New bar in Dallas' Maple District carries a torch for Love Field
A new bar coming to Maple Avenue will open with a serious crush on Southwest Airlines and Dallas Love Field. Called Maple Landing, it's going in next-door to Social Pies, the pizzeria that is also its sibling.
Owners are Jonathan Calabrese and Tony Winkler, who also own bars such as State & Allen and Nodding Donkey. Calabrese says Maple Landing will open in the next few weeks.
In 2016, they took over the space at 5855 Maple Ave. which used to be the Feed Store, as a location for their catering operation. They subsequently opened Social Pie, a pizzeria that operates in an eco-friendly manner, in the space.
"Maple Landing will be right next to Social Pie and will share the rest room," he says. "We'd love for this to become a mini incubator with businesses like a yoga studio and a coffee shop. We have the space in that building to grow."
You're not allowed to identify your new bar a "dive bar," but that is basically what they have in mind.
"For it to be a dive bar, you have to earn that," Calabrese says. "Our tagline for the place is 'bourbon, beer, brisket, and burgers.' We want to keep it simple, with local beer, a lot of burgers, with our own smoker to do barbecue."
In 2017, Calabrese and Winkler took over the Little Woodrow's space where they opened a bar called Ross & Hall, but they are no longer involved with the project; it's now being run by Jason Caswell, who owns LG Taps.
Maple Landing is their new thing.
"It's called Maple Landing because it's an homage to Southwest Airlines and Love Field," Calabrese says. "Herb Kelleher was this larger-than-life figure who was known to everyone in Dallas and beloved. We're putting up a mural of him on the side of the building, and inside, we have beautiful vintage photos of the airport."
"Love Field is such a key part of Dallas, it's a gem," he says.