Ships Lounge has been sorely missed. Lower Greenville’s best dive bar shuttered nearly five months ago, when longtime owner Charlie Hunt decided to it was time to retire. Fortunately for lovers of Pearl Light (in the can) and cheap mixer set-ups for bring-your-own-booze, a successful Dallas restaurateur has announced plans to reinvigorate Ships’ Lounge.
As The Dallas Morning News' Robert Wilonsky reported yesterday, Jason Boso is slowly making progress on reopening Ships Lounge. The 62-year-old bar is currently under major construction, including an entirely reworked exterior. According to Boso, though, the interior and vibe of Ships’ will stay firmly intact. "Everything stays, even the old pictures," Boso told Wilonsky. "The jukebox stays. A TV or two has been taken, but that’s about it. It’s exactly the same. The only difference will be we’ll take credit cards."
If anyone could save a Dallas institution like Ships, it would be Jason Boso. Boso either got really lucky or predicted the resurgence of Deep Ellum when he opened the first location of Twisted Root Burger Co. in the neighborhood just over ten years ago. Since, Twisted Root has expanded to 15 restaurants across Texas and Louisiana. The same is true for Truck Yard, which opened just before Lower Greenville became one of Dallas’ most popular dining destinations.
As such, Boso knows that it’s important to keep up with the times. The exterior may be the only thing getting a physical facelift, but Boso also has plans in the works to improve Ships’ beverage program. Master sommelier James Tidwell will curate an "esoteric" and "dorky" wine list, and local brews will likely be added to the beer line-up.
There is currently no timeline for the opening of Ships Lounge, and there are still a few logistical hurdles to jump. As Wilonsky notes, the City Plan Commission must renew the specific use permit that would allow Ships to stay open until 2 a.m. That vote takes place at 1:30 p.m. today, and we’ll keep you posted on the outcome.