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Dallas Beer Kitchen

Dallas Beer Kitchen

Earlier this week, Lower Greenville’s Dallas Beer Kitchen announced that they would be closing their doors, thanks in large part to a decline in traffic due to construction in the up-and-coming dining district. Fortunately, the craft beer slingers have been granted a reprieve, one that came from just down the street. CultureMap reports that the owners of Nora, the Afghan restaurant just a few doors down from Dallas Beer Kitchen, will step in and help the concept keep its doors open. “We had seen the hard times coming,” Dallas Beer Kitchen owner Bryan Kaeser told CultureMap. “We decided to close and began scouting people to buy us out or take over our lease.” In Matt Pikar, who opened Nora in 2012 and owned Afghan Grill before that, Kaeser found a new partner that understood and appreciated his concept, and also wanted to keep Lower Greenville’s growing restaurant community thriving. Pikar will hire new staff for the kitchen and revamp the menu, which will allow Kaeser to focus on what he knows best – beer. Dallas Beer Kitchen officially re-opens this Friday, January 29. Foursquare Dallas Beer Kitchen 1802 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206 214-484-2481 Visit Website
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Dallas Beer Kitchen

Outside Dallas Beer Kitchen, construction is tearing into Greenville like a hungover dude diving into a Las Vegas buffet. The door is swung open, as though it hopes to suck in anyone on the narrow sidewalk. The construction has forced Dallas Beer Kitchen to cut its menu, trimming it down to the bones to wait out the city madness. I’m taking a load off at the bar with a cold beer, and spicy meats are welcome. Five dollar burgers are welcome, too.
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Dallas Beer Kitchen

