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"We just really needed more space," owner Stephanie Schumacher says. "Just for all the overflow. It gives us a place where people can hang out in an extra bar area if they only came for one of the bands." And, Schumacher adds, there could be even more room for bands, too, what with the expansion of the patio: "It gives us the option to do an outdoor stage," she says.
But the big surprise, really, is how easily it's all come to pass: Barlow says he hasn't put a single penny into Trees since its opening; Schumacher, meanwhile, proudly boasts that La Grange managed to post a profit in just its third month of existence, which is a near miracle for any new bar or music venue.
Credit good timing and a little bit of luck for both venues' successes.
"[Deep Ellum] just seemed ready to come back," Barlow says. "But I wouldn't have thought it would have happened this quickly."
And, really, these early successes are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Adds Barlow: "There's still a lot of people who don't even know that we reopened."
Or there's the opposite case: Just down the road at The Bone, there are just as many people who are oblivious to the fact that anything's even changed at all over the past year.
"We had a guy come in here the other day and he didn't even realize we'd been closed," says Amy Baker, general manager at The Bone, which, after closing last summer, was recently reopened by Elbow Room owner Ed Sigmond.
But, point is, he came. And, as Barlow, Schumacher and others believe, they'll continue to come. Which is why, Baker says, Sigmond reopened The Bone in the first place.
"Ed just thinks Deep Ellum is due to come back," Baker says. "I think it's overdue to come back. I think people just miss Deep Ellum."