Bar Goes Belly Up
One Restaurants America concept down: Mockingbird Taproom, the beery pub at Mockingbird Station, closed last week. The restaurant was locked out by the landlord on May 23, confirmed a source involved with the landlord, who asked not to be named.
The Taproom opened a mere six months ago, in December 2012, with the same kind of boozy, bloozy party that has become a Restaurants America trademark. A high-end sports bar with 20 flat screens, the Taproom had the same "pseudo-industrial touches" with steel chairs and exposed brick walls as its siblings Primebar and Park Tavern. Jonathan Rienstra deemed it "a little sterile, but not uninviting."
Former manager Aaron McCurry, who has since gone on to Restaurants America concept Boca Chica, said on his Facebook page that "it was fun while it lasted."
The bar's Facebook page is MIA; its Twitter feed choked out a sad ending on May 22, with its final tweets touting its signature wings, marked down to "50 cents all day!"
One presumes that whatever sports-bar needs Mockingbird Station has will now be fulfilled by Twin Peaks, which will open a branch there later this year.
As for that space, is it too soon to call it doomed? Vapiano, the casual upscale restaurant that was there previously, hung on bravely for three years before closing in April '12. The countdown is on.