Over the last few years, Bowen House has become a gathering place for a particularly pretty crowd of Dallasites. We can all thank its sharp-dressed ringmaster.
“I’ve always been in the restaurant business because of my family. My dad owns St. Martin’s on Greenville Avenue and Arthur’s in Addison. Arthur’s has been open since 1948; it’s the oldest operating restaurant in Dallas. I’ve always worked for my family, and this opportunity came up with Bowen House a few years ago. Since I have a fine dining background, the basic idea was: Why not do a fine dining bar without the restaurant? I didn’t want a full dining room but wanted people to be able to come in and have good cocktails, and delicious food like beef tartare and fried brie instead of greasy bar food. I’m fortunate enough to have a neighbor as great as SD Oyster Bar, which has been open for 40 years. I hope Bowen House can be something like that. I love history, and Bowen is the oldest house in Dallas County that remains in its original place, and the first house in uptown.”