CultureMap reports that the owners of Nora, the Afghan restaurant just a few doors down from Dallas Beer Kitchen, will step in and help the concept keep its doors open. “We had seen the hard times coming,” Dallas Beer Kitchen owner Bryan Kaeser told CultureMap. “We decided to close and began scouting people to buy us out or take over our lease.”
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Dallas Beer Kitchen bartenders told us to expect a slow rollout of new menu items starting very soon, with the owners hoping to have a redesigned slate of food offerings by late February. Bryan Kaeser will stay involved with the robust beer program, so as long as the city of Dallas keeps digging up the street out front, DBK will be one of the area’s biggest bargains.
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In the intervening week, Dallas Beer Kitchen was purchased by the owners of Nora, the Afghan restaurant just north on Greenville. DBK’s former owner, Bryan Kaeser, told CultureMap that, “They said they loved the concept, that it had a strong name and a presence in that craft beer market. They also wanted to make sure that the street wasn’t plagued by vacancies.”
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Earlier this week, Lower Greenville’s Dallas Beer Kitchen announced that they would be closing their doors, thanks in large part to a decline in traffic due to construction in the up-and-coming dining district. Fortunately, the craft beer slingers have been granted a reprieve, one that came from just down the street.
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Dallas Beer Kitchen opened its doors just a few weeks ago down on Greenville. The blogging duo of Joe Scribner and Bryan Kaeser have settled back from their “Best Damn Things” blog to fulfill their lifelong dream of opening a comfort food, craft beer den, and they’ve outfitted the place with some serious brews. The place has a speakeasy swiftness with thin wooden stools, painted brick, and plenty of air between the seats. Behind the bar is mahogany, textured slate and a tattooed bartender with a warming smile. It’s sparsely decorated with old photographs and minimal accents. There’s food, too, (like movie theater popcorn and grilled chicken wings) but we skipped the solids and went straight for the liquids. Jesse approached our table after fitting the men along the bar with proper drinks, and we asked him to prepare two flights of his choices. He did not disappoint and offered us a rundown of each choice. Here we go.
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Dallas Beer Kitchen has flexed some inspiring beer muscles with its menu. You could spend weeks running through their bottle list and 30 drafts. The place is relaxed, spacious and plays great music. I didn’t try any of the food, but there is a pop tart on the menu, and I’m sad I don’t have one now. This places is a wonderful addition to Greenville offering a friendly atmosphere and craft brews for all tastes. Go and get lubricated.
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There are a few things to know about the burgers at Dallas Beer Kitchen before walking through the door. There are two. One burger has a nearly-raw jalapeño, sliced into a canoe and chopped into big pieces, that delivers a punch across the face like Indiana Jones with heat. That one’s also double-pattied and covered with fresh, in-your-face chorizo. Anyone who eats it will need a water trough, all the napkins and an antacid the size of a hockey puck.
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Abel Cisneros, general manager of Dallas Beer Kitchen and La Guadalupana Meat Market, tells me the price is a direct result of the construction affecting business. “I don’t think we make any money on that burger,” he says, chuckling over the phone.
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Like a phoenix, Dallas Beer Kitchen has quickly and dramatically risen out of the ashes. It closed forever on January 24, citing an inability to make money while construction tore up its stretch of Greenville Avenue. And, having closed forever, the bar reopened on Friday, January 29.
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Comments PlanoCraftBeer Did you engage in any palate cleansing between beers, or flights? By the time you had the Young’s you’d gone through three IPAs, a strong porter, and a spiced beer. It’s no wonder it tasted thin, you’re palate was probably a mess by then. It never stood a chance. Really, the whole second flight’s taste profile was likely compromised by the first. mateoshelley It wasn’t my first time drinking the Young’s, and while I enjoy it, it’s always been thin for me. I know it’s a very highly regarded beer, but I just prefer something thicker, like Rogue’s or Brooklyn’s chocolate stout. I will say though that I did not do a good enough job cleansing in between. I owe it another shot. dallasgal Thanks for the review, Matt. Will definitely have to check it out. Bryan. Matthew – Thanks for the kind words! We do our best to set ourselves apart from the crowd and we’re glad you noticed the work we’ve put in. We hope to see you back, as the menu is always changing. As for all of your readers, we’d love for you to spend an evening with us! Free Young’s for everyone! (No, not really…) – Bryan. PlanoCraftBeer Nothing wrong with that. We all have different tastes. I agree that compared to American-style stouts it has less body. That’s something you can say for most any continental style compared to those originating here at home. It’s possible the thinner nature just got amplified, especially after the much bigger Victory at Sea. I had a similar thing happen a few weeks back when I had Saint Arnold BB3 right after Lakewood Temptress. BB3 tasted weak and hollow. I owe that one another shot. ShelleyBellyFan Thanks for the review. Can’t wait to try this place! Matt Shelley, you are amazing!
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PlanoCraftBeer Did you engage in any palate cleansing between beers, or flights? By the time you had the Young’s you’d gone through three IPAs, a strong porter, and a spiced beer. It’s no wonder it tasted thin, you’re palate was probably a mess by then. It never stood a chance. Really, the whole second flight’s taste profile was likely compromised by the first. mateoshelley It wasn’t my first time drinking the Young’s, and while I enjoy it, it’s always been thin for me. I know it’s a very highly regarded beer, but I just prefer something thicker, like Rogue’s or Brooklyn’s chocolate stout. I will say though that I did not do a good enough job cleansing in between. I owe it another shot. dallasgal Thanks for the review, Matt. Will definitely have to check it out. Bryan. Matthew – Thanks for the kind words! We do our best to set ourselves apart from the crowd and we’re glad you noticed the work we’ve put in. We hope to see you back, as the menu is always changing. As for all of your readers, we’d love for you to spend an evening with us! Free Young’s for everyone! (No, not really…) – Bryan. PlanoCraftBeer Nothing wrong with that. We all have different tastes. I agree that compared to American-style stouts it has less body. That’s something you can say for most any continental style compared to those originating here at home. It’s possible the thinner nature just got amplified, especially after the much bigger Victory at Sea. I had a similar thing happen a few weeks back when I had Saint Arnold BB3 right after Lakewood Temptress. BB3 tasted weak and hollow. I owe that one another shot. ShelleyBellyFan Thanks for the review. Can’t wait to try this place! Matt Shelley, you are amazing!

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