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An Irish Pub Will Take Over Proof and Pantry’s Former Arts District Home

Look for The Playwright Irish Pub to open in October

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A new Irish-themed beer-hall called The Playwright Irish Pub is coming to the One Arts Plaza space formerly occupied by beleaguered Proof + Pantry, which moved out in May.

Ireland native Alan Kearney, who’s behind the Crafty Irishman pub on Main Street in Downtown, is opening the new joint in October, CultureMap reports. Playwright Pub will reportedly cater to the theatre crowd as much as the sports-loving crowd with live broadcasts of games along with live music on the bar’s two patios, 50 different types of affordably priced beer, and hundreds of whiskeys and scotches on offer, like at the Crafty Irishman.

As far as food is concerned, Kearney will serve a similar menu to his other pub with traditional Irish favorites on the menu including bangers and mash, Shepherd’s pie, and Scotch eggs. He has nearby Yolk to compete with for brunch diners, but Kearney’s joint will serve traditional Irish breakfasts during brunch on weekends.

Playwright has a difficult location to contend with, something that Proof + Pantry’s former head chef mentioned when Eater spoke with him before the restaurant closed this spring. After shows at nearby venues let out, business is booming, but restaurants in the area have to navigate the slow times in between shows, something that contributed to Proof + Pantry’s demise, along with its highly public fallout with the Dallas Morning News’ restaurant critic Leslie Brenner shortly after it opened.

Stay tuned for Playwright Pub’s official opening date and hours of operation.

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