Thursday, January 31, 2013
New music venue and Fuzzy’s Tacos to replace LaGrange in Deep Ellum
Expect music by February 9 and tacos by late March.
DEEP ELLUM Just two and a half months after the closing of Deep Ellum music venue La Grange, new owners are ready to move in.
Scott Beggs, the venue’s former manager and talent buyer, is spearheading the effort to reopen the garage door as a music venue called Three Links. Next door, there will be a Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. The plan is to begin Three Links' business in less than two weeks, when hardcore rockers Terror take the stage February 9. Fuzzy’s is slated to open in late March or early April, Beggs said.
As Central Track first reported, Beggs teamed up with Kris Youmans of Tactics Productions and Oliver Peck of Elm Street Tattoo to bring the venture to fruition. Beggs will serve as general manager, focusing on the day-to-day handling of Three Links, including operations, promotions, and marketing. Peck will lend his artistic abilities to the design and layout of the venue. And Youmans will focus mostly on booking bands.
“Between the three of us, we go pretty deep in the music industry,” Beggs said. “We’re working on putting together the most fun and best talent we can.”
The venue's interior will remain largely the same, apart from a new sound system and new lighting. The décor will be redone in homage to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, whose symbol is three red, white, and blue links. (Hence the venue name Three Links.) Odd Fellows, not to be confused with the delectable Oddfellows bistro in Oak Cliff, is a secret society of do-gooders and community activists that dates back to the early 19th century. Youmans said the interior will likely host a variety of iconic images representative of the order’s history. All three owners are active Odd Fellows members.
Fuzzy’s and Three Links will operate independently; however, the buildings will remain connected by a small hallway in the back. Youmans emphasized the importance of choosing a stable and productive partner to share 2704 Elm Street because he believes it is essential to the bar’s success.
“[The kitchen] was the part of the business that was keeping it from being successful,” Youmans said, referring to LaGrange's trouble. The trio did not want the restaurant to be a financial burden on the music venue, which is how Fuzzy's got involved, Beggs added.
“The day of the 9 p.m.-2 a.m. concert venue is going away,” Beggs said. “You have to offer more than just music.” Tacos it is.
Shannon Sutlief contributed to this story.
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