Thursday, May 23, 2013 , Updated 11:35 a.m., June 21, 2013
UPDATED: Dallas Beer Kitchen opened June 21
After a soft opening this week, it's time for the real deal.
LOWER GREENVILLE Back on March 6, the folks from the local blog Best Damn Things made an announcement. Rather than continue merely enjoying all of DFW's brews, bloggers Joe Scribner and Bryan Kaeser -- along with their wives and young adult/teen kids -- are tossing their energies behind a new craft beer and "elevated comfort food" oasis at 1804 Greenville Ave. called Dallas Beer Kitchen.
The new space will feature a garage door creating an indoor-outdoor patio; 30 taps and a bartender one month away from becoming a Cicerone; and beer- and food-loving creatives pulling the strings.
Scribner and Kaeser conservatively expect a mid-June opening, depending on permitting and last-minute tweaks.
Dallas Beer Kitchen by the numbers:
- 30: the number of taps. About 10-15 will be dedicated to local craft breweries, and the rest will be "best of the best" worldwide, according to the guys behind the project. "Our tap list will absolutely differentiate us from all other area craft beer places," Scribner said. "It will have rare, hard to find stuff."
- 1927: the year the building was built.
- 51: the occupancy.
- 168: number of free parking spaces, which means no valet.
Scribner looks every bit the part of "interesting character," wearing a Revolver Brewing cap and a Foreigner t-shirt. With a background in construction, he calls his partnership with Kaeser, who has retail management experience, a "perfect marriage." The space's finish certainly reflects the pair's appreciation for rustic sophistication. Staying true to the building's original feel, they've created an environment in the Greenville Avenue storefront that is a little bit cosmopolitan, a little bit rock'n'roll, from its classic decorative ceilings to the photographs of 1990s-era rock stars on the bathroom walls.
Painted a fetching burnt orange, the front walls are lined with canvas prints of 1920s-era Dallas by Stuart Osborne of Bishop Canvas Printing in Oak Cliff. "We try and support Oak Cliff as much as possible, and he was a perfect match for our concept," Scribner said.
While the menu is still still evolving, Scribner says that guests can expect competitive prices. Menu items include:
- Movie theater popcorn made in coconut oil, drizzled with clarified butter and topped with sea salt
- Pretzel bites served with house made horseradish beer cheese sauce
- Ground brisket burger topped with bacon, cheddar, grilled onion, and roasted garlic aoli
- Fried beef hot dog with pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and other fixins
- Pop Tarts and ice cream -- yes, Pop Tarts topped with Henry's Super Vanilla Bean ice cream
- Guinness cake and ice cream
- Fried biscuits tossed in cinnamon and sugar, topped with ice cream and house made candied pecans
UPDATE: Following a soft opening, Dallas Beer Kitchen will officially open June 21 from 4 p.m. to midnight. According to a Facebook post, they will be open this weekend from noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday.
Over the last 24 hours, they've revealed the tap list online. Selections include beers from Ommegang, Rogue, Stone, and Deschutes, in addition to Lakewood, Revolver, and Peticolas, among the diverse and expansive menu.
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