It’s opening day for Lochland’s Food and Spirits in Lake Highlands, Irish pub owners Cheryl and Peter Kenny’s latest across-the-pond project.
The couple behind The Dubliner on Greenville Avenue — the longest-running Irish pub in Dallas — closed stalwart Henderson Avenue bar Capitol Pub at the end of 2019, promising to revive many of its essential brunch and dinner dishes at Lochland’s (8518 Plano Road).
The long-vacant standalone building used to operate as a veterinary clinic, and the couple performed a full gut and reconstruction to open as Lochland’s. The cozy 3,000-square-foot setup features custom carpentry and pub tables, along with a Fido-friendly patio.
Weekend brunch (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) call for smoked salmon potato cakes, hangover sandwich and eggs Norwegian, along with “Pick Me Up” cocktails and a couple of alcohol-free drink options. The menu is also filled out by classic pub favorites like steamed mussels, flatbreads, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, salads, burgers, and sandwiches.
Fans of Gin Mill, the couple’s former Henderson Avenue bar that closed in 2015, can also expect some favorites to make a reappearance at Lochland’s. Capitol Pub enjoyed a big brunch scene for its banana bread French toast or the staff-favorite chicken and biscuits over its 13-year run.
“However, we have always wanted to own and design our own property and with our Capitol Pub lease at a crossroads, we are excited to make the leap to East Dallas with Lochland’s,” says Peter, in a statement, last year.
Hours are Monday to Thursday, 3 p.m. to midnight; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to midnight.