Friday, June 14, 2013
Deep Ellum is buzzing with 3 new businesses on the same block
Check out WORK., Twilite Lounge, and Glazed Donut Works.
DEEP ELLUM For years, empty buildings were awfully common on the streets of Deep Ellum. Go down there today and the neighborhood residents will be singing a slightly different tune. Well, that could also be the bands playing down there this weekend. The 2600 block of Elm Street in particular seems to be a hub for new, independent businesses, with a two recent openings and one on the way.
WORK. — Located at 2618 Elm, this new spot isn't all about work -- there's time for play, too. The restaurant's shtick is that it provides a place to eat for corporate businesspeople, evident by the conference-style high tables suitable for six and the sassy female secretaries ... err, I mean bartenders and waitresses. Misogynistic as the concept may sound, the vibe is chill and the food good. The menu, a file folder with stylized loose leaf paper, is serious business. WORK. specializes in smoked meats, which come as traditional plates with sides, atop a salad, or as creative appetizers. Interesting dishes include brisket and pork sandwiches, a nacho plate with waffle fries as the base, and bacon-wrapped shrimp with goat cheese. The "play" side of the business includes arcade games, nine flat screen televisions, and a pimped-out lounge complete with white leather sofas and shag carpet. Oddly enough, when I visited, I was the only one with a laptop and notebook — seems the play side is more popular.
Twilite Lounge — Deep Ellum's newest dive bar resides in the unsuspecting storefront at 2640 Elm Street. The charming space found behind large wooden doors is decorated with kitschy antiques, most of which owners Jess Barr and Danny Balis acquired through Craigslist. Three and a half years in the making, Twilite Lounge was inspired by dive bars throughout New Orleans and Europe, but with the clear intention of creating a comfortable space. With 1920s wallpaper, leather booths, oriental rugs, and vintage bookcases, there is no doubt you'll feel right at home. Also worth noting is the gorgeous chandelier that adds a refined element to the interior. The bar has been open less than two weeks, but on a recent visit, the patio/courtyard area was buzzing. Twilite Lounge also doubles as a venue, with two stages — one inside and one outside. Couple that with a variety of local beers on tap and this is sure to be a hip place this summer.
Glazed Donut Works — Not much has been revealed about a new specialty doughnut shop going in 2644 Elm Street, but co-owner Darren Cameron confirmed it will be open in the next 30 days. The business will make many of its circular sweets from scratch, and the majority of its original recipes come from trial and error, he said. The shop will also stay open for late-night party goers Thursday through Saturday. If you don't live close, Glazed Donut Works' short, pink school bus will "bring a little of our Deep Ellum shop to other parts of the metroplex," Cameron said. More to come.Follow @tineywristwatch
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