In what may finally be a successful venture in a troubled spot, a new Irish pub is about to open at One Arts Plaza.
Called The Playwright Irish Pub, it's going into the space most previously occupied by Proof + Pantry. It's from Alan Kearney, a native of Ireland who also runs The Crafty Irishman in downtown Dallas.
The new pub will offer hundreds of whiskeys and scotches, plus 50 beers on tap, including a healthy Irish selection.
For food, expect Irish dishes such as fish and chips, Scotch eggs, shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, and Guinness ice cream, all made on site.
According to a release, The Playwright will open on Wednesday November 14, which is a brave statement to make, since opening dates often get pushed back. Let's wish them luck.
They'll be open for lunch, dinner and late at night, every night. This seems promising for a space that has had a number of concepts open and close. Prior to P+P, it has seen a number of restaurants come and go starting way back when with Dali Wine Bar, as well as The Commissary, the excellent burger restaurant from chef John Tesar.
Kearney says that he's planning spirits tastings, game nights, and other amusements to be enjoyed in a casual environment.
"I've spent a lot of time and care making sure this is a traditional pub like one might find in my hometown of Dublin," Kearney says.
To that end, he has amassed a cache of historical items, collected over a lifetime, as well as artifacts from the Titanic are part of the authentic décor.
The Playwright is at 1722 Routh St., Suite 102, and will open at a highly civilized 10 am every day, and close at 2 am.