Excellent news for the Dallas Farmers Market: It's getting a new restaurant venture called Green Door Public House, brought to you by Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop owners Bryan and Kathy Crelly.
Rather than build from the ground up, the Crellys are making use of a historic building that was already there — well, sort of. They're moving the historic two-story Liberty Bank building from its original location at Elm and Cesar Chavez Streets to a spot right behind Ruibal's, the lush nursery that greets farmers market visitors on Harwood Street, to create what a press release describes as "the only free-standing restaurant in the Farmer's Market ... highlighted by a 1,200 sq. ft. patio with unobstructed views of downtown."
The release further promises a "come-as-you-are environment" and a menu that will include grass-fed burgers, steaks, seafood, and blackboard specials incorporating ingredients from the farmers market (naturally), plus local beer and craft cocktails.
It's a very bright spot of news for the Market, which is of course losing its star tenant Pecan Lodge to Deep Ellum sometime this year. For more details, scope out the full release below:
THE GREEN DOOR PUBLIC HOUSE WILL BE FIRST TO OPEN AS PART OF FARMER'S MARKET REVITALIZATION
After moving the historic Liberty Bank building from its former location at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Elm Streets to 600 S. Harwood, directly behind Ruibals nursery, the husband and wife team behind Uncle Uber's in Deep Ellum will open Green Door Public House. It will be the only free-standing restaurant in the Farmer's Market, conveniently located a few short blocks from the heart of downtown and Deep Ellum, and highlighted by a 1,200 sq. ft. patio with unobstructed views of downtown.
The Green Door Public House will occupy the first floor of the two-story brick building built in the late 1800's. Its history includes four saloons during the early 1900's and was remodeled and occupied by Liberty Bank in the 1920's when prohibition began.
During prohibition, speakeasy owners would paint their doors green to alert customers that they had the "goods." Guests will feel immediately welcomed by the intimate décor and come-as-you-are environment. This new refuge for food and spirits will not only appeal to our urban neighbors but also to those visiting the Farmer's Market.
The menu will range from a ½ lb. grass-fed burger to fresh-cut steaks to seafood and will feature rotating blackboard specials with ingredients sourced directly from our neighbors at the Market. Serving local beers and creating hand-crafted cocktails inspired by a time when bartending was not just a profession but an art form. It will be a place to step out of modern life for an afternoon or evening and unwind with great conversation and friends. The Green Door Public House will embrace that nostalgia and charm, fortunately without all the annoyance of periodic police raids.
Bryan and Kathy Crelly and longtime business partner Ken Rothman's restaurant resumes include the following original concepts: Uncle Uber's-Deep Ellum 2011, Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill-Chicago 2004, Fat Ted's-Deep Ellum 1997, and the original Uptown Bar & Grill on Fairmount Street in 1995. The Green Door will swing open in early summer 2014-follow our progress on Facebook!
· Green Door Public House [Facebook]
The Liberty Bank building will become Green Door Public House. [Photo: Green Door Public House/Facebook]