More interesting venue news to pass along this week: The Granada Theater this afternoon has announced that it will be taking over the adjacent-to-the-theater 3520 Greenville Avenue address, most recently the home of M Street Bar, to launch a new neighborhood beer garden and restaurant and bar called "Sunset at Granada."
Renovations to the current infrastructure of the building's bar and two-story patio are scheduled to begin immediately. The Granada hopes to have Sunset open and operating by the end of the calendar year.
The restaurant portion will be helmed by head Granada chef, Patrick Stark, and will feature American and vegan cuisine and -- as one would expect from the free-spirited Granada team -- will utilize local and organic products as often as possible. Also expected and revealed in the press release: The press release announces that the space will be used for pre- and post-parties for shows at the Granada next door.
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The name Sundown itself is a reference to Granada owner Mike Schoder's familial roots in the Manitoba, Canada, town of Sundown. Explains the press release:
"It was the place in the early 70's where Schoder first learned to chop wood, work in a garden and drive a car all before he was 10 years old. Water for cooking was drawn from an outside well and the bathroom facility was an outhouse. Sundown was a meeting place for the large family on the weekends; where dining together, laughing and enjoying conversation was the mainstay. Drawing from these memories and based on the love of great food and drink along with spending time with good people, the spirit of Sundown is coming to life here in Dallas."
Check out the full release announcing the new addition to the Granada family after the jump.
What: Sundown at Granada
Date: October 20, 2011
Location: 3520 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206
Sundown at Granada will be a neighborhood beer garden and restaurant and the next business to make its home on Greenville Avenue. It is the brainchild of Mike Schoder, Owner & Operator of the historic Granada Theater. Sundown will be strategically located next door to the live music venue in the space formerly occupied by both The M Street Bar and Mike's Treehouse located at 3520 Greenville Avenue.
The renovation of the bar and double decker patio will begin immediately with a target opening date of late 2011. A chef-driven casual menu will be overseen by Granada Theater C.I.A. (Culinary Institute of America) trained Head Chef, Patrick Stark. The menu will feature American food with vegetarian options. Whenever possible, local and organic ingredients will be used in the dishes. It will serve an array of the finest beers and specialty cocktails, along with hand-crafted juices and teas that can be enjoyed alone or with spirits. Sundown at Granada will be a great place to meet up with friends, enjoy a delicious meal or unwind at happy hour. The beer garden and restaurant will make for great pre-parties and after-parties for the shows being held at the Granada Theater.
With a background in music, resort and hotel business, Mike has built the Granada Theater philosophy on catering to its customers. You can expect the same kind of great customer service as you would at the Granada Theater. Schoder says, "Our double decker patio will be a comfortable and friendly destination on Lower Greenville Avenue. Sundown at Granada will bring big fun and great food to our neighborhood."
The venture is a testament to the growth in local Dallas business and the revitalization of Greenville Avenue. Founding two independent businesses (CD World and Granada Theater), Schoder has 20 years of experience on Greenville Avenue. "We're thankful that so many wonderful residents have supported our independent music adventures, now allowing the beer garden and restaurant to become a reality."
About 20 miles north of the Canadian border is the small town of Sundown, Manitoba (population under 100) where Schoder's Mother Sharon and Grandmother Mary were raised. It was the place in the early 70's where Schoder first learned to chop wood, work in a garden and drive a car all before he was 10 years old. Water for cooking was drawn from an outside well and the bathroom facility was an outhouse. Sundown was a meeting place for the large family on the weekends; where dining together, laughing and enjoying conversation was the mainstay. Drawing from these memories and based on the love of great food and drink along with spending time with good people, the spirit of Sundown is coming to life here in Dallas.
Meet me at Sundown!