Monday, April 1, 2013 , Updated 12:40 p.m., June 10, 2013
UPDATED: Open-air burger joint and dog park opens in Uptown Dallas June 19
Two-legs and four-legs, all friends are welcome on the patio called Mutts.
DALLAS The SMU alumni who brought you fancy-pants bowling are set to add another quirky line to their resumes when they finally answer the age-old (well, decade-old) quandry: Who let the dogs out? Free Range Concepts partners, Josh Sepkowitz and Kyle Noonan, will open Mutts, a combination "modern-day roadside burger stand" and dog park in late May.
[UPDATE: The official opening date is June 19. Here's an interesting side note: You don't have to bring a dog to be welcome at Mutts. “The restaurant will be a fun place for people to gather for good food and drink, but we want people to know that this is a restaurant first, dog park second," said Sepkowitz.]
While Uptown might be best known for high-end shopping and $12 cocktails, the partners are confident that the open-air restaurant, which will be located on the former Hank Haney Golf Course, will appeal to both the Louboutin and Birkenstock contingencies. Noonan and Sepkowitz also recently announced another patio-and-beer heavy concept, The Rustic, a joint venture with alt-country singer Pat Green and a fourth owner, Brian Manion. The Rustic looks to be within a stone's throw of Mutts, and rep Lindsey Miller tells us that it is set to open in late June or early July.
Mutts will serve burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, and shakes during lunch and dinner hours. Breakfast will bring coffee, breakfast tacos, bagels, and pastries.
"We think everyone loves great tasting food at an affordable price, plus our great patio, music, and full bar doesn't hurt either," Noonan said.
And, no patio-heavy joint worth its salt would be complete without a full bar, including local selections and beers from favorites like Franconia, Deep Ellum Brewing Company, Rahr & Sons, Community Beer Company, Lakewood, and Peticolas. (You should get familiar with those brands if you're not already.)
As for the pooches, Mutts will be an explicitly dog-friendly environment with an outdoor area seating 200 and, according to a press release, a "private, maintained dog park adjacent to the restaurant, where monthly memberships or one-time day passes will be available for purchase."
Membership pricing has yet to be announced. [UPDATE: The dog park costs $9.95 per dog, per month or $4.95 for a one-time day pass. A membership offers unlimited visits.]
Mutts is set to debut in late May at 2889 Cityplace West Blvd., and will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.
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