chef de cuisine. I n a d d it ion t o Wi lc ox’s Ne w A me r ic a n f a re , Marquee Grill & Bar is dishing up some serious interior 60 | July/August 2011 d e s i g n . I n s pi r e d b y a b o l d , g r a p h i c s t y l e p o p u l a r i z e d in t he ’60 s a nd ’ 70 s by renow ned L ondon decorator and socia lite David Hick s, the first floor was envisioned to appea l to a mostly fema le, fashion-conscious crowd, wit h slimmer boot hs, lighter woods a nd l ig ht i ng de sig ned to f lat ter sk i n tone s. “You have great boutiques a ll around, like C h a n e l , E s c a d a a n d S t . Jo h n , b u t t h e r e wasn’t particularly a restaurant that catered to women,” says architect Paul Jankowsk i, who worked on the restaurant and theater w it h de sig ner Ja n M a r t i n, bot h of t he Da llas firm Zero 3 Inc. A rchitecture and Interior Design. They took suggestions to he a r t f rom Wa shbu rne’s w i fe, He at her, and from Elisa Summers, wife of Washburne’s business partner, Stephen Summers, and created an eater y that is as st ylish as the neighborhood women. It’s all in the math. Hicks’ signature hexagon design shows up in t he restaura nt’s custom ca rpeting, notes Martin, and his penchant for play ful cont inued… haute ticket With a mostly black and white palette, the main dining room channels iconic designer David Hicks’ bold geometric style from the ’ 60s and ’ 70s, which is repeated in the lighting and custom hexagon-patterned rug. Bentwood chairs, popular during the era, were a Hicks favorite. Inset: Cool LED lighting illuminates one of two main screening rooms inside the luxuriously refurbished Village Theatre next door.
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Thinking Outside the Box Office <br /> <br /> With a design dossier as glam as Hollywood, Highland Park Village’s smartly renovated restaurant and theater are red carpet ready.<br /> <br /> Highland Park Village, which has been legendary for luxury shopping since it opened in 1931, just got even swankier with the May unveiling of a glamorous restaurant and lounge, the Marquee Grill & Bar. Its name pays homage to the Village Theatre next door, a 75-year-old national historic landmark that reopened in December after a two-year, $5 million face-lift.<br /> <br /> Both the theater and restaurant are owned and operated by restaurateur Brian Twomey of Twomey Concepts, who teamed up with Ray Washburne, the shopping center’s co-owner and lifelong Park Cities resident, to help bring the theater back to its original art deco glory. Marquee started out as an idea for a pizza parlor on the lower floor of the theater, but quickly evolved into a multimillion-dollar, chef-driven restaurant next door, featuring Tre Wilcox, former Abacus chef de cuisine.<br /> <br /> In addition to Wilcox’s New American fare, Marquee Grill & Bar is dishing up some serious interior design. Inspired by a bold, graphic style popularized in the ’60s and ’70s by renowned London decorator and socialite David Hicks, the first floor was envisioned to appeal to a mostly female, fashion-conscious crowd, with slimmer booths, lighter woods and lighting designed to flatter skin tones. “You have great boutiques all around, like Chanel, Escada and St. John, but there wasn’t particularly a restaurant that catered to women,” says architect Paul Jankowski, who worked on the restaurant and theater with designer Jan Martin, both of the Dallas firm Zero 3 Inc. Architecture and Interior Design. They took suggestions to heart from Washburne’s wife, Heather, and from Elisa Summers, wife of Washburne’s business partner, Stephen Summers, and created an eatery that is as stylish as the neighborhood women.<br /> <br /> It’s all in the math. Hicks’ signature hexagon design shows up in the restaurant’s custom carpeting, notes Martin, and his penchant for playful Geometry is referenced throughout, including the metal screens that divide the booths downstairs, a rail in the entry, custom glass lighting pendants and Italian glass tile over the European-style open kitchen. The classic bentwood and cane dining chairs were also a favorite of Hicks’, says Martin, who selected op art and minimalist works by two artists from Hicks’ era, Ellsworth Kelly and Victor Vasarely, for the restaurant’s entry.<br /> <br /> Martin couldn’t have picked a better designer to source, given the restaurant’s well-heeled location. Hicks, who married into royalty, “created elegant, interesting spaces for socializing,” says Martin. “It was a time for lively cocktail parties, smoking, wearing miniskirts, Twiggy, pop art and abstract expressionists. He was one of the first to put contemporary elements and art in historic rooms,” she adds, which seems apropos for a new restaurant that is designed to look like it has always been part of the surrounding historic architecture. To the delight of the neighborhood theater-going regulars, an original wrought iron Juliet balcony, part of the exterior wall of the theater, was retained. It now overlooks the front atrium stairwell.<br /> <br /> But the community is so much more than power shopping and ladies who lunch, and Twomey knows this. That’s why there are three patio spaces for hanging out after work, exercise, tennis or golf. The upstairs dining area, while elegant, is much more casual, with exposed brick walls, cypress paneling and leather banquettes. A lounge upstairs, inside a space once devoted to the theater, is geared for the guys, albeit Q Custom Clothier-Pockets Menswear-Billy Reid-wearing kind of guys, with chocolate velvet and leather banquettes and menswear shirting accents, such as custom carpeting in a tattersall pattern, and blue and white banker’s stripe pillows. Vintage midcentury posters of cigarettes and cigars decorate the walls, and a large cubist style mural that extends behind several booths is constructed of painted wood veneers, paper and cardboard.<br /> <br /> The bar, with design reminiscent of the historic Sazerac Bar inside The Roosevelt hotel in New Orleans, is intended to be a destination all its own, with classic white-coated bartenders and a full-time professional mixologist, Jason Kosmas, who’s created a signature drink called the Scarf Dancer, made from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, black currants, lemon juice and St. Germain elderflower liqueur.<br /> <br /> Hands down, the hottest spot in the place for neighborhood locals turns out to be a glassed-in bar area on top of the theater’s marquee. Says Twomey: “You can see all of your friends walking around, and it’s great fashion-watching. It’s the best view in the Park Cities.” David Hicks, we think, would concur.<br /> <br /> Marquee Player<br /> <br /> Cost <br /> <br /> Then Built in 1935 for $100,000, the Village Theatre was the first luxury theater in Texas and one of the first in the country with sound and color.<br /> <br /> Now A two-year, $5 million renovation culminates in a glamorous reveal in December 2010, with the Marquee Grill & Bar opening in May. The lobby, with solid maple wood paneling, marble tiles and zebra wood finishes, resembles a boutique hotel. Private screening rooms include luxe design and state-ofthe- art systems.<br /> <br /> Décor <br /> <br /> Then An art deco “under the sea” motif was originally on display in the main auditorium. Original solid wood paneling was torn out in 1984.<br /> <br /> Now Using old photos as a reference, Jan Martin of Zero 3 reproduced the motif by hand, and local artists painted it along the escalator walls. New paneling was installed.<br /> <br /> Concessions <br /> <br /> then Popcorn, candy, Coca-Cola now Grilled paninis and popcorn drizzled with flavored oils, by chef Tre Wilcox; fresh cookies from Celebrity Cafe & Bakery<br /> <br /> Marquee <br /> <br /> Then Movie titles were announced with white clip-on lettering that had to be set by hand.<br /> <br /> Now A new marquee was built for the theater, but the designers eschewed digital displays in favor of the clip-on lettering. Some traditions just shouldn’t be touched!