Willie D’s, a South Texas Icehouse, Lands on Henderson Ave.

“Willie D’s (my father’s name) is a tribute to his love for the classic South Texas icehouse. It was where cold beer, good food, country music and dominoes were a nightly occurrence. The icehouse was where everyone came together and talked about their day, local sports and where business deals were solidified over a cold beer,” Stapleton said. “He knew every person who came through the door; it was a spot where you could kick your feet up and relax after a long day. This is the heart and soul of Willie D’s.”

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Willie D’s is taking over the former Uno Mas space on Henderson.

Courtesy of Willie D’s, photography by Kathy Tran

“One thing I learned working in the industry almost my entire life is the ultimate necessity is consistency,” Miller says. “So I designed the menu to be just that. It is simple, consistent, approachable with an elevated flair and one where you can find your go-to dishes but also explore new takes on classics.”

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Honey, I’m Oysters is on the menu at Willie D’s.

Courtesy of Willie D’s, photography by Kathy Tran

Of course, it can’t be a bar without the drinks. The beverage selection consists of Texas-inspired cocktails, cold beer and wine. Cocktails include a spicy habanero margarita, a rosemary bourbon cocktail and a CBD Mule.

Willie D’s will be open for cocktails, dinner and weekend lunch starting Sept. 9.

Willie D’s, 2929 N. Henderson Ave., 3 p.m. – 12 a.m. Wednesday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday.

A new elevated concept paying tribute to a dad and his South Texas roots is taking over the former Uno Mas space in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood. Willie D’s is a restaurant and bar co-owned by Gary Stapleton and chef Brad Miller, two native South Texans. This spot will honor a particular person in Stapleton’s life.“Willie D’s (my father’s name) is a tribute to his love for the classic South Texas icehouse. It was where cold beer, good food, country music and dominoes were a nightly occurrence. The icehouse was where everyone came together and talked about their day, local sports and where business deals were solidified over a cold beer,” Stapleton said. “He knew every person who came through the door; it was a spot where you could kick your feet up and relax after a long day. This is the heart and soul of Willie D’s.”Miller, who has been working as a chef in Dallas for more than 15 years, has compiled a menu of elevated old-school favorites like house-ground burgers, tacos and loaded cheese fries.“One thing I learned working in the industry almost my entire life is the ultimate necessity is consistency,” Miller says. “So I designed the menu to be just that. It is simple, consistent, approachable with an elevated flair and one where you can find your go-to dishes but also explore new takes on classics.”The menu will include unique items such as the Spicy Back Home BBQ Burger, various combinations of “Slutty Fries” and the Willie Dog, a Chicago-style dish served with two Wagyu hot dogs. Oysters, included to bring a taste of the Gulf Coast to the menu, will come in varieties like crab stuffed and black and blue.Of course, it can’t be a bar without the drinks. The beverage selection consists of Texas-inspired cocktails, cold beer and wine. Cocktails include a spicy habanero margarita, a rosemary bourbon cocktail and a CBD Mule.Willie D’s will be open for cocktails, dinner and weekend lunch starting Sept. 9.