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Absinthe Lounge Aims to Fill Late-Night Dining Void in The Cedars

The bar at Southside on Lamar has launched a Kickstarter to build and finish out a kitchen.

Absinthe Lounge will soon have food to go along with the booze.
Absinthe Lounge will soon have food to go along with the booze.
Absinthe Lounge

The Cedars bar Absinthe Lounge hopes to soon have food to go along with its booze: Owner Kevin Christensen is joining forces with an El Centro College culinary program grad, Sarah Noelle Hendrix, to potentially add a "late-night grill" component.

A Kickstarter launched yesterday is working toward a $25,000 goal, which they say is to build a kitchen and outfit it with essential equipment like ovens, a grill, and a walk-in refrigerator. As for the food, Hendrix says she envisions a "farm-to-table" menu that changes with the seasons and includes "hand-made breads, pastas, and sauces." She also plans to add a rooftop garden to help supply the kitchen.

The Cedars area, already home to major entertainment venue Southside Ballroom and plenty of residential lofts, is certainly growing — Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse will open a two-story outpost boasting a patio with skyline views in the neighborhood come mid-2015, and former Windmill Lounge partner Charlie Papaceno is also planning a new bar there. As the Kickstarter points out, "there are only a few medium-priced restaurants nearby, including Cedars Social and Full Circle [Tavern], whose kitchens close at 10pm." With 44 days to go on the Kickstarter and only 1 percent of the goal funded, hopefully they can convince their neighbors that The Cedars has a late-night food void that needs filling.

Absinthe Lounge

1409 S Lamar St, Apt 8, Dallas, TX 75215 (214) 941-9338 Visit Website

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