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Restaurant Superstars and The Way Forward! Spencer McGowan Interviews The Legendary Shannon Wynne!
Shannon Wynne began his career as a restaurateur in 1980. After his favorite bar in Dallas, the Stoneleigh P, burned down, Wynne and a group of friends and investors brought together their resources and opened 8.0 Bar (“Eight-Oh). Wynne opened a string of O-clubs and restaurants across Dallas including Nostromo, The Rio Room, Rocco Oyster Bar, Mexico, and Tango. All of these ventures were highly successful and contributed to Mr. Wynne’s future and ongoing successes.
Flying Saucer Draught Emporium In 1995, He designed and opened the first Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Sundance Square with Keith Schlabs. The restaurant included an extensive beer selection, with hundreds of options in bottles and over 80 quality hand-crafted beers on tap. The Flying Saucer now has three location in the DFW metroplex as well as other units including Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Lake Ray Hubbard and Sugarland; Kansas City, Missouri; LIttle Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; Cordova, Tennessee; Nashville, Tennessee, Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbia, South Carolina; and Raleigh, North Carolina.
Flying Fish In 2002, Mr. Wynne designed and opened the first Flying Fish, a casual seafood restaurant, in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Flying Fish serves catfish, shrimp, oysters, crawfish and other seafood. Wynne expanded the restaurant throughout North Texas with locations in Addison, Dallas: Irving Blvd., Dallas: Preston Center, Garland, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Garland: Firewheel, and Houston.
Meddlesome Moth and Moth Management In 2010, He designed and opened Meddlesome Moth, a gastro pub with a tap room and a chef driven menu. The restaurant, the first to be located in the Dallas Design District, offers an extensive beer selection with a rare cask tapped weekly. The Moth features art works by James Surls, Frank Tolbert, Dmitri Vail and many others. Mr. Wynne’s other businesses includeRodeo Goatand Miriam.
Shannon Wynne is currently on the board of The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center. He has also served on the board of the North Texas Food Bank and KERA radio in Dallas. He co-founded Preservation Park Cities, now called Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society since merging with the Park Cities Historical Society. Wynne co-founded the David Dike Art Auction with Texas art expert David Dike. Wynne currently serves on the Board of the Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth, Texas.