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Very casual burger bar opens in historic downtown Dallas building

Very casual burger bar opens in historic downtown Dallas building

Butler Brothers Bar
There are plans to expand the liquor program. Photo courtesy of Butler Bros

The renovation of the Butler Brothers building in downtown Dallas — the venerable tan structure at 500 S. Ervay St., across from Dallas City Hall — seems to be complete. The apartments are for rent and the dual-branded Marriott hotel opened in June.

So has the Butler Brothers Bar, a bar-restaurant on the ground floor serving burgers, fries, and cocktails to downtown diners as well as guests at the hotel.

The nine-story structure was built in 1910 as a warehouse for Chicago-based retailers George and Edward Butler, and was renovated by Turkish developer Mike Sarimsakci.

The lofts are classic units with 10-foot ceilings and lots of cement and brick interiors. Floors inside the units are hardwood and the kitchens have granite countertops.

The restaurant-bar feels like a work in progress. Ownership of the bar seems to be a mystery. A spokesman from the building says the owner is someone named Melissa Silva, but a Facebook post says the bar belongs to a Tony Boyd.

The building was originally slated to get a concept called Motopia, a unique, Euro-style business that would combine motorcycles with a coffee house and lounge. But that was the plan in 2016, and plans change.

Butler Brothers Bar is a more basic place with burgers, loaded fries, and dishes that can appeal to hotel guests, diners off the street, and kids, says manager Nathan McAnally. They're open daily from 10:30 am to 11 pm.

"We need to be here for people who stay in the hotel," McAnally says.

The menu includes salads such as Asian chicken and Caesar. Sandwiches include chicken breast, tuna salad, and a club sandwich. Their burger choices include a "country" burger with brown gravy and a fried egg.

They're also working on expanding their liquor license to emphasize the bar part of their service.

McAnally says they're going for a "chill, urban theme," combining modern and rustic decor, with furniture fabricated from metal and wood. They also celebrate Dallas history via photos of John F. Kennedy and vintage shots of downtown Dallas.

The space comes with a fantastic outdoor courtyard, and eventually, they plan to deliver to patrons of the building's pool. Emphasis on eventually.