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Black Swan Saloon, a Deep Ellum Cocktail Stalwart For 10 Years, Shutters Permanently

Owner and barman Gabe Sanchez announced the sad news in an Instagram post on Wednesday

Gabe Sanchez of Black Swan Saloon.
Gabe Sanchez of Black Swan Saloon
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Black Swan Saloon, the beloved Deep Ellum cocktail bar known for its perfectly mixed libations, is closed for good.

Owner Gabe Sanchez announced the awful news in an Instagram post on Wednesday, but did not cite a specific reason for the closure beyond the current COVID-19 circumstances. “After 10 years there is not an easy way to say good bye. I’ve drug my feet trying to figure out the best way to convey how deeply grateful I am to have you all become part of my life.We’ve shared a lot together,” Sanchez wrote. “High fives, hugs, laughs, cries, first dates, engagements, weddings, accomplishments, graduations, births of children, celebrating dear friends. Life. For all of these things and more I say thank you.”

In the post, Sanchez hints that the bar has been transferred to new owners, but didn’t elaborate on what the space might become in the future. “I’m going to hand it off to great neighborhood guys who I know will do an amazing job of sharing as well,” he said. Later, Central Track reported that Will Call owner J.R. Munoz and barman Raj Poole will take over the space, transforming it into a fittingly named new bar called Elm Street Saloon.

Opened in 2010, Black Swan Saloon developed a devoted crowd of discerning drinkers thanks to its intricately infused spirits, Sanchez’s top-notch mixing skills, and a friendly vibe that made even non-regulars feel welcome. The bar was a stalwart of Eater’s guide to the city’s best cocktail bars, and a precursor to the craft cocktail scene that is now so strong in Deep Ellum and beyond.

Stay tuned for more details as to what Black Swan’s space at 2708 Elm will be come, and pour one out for this Dallas drinking icon.