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Never been much on change. Don't like it. We're sentimental types who attach to people and places. And yet, history has proven to us that change is good. Healthy. So it's with clenched jaw and hopeful sigh that we bring you the news of some major changes in the Dallas nightlife: First, the Green Elephant, a beloved SMU bar, will be closing its doors. For 15 years, the Elephant has been the closest thing the college had to its own personal hang--a casual, good-times place as reliable as a Jimmy Buffett tune, which gave a leg up to such SMU musical darlings as Jack Ingram and Jackopierce.
The closing of the Elephant, of course, prompts an obvious follow-up: What's taking its place? The answer's a bit of a surprise. It's none other than the Barley House, the Knox-Henderson haven for music- and beer-lovers alike.
"After being here 12 years, the neighborhood's changed so much," says Barley House owner Richard Winfield. The bar's current neighbors include the Old Monk, Cuba Libre, Tei Tei sushi restaurant and a slew of upscale furniture stores. Winfield didn't want to move, but skyrocketing rents in the area pushed his hand. "We finally came to a crossroads--we could change Barley House to fit into the neighborhood as it is now, or we could keep Barley House the same and move to a different neighborhood."
The bar will stay in place at least till the end of the year, with Slobberbone playing a New Year's Eve show there. More details in the coming weeks.