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Flying Saucer Addison Calls It Quits After 25 Years

The restaurant, known for its massive selection of taps, was one of the first craft beer destinations in North Texas

A dining hall with wooden floors, plants hanging from the ceiling, and golden plates on the walls
The plate-lined walls of Flying Saucer Addison
Flying Saucer Addison/Facebook

Addison’s Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, one the Metroplex’s first craft beer bars, will close for good on December 31 after 25 years in business.

The beer hall, known for hosting more than 100 rotating taps of craft brews, posted the news on its Facebook account on December 21.

“It is with a heavy heart that we will be permanently closing our doors at the Addison Saucer after last call on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31st. Twenty-five years passed by in a flash but the time has come for us to fly. This one stings, but we are choosing to celebrate what we’ve achieved,” the post read.

Flying Saucer founder Shannon Wynne told the Dallas Morning News that the lease on the location is up, and he is opting not to renew. He said he had long hoped to build a patio outside the restaurant, one of Flying Saucer’s few stand-alone locations, but that City of Addison regulations regarding parking made that project untenable.

The bar, which was first founded in Fort Worth by Wynne in 1994, is known for its UFO Club, in which beer lovers can earn personalized “saucers” for drinking many of the bar’s hundreds of craft beers. Those trophies, in the form of golden platters, hang on the walls of Flying Saucers throughout the US, including locations in Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee and throughout Texas.

The Addison location was the second to open after the Fort Worth original. That original location, as well as the Saucers at Lake Ray Hubbard and Cypress Waters, will remain open. Saucer-owners with plates at the Addison location will have until January 15 to pick up their trophies.

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