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Deep Ellum Hostel reboots in-house restaurant with nod to NOLA

Deep Ellum Hostel reboots in-house restaurant with nod to NOLA

Hey, whaddya say we pop by Booty's? Photo courtesy of Booty's

The restaurant at the Deep Ellum Hostel formerly known as Izkina has become a more casual concept called Booty's, which will serve cocktails and international street food.

According to a release, this Booty's was once a gastropub in New Orleans, until it closed in 2016. The release states that "it has found new life in Dallas," where it will feature an eclectic menu of global street eats.

Kent Roth, co-founder of the Deep Ellum Hostel and owner of Booty's, has known the owners of the original Booty's for many years.

"It was time to reinvent the venue as a bar that better reflects its connection to the hostel, which welcomes travelers from all over the world, while offering something exciting and different," Roth says in a statement. "We’re looking forward to providing a fun new option for food and drinks in Deep Ellum and a unique alternative in the nightlife scene."

Changes include:

  • a secluded speakeasy-style entrance
  • a hidden door made of vintage suitcases located in the hostel lobby
  • a facade obscured by planters and hanging plants creating a more intimate setting
  • a dynamic calendar of events highlighting destinations and cultures from around the world

Basically, it's being positioned as a new concept, "while keeping with the ambiance and laid-back environment with a late-night scene in Deep Ellum."

One thing that's not changing is the chef: Joel Orsini is staying on board and will expand his offerings.

Menu items will continue to focus on a no-waste kitchen with farm-to-table and local produce, open daily until midnight.

Cocktails will remain sophisticated and globally inspired, with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients at an approachable price.

Izkina perhaps did not roll off the tongue, but is Booty's a better name? Would you, for instance, anticipate the sophisticated cocktails mentioned above at a place called ... Booty's? Would you ever want to call your friends and say, "Hey, let's pop in to Booty's"?

The changeover took place on August 16.