We've been waiting for this day, when we could finally say that Here is almost here. The East Dallas lounge and restaurant from Julie Doyle, singer and manager of Polyphonic Spree, and Tony Barsotti, artist, musician, and furniture designer, has an opening date penciled in of October 1.
Opening in the former Cycling Center space at 9028 Garland Rd., Here is nestled in a strip of businesses that include Margie's Wig Salon and the Kitchen Recording Studio; that's all part of its charm.
It will serve creative cocktails and a Southern refined menu in a West Texas-meets-Palm Springs retro atmosphere.
Doyle, co-founder and manager of the Polyphonic Spree and co-owner of Good Records, wanted a stylish, relaxed place in the under-serviced area surrounding the Arboretum just East of White Rock Lake.
"Our idea was to create an evening space where adults can gather for some refreshing cocktails, good food, and an easy-listening soundtrack that is conducive to relaxation and conversation,” Doyle said. "We wanted the vibe to be almost as if we’re inviting them into our own living room."
Doyle designed the space with Barsotti, an artist and woodworker who was once the drummer for Hagfish. The room features a mammoth wall, designed by Barsotti and inspired by the lounges that existed on airplanes back in the 1970s. A photo mural by Rainer Judd, daughter of artist Donald Judd, adds a touch of Marfa to the space.
The pair also commissioned custom button-tufted booths to fit both the room’s dimensions and vibe. Carpeted floors complete the plush feel, and help keep noise down to an easy, conversational level.
The menu will be executed by Micah Killough (Common Table, HG Supply Co.) and features Southern-inspired sharable small plates like deviled eggs, pimento cheese, and fried chicken confit. Entrées include shrimp and grits and chicken-fried Akaushi rib-eye. Cocktails are designed by Omar Yeefoon.
Serving as general manager will be Julie Moore, who worked most recently at Times Ten Cellar but logged many years with pub impresario Peter Kenny.
The lounge will also feature live music, but executed in a casual, organic fashion, without a stage. They'll be open Tuesdays through Sundays and will serve a Sunday morning brunch.