Tuesday, April 30, 2013 , Updated 10:32 a.m., May 6, 2013
UPDATED: Second Katy Trail Ice House will open in Plano in late May
The dog-friendly watering hole has proven incredibly popular in Uptown Dallas, its first location.
UPDATE: The bar and restaurant in Uptown Dallas called Katy Trail Ice House will have a sibling restaurant in Plano near Park Boulevard and Preston Road. Expect Katy Trail Ice House Outpost in Plano to open in late May.
The Outpost will replace Bandito's, a Tex-Mex restaurant that operated in that space for about a year. Katy Trail managing partner Buddy Cramer is also affiliated with the Bandito's group, but he and business partner Joe Tillotson are taking the space over, infusing the Katy Trail concept.
The Katy Trail Ice House Outpost will serve Katy Trail's menu, plus barbecue on the weekends. Expect 28 beers on tap, many of them local brews, and a full bar.
Construction has already begun to turn the front of the restaurant into a massive patio that seats 200 people. Cramer and Tillotson have purchased 12 large trees to plant on-site to give it that backyard bar feel. In essence, Cramer and his crew are attempting to convert a restaurant in a strip center in Plano into a beer garden where there's no sign of suburban life from inside its patio.
"You will not see the street at all," Cramer said.
Original story: Backyard beer drinkers, rejoice: Katy Trail Ice House in Uptown Dallas will open a second location north of Dallas. We'll keep you posted on the address when it's announced soon.
[UPDATE: The official name will be Katy Trail Ice House Outpost. The location is still TBA.]
The Uptown location is packed to the gills on sunny Saturdays and Sundays, beckoning daydrinkers to its Austin-style, dog-friendly patio right on the side of the Katy Trail.
The second Katy Trail in the 'burbs will mirror the Uptown location, and will serve a full bar (including those popular beeritas), plus a similar food menu and barbecue, said co-owner Buddy Cramer. The original Katy Trail began barbecuing in 2011, but they got serious about it in February 2013, Cramer said, using a new smoker that cooks brisket low and slow for 18 hours over oak.
Barbecue was always part of the vision of Katy Trail Ice House, but a second location wasn't part of Cramer's and business partner Joe Tillotson's master plan until they saw the success of the first one.
"Katy Trail caught on better than we could have ever imagined," Cramer said. "We recognized there's an opportunity there. Not everyone lives in the center of Dallas."
Though the main demographic for the Uptown Katy Trail Ice House is mostly twentysomething citydwellers, Cramer said people of all ages are seen lazing on the patio, including his 84-year-old mother, who chose to spend Mother's Day and Easter there. He expects a family-friendly clientele at the north-of-Dallas location, with people of all ages.
The second Katy Trail will open at the end of May. Stay tuned for more.
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