This single mom working three jobs to pay rent and keep her baby in diapers could not afford to fail and would not stop until her vision was realized. Pearl Bar’s success enabled her to open Lustre Pearl bar on Rainey Street in Austin. Where others saw a grungy, torn-down neighborhood, Dunlap recognized massive potential for the charming block already green-lighted for massive development. Lustre Pearl’s near instant success allowed her to sell off her Houston venture to invest wholeheartedly in the quickly transitioning Austin neighborhood.
While developers eventually took over the original corner lot where Lustre Pearl thrived, Dunlap and her husband, Chris Parker, picked themselves up, and dusted themselves off. When Lustre’s head was cut off, instead of two heads growing back, she sprang forth with three, more powerful than the mythical Hydra. Lustre’s reincarnation came in the form of a modern Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street, Lustre Pearl East (built around the original Lustre house), and Lustre Pearl Denver. Never content to sit on their laurels, the Dunlap ATX team have more projects in store for the future, so stay tuned!
Dunlap likes to party hard, travel often, read, write, sing, roller skate, and karaoke among other very sophisticated activities.