The most in-demand restaurant designers in Dallas are also restaurant operators themselves. The duo of John Paul Valverde and Miguel Vicens, creative directors of Coevál Studio, decided to diversify in 2008 when the real estate market crashed and demand for high-end commercial design slowed to a crawl. While the restaurant industry wasn’t faring that much better, Valverde and Vicens made a go of it, collaborating with other partners for concepts such as Pakpao and El Bolero.
For their newest collaboration, Quill, Vicens and Valverde along with their partners, restaurant operator Joseph Palladino (Nick & Sam’s) and Richard Ellman (Apheleia Restaurant Group), knew they had to create something that would wow even its Dallas Design District neighbors. Aiming for classic and iconic, and inspired by contemporary European restaurants set in spaces that date back hundreds of years, the result is a swanky and lavish lounge that has quickly become one of the city’s see-and-be-seen spots. What's more, the designers found ways to keep Quill on budget; here they share some cost-saving tips.
Check out the glamorous Quill.