Ryan Oruch, the chef and co-owner of Plano’s Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill, announced plans to open The Wilfred, a classic speakeasy, adjacent to his seafood restaurant in Lakeside Market at 4017 Preston Road, Suite 530, Plano.
Oruch lived in Plano his whole life and has now spent half of his life working in his family’s restaurant business. However, two years ago, he was looking for a change of pace and decided to move from Plano to Bishop Arts.
“I wanted to surround myself with like-minded, passionate, hospitality-driven individuals and man did I find it!” explained Oruch. “However, there are some amazing things happening in both the bar and restaurant environments here in North Texas, and I wanted to engage in those dialogues moving the industry forward.”
A speakeasy, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, is an establishment that sells alcoholic beverages, or a retro style bar that replicates aspects of historical speakeasies. Speakeasy bars came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era. During that time, the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcoholic beverages was illegal throughout the United States.
Speakeasies largely disappeared after Prohibition ended in 1933. The speakeasy-style trend began in 2000 with the opening of the bar Milk & Honey, which has since closed. Once tucked discreetly behind a little black door in the heart of Soho since 2002. It was at the vanguard of the speakeasy movement in London.
Our favorite speakeasy is located in New York City and is accessed through a phone booth located in Crif’s Hotdogs. Please Don’t Tellserves amazing cocktails and is available with reservations only.
One of the hottest new restaurants North of 635 is Prohibition Chicken located in downtown Lewisville. This unique restaurant that serves up the most amazing fried chicken in DFW has a private Speak Easy room in the back behind a secret panel in a phone booth. We wrote about this fun restaurant earlier this year, and this is where you will be able to attend a fun beer and whiskey dinner on Wednesday, December 6th. Continue reading →
The end of summer is rapidly drawing near marking the end of Prohibition Chicken’s cocktail class serieswith a trip down South. The magic of the Prohibition Era is encapsulated by the words of Ernest Hemingway, who drank as well as he wrote. Hemingway’s lasting effect on the Cuban landscape made its way into the cocktails first introduced during the Prohibition Era and adopted across America after the abolition of the Volstead Act in 1933 and rum’s following explosion onto the cocktail scene.Continue reading →
A visit to the very new Prohibition Chickenin Lewisville brought some smiles this past week. This new restaurant serves up a deliciously conceived yard bird in a host of fashions including a nicely roasted version that has been pecan smoked to an inviting dark patina, another that is smoked then fried, yet another simply fried, and then one more that is hot chili fried which has been given a jalapeno ranch dusting. All uniquely devised with a double dipped coating that leaves for a large bite packed with flavor.
But Prohibition Chicken is not necessarily about the bird, there is so much more going on in these walls. When I visited there was talk of a speakeasy, which I am always highly suspicious of when I hear that term. We do have a few legitimate versions in the DFW area, but then we have another slew of these speakeasy’s which are merely backroom bars located down a hallway, hardly qualifying as a spakeasy. I was pleased to see Prohibition did their homework and came up with a whimsical entry via an old phone booth ala Please Don’t Tell (PDT) in New York which requires a waltz through a run down hot doggery. What we find inside Prohibition’s speakeasy, once we dialed in the correct number on the antique telephone (this may eliminate some millennials which have never actually dialed a phone), we were able to enter into the Wonka of cocktail lounges.
Look for a new speakeasy to open in Deep Ellum. High and Tight Barbershop will have the front of a 1920’s barbershop where you can get a straight razor cut, shoes shined and such. In a back room you will find an old school Coke machine, a piano, and also feature a cocktail den that is whiskey and gin oriented. They will try to keep the menu extremely traditional, but will have a rotation menu with other spirits such as rum and tequila. Continue reading →