The resurrection of the famous Trees Dallas by new owners Clint and Whitney Barlow in 2009 was a sure sign the Deep Ellum’s music scene was on the way back to prominence. Trees has been bringing local and national acts of virtually every genre to Dallas ever since. Clint toured as the drummer for Vanilla Ice, and was a booking agent before reopening Trees. Clint’s music industry background focused the renovations on improving the sound, A/C and sight lines without losing the unique character of the building. Trees recently announced that the sound system will be upgraded again, with the new system going live in mid-August. This is the loudest venue in Dallas. Bring earplugs!
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Let’s talk about the parking problem in Deep Ellum.
There is NO PARKING PROBLEM IN DEEP ELLUM. Ok –glad we got that out of the way.
There is easy parking within a 10 minute walk of every venue, easy access to DART, and inexpensive UBER/LYFT/Cab rides back to the residential areas surrounding the core of the Dallas. During the day, every meter is free until 6pm. But always check the sticker on the meter, and the street signs for time limits.
Parking in Deep Ellum requires a realignment of expectations. You are not in a suburban area. It’s urban. There will be no huge big box parking lot. There will rarely be valet parking. If this is an issue, perhaps Deep Ellum is not a place for you to visit. Continue reading
The Free Man celebrates its third anniversary tonight in grand style. The notorious house band, the Freeloaders will play from 7 to 10pm, followed by Roomsounds from 10pm until 2am. John Jay Myers just updated his menu a bit adding some interesting plays on his usual family Cajun recipes.
Standouts on the new menu items include several extremely tasty pasta dishes with one very exceptional vegetarian version, a sandwich with slow cooked brisket and a surprise fried egg center, and these amazing brisket sliders set atop the very best cornbread you will ever taste. Then there is the new dessert. Cheesecake can seem a bit boring, but not at the Free Man where it is homemade, creamy and light, and given the bacon and caramel treatment for one kicked up happy ending. If you try nothing else, go to Free Man for the cheesecake. And those sliders. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
The day finally arrived, and this past Friday the many fans who had previously waited for hours to sample BBQ vittles from Pecan Lodge hastily plowed through the long line that curved outside the new building in Deep Ellum. With nearly 5,000 square feet, the new Pecan Lodge was able to accommodate the hungry hoard with ease, with wait time just mere minutes due to several stations that sliced and diced the smokey meats. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Calais Winery in Deep Ellum will be shutting their doors July first and moving down to Hye, TX once their new winery is ready, probably by the end of summer or early fall, according to Benjamin Calais. This is also home to Garrison Brothers Distillery.
by Steven Doyle
For those sitting in wait for Pecan Lodge 2.0 to open in Deep Ellum, set your clocks for 7pm May 23rd. This is when the public will be able to sample the amazing brisket, sausages, ribs (both pork and beef) along with all the other fantastic things that has made the BBQ joint so legendary. The new digs are spectacular, and befit the vision that owners Diane and Justin Fourton have been furiously developing for the past year.
With news of the opening, and a preview for friends and media, there were some terrific announcements made last night. The first is that Pecan Lodge will now be selling growlers of beer. And to top off the brew news Four Corners Brewing Company came up with a new beer in their line up called The Boss Lady, which is named after Diane Fourton. The new beer, called Rustic Red, is actually a spin off of the brewing company’s American amber, Red Roja, that has been dry hopped for a special piquant flavoring backed with notes of stone fruit and citrus. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Bryan Coonrod
The owners of Pecan Lodge, Justin and Diane Fourton, have been blessed. In 2010 they decided to leave their corporate jobs to take on their first restaurant and took up digs in Shed #2 at the Dallas Farmers Market. The plan was to recreate the same solid BBQ that Justin grew up on in Abilene, and mix in some terrific sides and fried chicken straight from Diane’s family table. It was slow going at first even though Justin was blazing a trail and highhandedly resurrected the Dallas BBQ scene. The love and expertise in which Justin throws down his succulent brisket, meaty ribs, and heavily sought after burnt ends is legend unto itself.
It probably didn’t seem like an over night success for the Fourton’s. In the beginning the foot traffic was not the same as it is today at the downtown farmers market. That all came after a few key television appearances, specifically on the Food Network’s Guy Fieri circus, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Although Fieri is abrasive, his audience is loyal and soon queued up around the building for a taste of what the Fourton’s knew to be the best BBQ around. And it is. Continue reading