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Savvy White Rock clan to open friendly new bar in Lake Highlands Center

Savvy White Rock clan opens friendly new bar in Lake Highlands Center

Bar None
Rendering shows a pretty interior. Rendering courtesy of Bar None

East Dallas gets a cool new bar, from a family with lots of food & beverage experience: Called BarNone, it will open in White Rock Center, the super-hot shopping center at the intersection of Buckner Boulevard and Northcliff Drive in East Dallas.

The address is 718 N. Buckner Blvd., #100, and according to a release, the opening is tentatively scheduled for spring 2020.

BarNone is from husband-and-wife Todd Dickerson and Jennifer Rohde Dickerson, who are heading up the project along with Jennifer's parents, Jack and Karen Rohde.

They envision BarNone as a bar first with friendly service, signature drinks, beer, wine, and sports to watch.

But there will be food: all-American fare, including a burger made with meat ground in-house, plus other sandwiches and family favorites that include clams Casino, wings, Todd’s Sunday gravy, and Manhattan clam chowder.

Local diners may recognize Todd as a career restaurateur with 31 years food and beverage experience, including his role as managing partner of Angry Dog for 20 years. He is also the former co-founder, president, and CEO of Dallas Grilled Cheese Company.

Jennifer brings industry savvy via her family's business, Bud's Salads, which has supplied produce to distributors, produce companies, and food manufacturers for 45 years.

Todd has lived in the area near White Rock Center since 1994, way before it got cool.

"Jennifer and I are very excited to bring BarNone to East Dallas, an amazing community where our children attend school and we call home," he says in a statement. "White Rock Center is an ideal location in the heart of a family friendly neighborhood with close proximity to the lake."

The release says that Todd has been cooking since he was a teenager, honing his skills at Penn State where he first created his signature dishes for his fraternity brothers, a discriminating set of diners if there ever were one. He also collects recipes, and has amassed a collection from his favorite restaurants, as well as dishes not found in Dallas.

Decor-wise, BarNone will be designed by fellow White Rock Center tenant Malone Maxwell Borson Architects. Keeping it local. They're going for warm, welcoming, visually exciting, and fun, with an open space and 40-foot bar.