A cozy Dallas bar known for good cocktails and live music is about to double its size. Alexandre's, which has been a staple of the Oak Lawn community for 17 years, has scooped up the space next-door at 4024 Cedar Springs Rd., a move that will expand its footprint and create an opportunity to serve food.
Owner Lee Daugherty says this fulfills a longtime goal of expanding, and the property owner recently gave his thumbs up.
"He was trying to lease it out, there was a hot chicken place that tried to come in, and finally [the owner] said, 'I want you to have this space,'" Daugherty says.
Daugherty opened Alexandre's in 2004, and has created an intimate and well-liked neighborhood bar with live music and a welcoming staff. The bar's only problem was that, at 1,200 feet, it was often not big enough to accommodate the diverse crowd it drew.
Obtaining the former doughnut shop will double his space and comes with key kitchen features including a grease trap and vent-hood. Daugherty intends to knock down some walls and open it up, and he's most excited about the opportunity to add patio space.
"We're cleaning it out, and all I can say is that, if you ate at that doughnut shop, you're probably immune for COVID-19," he says. "They were sweet people who worked hard, but it didn't get the foot traffic it needed."
He hasn't even started thinking through the menu, but expects to be open for lunch and dinner, although not late-night food.
"We'll do a restaurant-style burger, we want to do decent food, and some people have suggested tapas and finger food - something to nibble on," he says.
At least half of the benefit of the kitchen is the positive effect it will have on his cocktails.
"Everyone needs to eat — but having a kitchen will allow us to expand our craft cocktail program, do more house-made syrups, incorporate more fresh ingredients," he says. "We're still a bar and a live music venue, and we want to stay with that, because that is what Alexandre's is."
Lindsey Wilson contributed to this story.