Thursday, June 13, 2013 , Updated 4:08 p.m., July 2, 2013
UPDATED: Patio spot Boxwood Tap & Grill opens in Uptown in July
The former chef de cuisine at Cafe 43 in the Bush Presidential Center will helm the kitchen.
DALLAS Replacing the now-shuttered Thomas Avenue Beverage Company -- known affectionately by Uptown Dallas dwellers as TABC -- comes a new neighborhood bar called Boxwood Tap & Grill that will open in early July.
[UPDATE: The opening has been pushed back to mid-July.]
Boxwood is part-owned by Tommy DeAlano, who also is involved with fine dining restaurant Oak in the Design District, plus two spots on Henderson Avenue in Dallas -- nightclub Candleroom and cocktail den The Dram. Does Boxwood resemble any of those swanky spots? Not exactly, said partner DJ Donohoe. "This is casual, good food, tons of sandwiches, good bar bites, and a good beer list," he said.
The chef is Jason Wade, formerly of Whiskey Cake in Plano and Café 43 at the Bush Presidential Center. Wade was chef de cuisine at Café 43 briefly, but he said moving to Boxwood gave him the opportunity to be more creative and work with bold flavors.
"I wanted to be able to push the envelope with food ... and make it more flavorful," Wade said. "Opening a new place on a ground floor is a nice situation to be in, and I'm looking forward to growing this concept in the future and opening up future locations."
The menu isn't finished yet, but Wade said to expect "approachable" modern American food, with items like sandwiches, salads, and a few entrees. Boxwood will also serve a smaller bar menu until 2 a.m. with hummus and cheese boards.
Partners hope the vibe of Boxwood is that of a friendly neighborhood hangout. The kitchen was gutted and the dining room interior was redone in greens and creams, Donohoe said. The back patio, popular when TABC was open, will have the addition of Boxwood trees to give it a "garden feel," Donohoe said.
The cocktail list is going to be partly put together by Jason Kosmas (the Eighty Six Co., Village Marquee Texas Grill & Bar) and will feature rotating drinks based on season. This summer, expect margaritas and "light summer drinks," Donohoe said. The bartenders are currently working on concocting their own ginger beer.
The bar will have 10 beers on tap and 20 in bottles. Some will be local, Donohoe said.
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