by Steven Doyle
We picked up the news yesterday afternoon that Tom and Lisa Georgalis, the owners of The Ivy Tavern located on Lemmon Avenue purchased the Windmill, the long time cocktail lounge considered the first craft cocktail house in Dallas and is located on Maple and one time home of Charlie Papaceno who now owns Industry Alley. Sound confusing? We have been promised a full press release explaining all the fun details sometime this morning.
As promised, here is the release in total:
Big changes are in the works at Windmill Lounge, a bar once named one of the best bars in the country by Esquire Magazine for good drinks, good music and a fun crowd since it opened 11 years ago on Maple Avenue. Louise Owens has sold the bar to Lisa and Tom Georgalis and the Triada Hospitality Group, owners of the popular Ivy Tavern. During this transition, the Windmill will remain open.
Rather than fully re-concepting the bar, the new owners want to embrace everything that’s already great about the Windmill Lounge. So the current hours will remain, as will the focus on classic and craft cocktails, music and the casual come-as-you-are attitude.
From there, updates will include an all-new menu to be introduced within 30-60 days. It will feature chef-driven pizzas along with classic and gourmet choices, each with dough made fresh daily. A wings menu will consist of flavors unique to the Windmill, and for those desiring a lighter meal, there will be a selection of fresh and flavorful salads. To wash it all down, cocktails will be joined by a revamped beer and wine program, ensuring that customers have plenty to choose from.
Minor cosmetic changes will be applied to the exterior and interior of the building. But the most noticeable aesthetic improvement will be the updated patio, with a goal to make the outdoor space more customer friendly and accessible.
Happy hour will be Georgalis style, which means long and generous, and will run from 4pm until 9pm. And stay tuned for daily specials that will feature different discounted options every day of the week.
“We’re so excited to add the Windmill Lounge under our wing, a bar that we’ve been fans of for years,” said Lisa and Tom Georgalis. “We want to retain that old-school, classic cocktail lounge feel, while updating the bar with some delicious menu options as well as a few cosmetic and tech additions, like a revamped patio and internet access. We hope that current patrons and plenty of new ones, too, will come join us as we aim to do the iconic Windmill Lounge proud.”
Windmill Lounge is located at 5320 Maple Ave. Hours are 4pm-2am Sunday through Wednesday, and 4pm-4am Thursday through Saturday.