Monday, June 25, 2012
Ten Bells Tavern in Bishop Arts about to open, hosts pet event on Saturday
Plucky bar could open any day this week.
DALLAS Ten Bells Tavern, the cool new bar-slash-restaurant on Seventh Street in Bishop Arts, is on the brink of officially opening -- cross your fingers, it could be this week. But regardless of when it happens, they'll open their doors on Saturday to host Spawlash Party, a "pooch pool party and dog wash" charity event for Animal Rescue of Texas.
That their inaugural event would be dog-related is fitting, since the bar was created by owners Meri Dahlke and Michael Hickey in honor of Jack, the guard dog who lived next to Lee Harvey's for 10 years, and whom Meri adopted. The Spawlash Party will raise money for ART and serve as a memorial for Jack, who died in February 2011.
Dahlke said that they've been approved on their fire and safety inspection, and are now awaiting their Certificate of Occupancy, which they hope to receive this week.
"Construction is done, we have a few things we need to tidy up, but we're getting our liquor in, and getting the kitchen up and functioning," she said. "We wanted to host this on Saturday, even though we will not be at 100% by any stretch of the imagination. But we'll put our best foot forward so we can have this memorial for Jack."
Their British-influenced menu with fish & chips, seasonal salads, sandwiches, and fun desserts has been finalized, and they also have the lineup of brews set for their half-dozen taps, including beers from Deep Ellum Brewing and Franconia. They'll have an additional 42 beers by the bottle.
"Ten Bells was created in his honor and we hope to make Jack's legacy one of love and kindness for animals in need," Dahlke said.
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