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When Klyde Warren Park opened last year, it certainly broadened our downtown entertainment options. With everything from bocce ball to knitting classes, the outdoor space has become an iconic people magnet in a ridiculously short period of time.

Looking to amp up the proceedings another notch is Lark on the Park, Shannon Wynne?s latest destination. And surprisingly, its big ?draw? is neither food nor drink.

Soaring above the dark banquettes and tables with lime-green chairs are seven blackboards, each telling a different story by a different artist.

Take Narda Lebo?s snake installation, featured prominently above the bar. She documented her process to intriguing effect (the video is especially mesmerizing toward its end, when she adds texture to the drawing). The medium is new to Lebo, but you wouldn?t know it based on the intricacy of her design.

And speaking of the bar--made from a 200-year-old piece of cypress wood from Caddo Lake--we can?t wait to return for a Strawberry Portón (Pisco Portón, strawberries, pineapple syrup, egg whites, lime juice and habanero bitters; $10) and to sample the California-style, Thai-influenced fare like shrimp with arugula and cashews ($14) and crispy pork belly (moo krob; $24).

Between the elaborate illustrations and the pedestrian parade outside, it?s a feast for the senses.

Lark on the Park, 2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway; 214-855-5275 or

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