A new venue called Six Springs Tavern will bring the country to the bustling burg of Richardson. The bar is going into the former WW Fairfields space at 147 N. Plano Rd., at the corner of Belt Line Road, with an opening targeted for early September.
Brad Springs, who owns Six Springs with his wife, Keri, previously owned a bar in Wimberley, Texas; that's where they met. "This was 15 years ago, but it was very successful, and I made a lot of friends, which I hope will help with this," he says.
You can see the evidence in the acts they've booked for their grand opening weekend in October, including The Subdudes and Reverend Horton Heat. Springs says he wants to meet the specific needs of the neighborhood.
"Bands in Deep Ellum, that's not my age group," he says. "I'm thinking of people who are 35 to 55 years old, who'd like to see good music and not have to deal with drunken college kids. And the acts we're bringing in reflect that."
On weekends, they'll feature touring acts with a cover charge. But the rest of the week will be no cover with local acts, open mike nights, blues jams, and the like. There'll also be food, including a jazz brunch on Sundays.
"We're doing your basic burgers, wings, and tacos, but a little more upscale and gastropubby," Springs says. "We worked with a chef who designed our menu. His full-time job is as a caterer for movies, but he helped us create a gastropub-style menu with affordable small plates, like fried Brussels sprouts, and a few dishes you don't see anywhere else."
Before finding this space, they looked at neighborhoods such as Greenville Avenue and Deep Ellum. "We lived in Richardson and had been to WW Fairfields, which had a great following," he says. "The owner closed because he got caught up in a lawsuit for overserving someone and had to declare bankruptcy."
The only other live-music options in the area are Love and War in Texas, up US-75, and a couple of small places like The Line on Belt Line Road.
"A lot of the appeal of this location was the size," Springs says. "It accommodates 450 to 500 people, which is perfect. Dallas has huge venues and then tiny clubs, but not a whole lot in our size, especially in North Dallas."