Openings and Closings

After Buyout this Summer, White Rock Abbey Gets a New Name, Kitchen and Chef

Just about a year ago the White Rock Abbey opened in East Dallas at the intersection of Garland and Peavy roads. Business was hit and miss at the neighborhood spot, with mixed reviews on both the service and food. This summer James Orr bought the bar and brought along a wrecking ball to change things up.

Orr, who also runs J. Murphy's Club on Oates Drive, replaced the sign over the awning just recently. It now reads The Local Pour. Along with the signage, Orr ripped out the old ovens (microwaves) and installed a new kitchen to be managed by a Le Cordon Bleu chef, Brent Ercanbrack (previously of Grand Lux Cafe and Urban Vines), who's serving plates of upscale bar food -- burgers, nachos and sandwiches.

Orr says it's a pretty simple formula of "good service in a causal and clean environment." Add beer, chef-driven fare and a good location and, no, it's not really rocket surgery.

The 40 taps pour more than a dozen local craft beers ($5-$6 per glass), as well as other Texas breweries (Adelbert's, 512, Southern Star, Ranger Creek, Pedernales) and a few big names if you're just painfully loyal to Coors Light. The Local Pour also now offers beer-tasting flights and occasionally features special selections from craft breweries.

The Local Pour serves lunch and dinner 11 a.m. through 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

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Lauren Drewes Daniels is the Dallas Observer's food editor. She started writing about local restaurants, chefs, beer and kouign-amanns in 2011. She's driven through two dirt devils and is certain they were both some type of cosmic force.