Deep Ellum, the city’s most dense entertainment district, is no stranger to restaurant and bar shakeups. Lately, a flurry of arrivals, departures, and more have occurred in the bustling neighborhood. Let’s take a look on the hubbub in the neighborhood, shall we?
Phoenix-Based Postino Opens Its Wine Bar
Last summer, I was getting coffee at Merit on Main Street. I walked, cold brew in hand, and scrutinized every posted permit to see if a new restaurant or bar was fated for the empty space—as a food editor does. And, lo, Postino was slated to open next to the coffee shop. (I wrote a bit about it in August, then in November.) Postino, so named because its original location converted an old post office in Phoenix into a wine cafe, means “postman” in Italian. Now, the wine cafe has finally made its Deep Ellum debut. It opened on April 19 at 2647 Main Street with a dozen different takes on bruschetta, a naturally deep wine list (both by the glass and bottle), a variety of charcuterie snack boards, lots of local beer, and a promising brunch menu.
Hide Decamps Deep Ellum for Lowest Greenville
The cocktail bar closed last June, per Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to help slow the spread of COVID. Then it stayed closed. The Dallas Morning News brings word that Hide owners have decided to take their thinky drinks to Greenville Avenue in a space formerly occupied by Eastside Social. The new digs, which are much larger and boast a rooftop patio, are located in a neighborhood that’s experiencing its own bar coming-and-goings. (With Swizzle’s late 2020 arrival, maybe a cocktail bar renaissance is afoot?) Besides the pandemic-induced closure and the luck of scoring a bigger space on a bustling restaurant thoroughfare, Hide’s vibe, says the owners, was a bit more low-key than the raging that transpires in Deep Ellum from Friday evening until Sunday. They hope Lowest Greenville is a better fit.
The Sporting Club and Blüm Seem Like a Boozy Playground for Adults
Where to start with these two? First off, they’re huge (22,000 square feet huge) so there is a lot to unpack here. Let’s start with The Sporting Club. As the name suggests, you can expect to see sporting events grace TVs and outdoors find corn hole, ping pong, and other table games. Another lounge area with have more games and cocktails, plus vintage-style video games. For sustenance it’s going to be large format cocktails and shareable bites. Whereas The Sporting Club might evoke throwback jerseys and vintage athletic gear, Blüm will be a “Vegas-style day and night club” with a “DJ-driven high-energy atmosphere.” Food will lean both Italian and Southern fusion, and it’ll have bottle service. Both are officially open as of April 15 at 2516 Florence Street (you can spy it from Good Latimer).
The duo of spots are run by SoClutch Group, a hospitality company that brought Concrete Cowboy and Clutch to Dallas and owns bars in Austin, Chicago, Fort Worth, Frisco, and Houston. (The group also has Vice Park, a “lively Latin-influenced night club” in the works. It’s expected to open at 2601 Gaston Avenue at the end of 2021. Vice Park’s name came up in federal court documents when one of its investors was accused of using the club to launder money for his alleged marijuana trafficking operation.)
A Steakhouse Slash Music Venue Plots a Summertime Arrival
It’s called Cheapsteaks, reports DMN, and it’ll be a steakhouse that doubles as a concert venue with two stages. Don’t get it twisted, this won’t be a Dakota’s. John Jay Myers, who’s owned The Free Man in Deep Ellum since 2011, wants his restaurant to be approachable and affordable, hence the name. Myers thinks back on his heydays in the ’90s when industry folks and artists could afford a hearty meal at Char Bar on Greenville Avenue. Cheapsteaks will open sometime this summer at 2613 Elm Street, where Stonedeck Pizza lived for six years until closing last January.
Twisted Root Burger Co., Serious Pizza, and More Make a Comeback
Many bars that have sat dormant since last year are reopening their doors to real-life people again. In case you missed it, The Twilite Lounge recently welcomed guests back after a year of being closed. And after a renovation, Serious Pizza came back in February. The DMN counted 379 days since Twisted Root Burger Co. had shuttered at the start of the pandemic last year. On March 31, the burger joint is reopening.