Friday, August 5, 2011
New bar Strangeways now open on Fitzhugh east of Central Expressway
It has a big beer selection and Latin American-inspired bar food.
DALLAS A new bar and restaurant called Strangeways is now open near Fitzhugh and Belmont in Dallas. Co-owner Eric Sanchez, with his sister Erica Sanchez, explains the new space as “a pub without the Irish theme to it.” The bar will specialize in beers – 40 on tap, 140 bottled and canned – plus signature cocktails influenced by the prohibition era.
Eric Sanchez' all-star bartender will be Jose Hernandez, formerly of The Common Table. Sanchez said he and Hernandez have toyed with making cocktails together for well over 10 years.
Strangeways is Sanchez' first bar. It's housed in a space that used to be a Mexican bar called El Farayon.
Residing in a relatively spotty neighborhood, Sanchez says he's heard that the neighborhood is slated to be “the next Henderson [Avenue],” but Sanchez doesn't want it. “I am very happy with there being … a hair salon next to me, a car wash next to me. I think it keeps the neighborhood genuine. There's nothing better than having a drink on the patio and seeing the quote-unquote 'regular people' walking home from work,” he said.
As for the food, the kitchen will open in one week and will serve American bar food with a Latin American twist. Sanchez is Venezuelan and his chef is Mexican, so they'll focus on dishes like tapas, plus burgers and salads on their regular menu. Brunch will be on Saturdays and Sundays. “If people like huevos rancheros, I'm going to blow them away,” Sanchez said.
It took a year to remodel the building, and the work was mostly done by Sanchez and his trusty team. They basically gutted the structure, which now features exposed brick on the inside.
“[We] had to work for it. You've got to sweat it out, cry it out, bleed it out, and it's here now,” he said. “It might take awhile to discover us, but I think they're going to like what they see.”
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