Sunday, October 20, 2013 , Updated 5:43 p.m., November 13, 2013
UPDATED: New Discovery Channel show Bar Hunters does Dallas
A father and his two sons opened a Cali-style bar, but it has already closed.
Who wouldn’t want to open a bar, asked 20-year industry expert Tom Powers. He’s the host of Bar Hunters, a new Discovery Channel show where first-time owners scout for a location for their ideal new business.
Powers and a film crew traveled to Arizona, Kansas, Pennsylvania and Texas, giving advice on concepts like a dive bar, country watering hole and craft beer joint. The premiere on Monday includes two 30-minute episodes, with the second focusing on a dad and two brothers whose concept is a California-style bar in the Dallas area. They’ve got $750,000 to invest – but where?
Bryan, Scott and Allan Tallis visited three potential locations: a Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill franchise in Richardson; Teddy’s Room nightclub in Uptown Dallas; and a raw space to build out in a new development in Addison.
Bikinis was an instant “no.” They didn’t want a franchise, which Scott Tallis explained as “someone else’s idea,” despite the potential for a healthy return on investment. The Uptown club had a nearly unusable kitchen, and – spoiler alert – the Tallis’ ultimately decided they wanted to build their own bar in Addison.
They’re now the owners of the Break Bar & Grill in Vitruvian Park, opened in February. It wasn’t the location Powers would have chosen – and in fact he “flat-out disagreed in what they ended up taking,” he said – but that’s part of the fun of the show: The buyers get to choose.
Their location in a growing Addison area is a challenge, said Allan Tallis, but if successful, the family hopes to open more bars like the Break.
See the Tallis’ story on Bar Hunters, premiering Monday at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel.
UPDATE: On Monday, November 11, The Break closed its doors. Allen Tallis confirmed they have "unresolved issues with the landlord" and that the very new development was hard for customers to find.
"The area, which is quite lovely, is very, very green, and we just weren't able to develop the stream of customers to come to the place to support it," Tallis said. He said he looks forward to family dinners now, where everyone can be home instead of manning the bar.
In early 2014, Tallis said he and his sons will consider another concept.
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