Lemmon Avenue hangout Ivy Tavern has changes in the works, including a menu redesign and the hiring of a new chef. The bar-restaurant is also debuting a Sunday "dive brunch."
David Rodriguez has been hired as executive chef. Rodriguez was recently at 940's Kitchen and Cocktails in Denton; he previously worked at Oak Cliff's Urban Acres and Oddfellows.
Prior to his appointment, the tavern retained chef Patrick Stark, of mohawk and TV-cooking fame, to rework the menu. Stark, formerly the longtime chef at Sundown at the Granada, is a TV veteran with appearances on the Food Network and ABC, including as a contestant on Cutthroat Kitchen.
Stark's inventions include starters like Buffalo boudin balls, brisket bites, and a loaded cheese board, as well as burgers, gyros, and a pimento grilled cheese sandwich.
The new brunch is cast as a "Sunday rehab," with all-you-can-eat brunch favorites like chicken and waffles, bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, granola with yogurt and fresh fruit, and biscuits and gravy, along with rotating specials. Brunch is $15, with $6 craft cocktails and $3 mimosas. There'll be entertainment that includes a DJ and football playing inside.