The Pozo Mercado space on McKinney Avenue, which closed in December, has a new tenant: Three Sheets Uptown. It's a spin-off of Three Sheets, the game-happy beer bar on Ross Avenue, and it's set to open in late January.
The Uptown branch will offer the same pizza and burgers and stiff drinks served at the Ross Avenue original. The space will have 15 TVs and a 90-inch LED TV on the patio. There also will be a draft beer wall focused on seasonal and local beer.
The Uptown location won't be identical to the original on Ross. "It'll be a little funkier," says manager Eddie Black.
Three Sheets manager Eddie Black says that he goes way back with the owners of Pozo Mercado.
"[Three Sheets owner] Patrick Tetrick and I have known Brandon Hays and his partner, James Hamous, since they were bartenders back in the '90s. We've been friends for years," Black says. "When they said they had a space available, we brainstormed to see if Three Sheets would work in Uptown. The foot traffic there is incredible."
The Uptown location won't be identical, Black says. "It's a smaller space, so we won't have a lot of the gaming we do on Ross, like the outdoor pool tables and old-school arcade games," he says. "It'll be a little funkier. The décor is eclectic. We've been working for weeks, painting and adding new furniture. And we're installing a draft house."
Black, a former DJ who used to have a regular slot on KDGE-FM, and Tetrick go back to the days when Tetrick had the club Lotus – which is now Standard Pour, owned by Hays and Hamous.
"It's all a community," Black says. "We all know each other."