Buzz has grown over the last few days regarding Bar 828, the "guerrilla" or "pop-up" bar at 828 West Davis Street in Oak Cliff, originally helmed by the Cedars Social's Michael Martensen and Baileys Prime Plus' Eddie "Lucky" Campbell. Running for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights over the next three weeks, Bar 828 features a coalition of local mixologists and food truckers taking over an old garage and donating a portion of proceeds to the Promise House, which helps runaway and at-risk teens.
But it looks like original founder Eddie Campbell is out, as the higher-ups at his new Bailey's gig thought it would "be better for him not to be involved," according to Oak Cliff man-about-town Rob Shearer, who's helping promote the event. Martensen, who has consulted for Bailey's and is part owner at the Cedars Social, is still on board at the project.
As for how the guys are managing to open a totally legal pop-up bar, Shearer confirms that the Cedars Social's catering license allows them to sell alcohol off-site. (Bar 828 is cash-only.) "That's what solved the TABC problem," he tells Eater Dallas. "They went over and over over it to make sure we're not going to have a TABC problem. Knock on wood." Shearer added that the landlord's "gifted [us] the building really generously" in hopes of attracting interest in the property.
Tonight's the big kick-off, and doors open at 6 p.m. Nammi Truck and Jack's Chow Hound will be on-site to serve food. Guest bartenders include mixers from Bolsa, Marquee and more.
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