The owner of Eno’s Pizza Tavern is reopening West Dallas backyard bar The Foundry, after it closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
The reinvented Foundry opens Oct. 7, 2021.
Its new owner, Shane Spillers, is an Oak Cliff resident who owns six bar/restaurants: three Eno’s and three Brewed coffee and cocktail bars — both of which have locations near The Foundry, in the Bishop Arts District.
Spillers expects The Foundry to be similar to the laidback, bring-your-dog, live music den it always was when under different ownership. It’ll still have fried chicken, previously made by chef Tim Byres for a restaurant-within-the-venue called Chicken Scratch. In Spillers’ iteration, this place won’t have two names anymore:
“I think that’s been a source of confusion: What is this place actually called?” he says.
Final answer: Call it The Foundry.
“It’ll make more sense over time,” he hints.
The footprint of the restaurant, bar and backyard could become larger as the project develops. Maybe like a Katy Trail Ice House vibe, south of town? More to come on that.
The kitchen is using all new recipes, but many will be inspired by the food from Chicken Scratch. Expect rotisserie chicken, chicken and waffles, fried chicken and the like, Spillers says. The bar will have a new 35-tap system with 30 beers and five wines.
“It needed a little bit of love, but we’ve got a great team of people. And we’ve got a great community that, frankly, needs that space,” Spillers says.
The Foundry is at 2302 Pittman St., Dallas. It opens Oct. 7, 2021.
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