Austin's colonization of Dallas continues with the arrival of yet another concept, Haymaker, a popular pub with poutine, sandwiches, and beer. The Dallas branch will open at 1520 Greenville Ave., the lowest of Lower Greenville, in the space that was once a Flying Saucer.
Haymaker's philosophy professes admiration for the neighborhood bars of the Midwest and Northeast. "They're there to serve the neighborhood — any and all," reads its website. It has a big sibling in Austin called Black Sheep Lodge that shares Haymaker's fondness for craft beer and good times.
That Haymaker would be taking over that long-empty space has been in the cards for more than a year. Two staffers confirmed the Dallas opening was finally happening, with an estimated date of February 2016. "They had some issues with the permitting process, but it's being resolved," said one.
While slightly more bar than restaurant, Haymaker has a long menu of wings, appetizers, and sandwiches, listed under categories such as "Big and Burly." Its special focus is poutine, with not one but two versions: traditional with brown gravy and Southern style with white gravy.
It also offers cocktails and many, many craft beers. Although the menu is broad, it's as much about hanging out as eating, with TVs, shuffleboard, darts, pool, and a patio experience.
Haymaker's arrival follows other Austin favorites such as Uchi, Torchy's, TacoDeli, Hopdoddy, and Houndstooth Coffee. Dallas loves Austin.