McKinney Avenue drinking destination Uptown Bar & Grill, which closed for renovations at the end of January, will relaunch this spring as Nickel and Rye, a "hashery" featuring fine "libations" — which sounds like fancy code words for a gastropub.
Rumors have flown about the fate of Uptown Bar & Grill for many months now; restaurateur Ed Bailey of the now-defunct Bailey's steakhouse empire purchased it sometime last year, and reportedly planned to turn it into a sandwich-centric concept called The Hemingway. Then at the end of January, CraveDFW reported that the bar had been sold to Kirby's, causing some to speculate that it would turn into an additional outpost of the steakhouse chain.
According to the Nickel and Rye Facebook page, the bar will reopen this spring with "a new menu", "kick ass cocktails", and a "great Scotch list"; Uptown Bar & Grill estimates renovations will take two to three months.
[Image credit: Nickel and Rye/Facebook]