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5 new Dallas restaurant-bar reopenings, swinging back after COVID-19

5 new Dallas restaurant-bar reopenings, swinging back after COVID-19

Yardbird chicken
Yardbird chicken n waffles. Photo courtesy of Yardbird

With the coronavirus sort of at a plateau and new TABC regulations that make it a tiny bit easier for establishments to open, Dallas is seeing another small wave of restaurants and bars that are getting back in the game. That includes two Deep Ellum veterans and an Uptown restaurant-bar whose initial opening was delayed.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Yardbird will open the doors to its new location in the PwC Tower at Park District in the heart of Uptown on September 17. This will be the chain's fifth location globally.

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar serves a fresh take on Southern fare, for lunch, happy hour, supper, and brunch. Takeout and delivery are available and include a new boxed lunch program and family-style ordering options.

"We were thrown a COVID-19 curveball back in March when we were originally planning on opening and were forced to delay due to the pandemic, but I couldn’t be happier to finally have the opportunity to introduce Yardbird safely to the Dallas community,” says founder John Kunkel. “Combining our chef-driven atmosphere with beautiful interior design by our partners at Rockwell Group, our team can’t wait to finally flip the lights on, crack open the doors, and deliver our signature blend of modern and traditional Southern charm to locals and visitors alike.”

Chef for the Dallas location is Jonathon Thompson, with a menu that includes Fried Green Tomato BLT, Deviled Eggs, Fried Chicken, Chicken ‘n’ Watermelon ‘n’ Waffles, Short Rib, and Shrimp ‘n’ Grits.

Tasty Tails
Spicy seafood restaurant opened in Addison at 4950 Belt Line Rd on August 3, for takeout only. This is the second location of this New Orleans-style restaurant specializing in crawfish, following a Richardson restaurant that opened in 2015.

The menu features Cajun favorites like crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, lobster gumbo, and red beans and rice, they have frozen daiquiri machines with boozie slushies.

High Fives
Convivial bar off Henderson Avenue has returned with traditions but also an observation of city mandates that includes limited seating. They'll be streaming Tech Football on Saturday, September 12 at 7 pm, but reservations are required: email

Anvil Pub
Accommodating Deep Ellum pub is reopening on September 14. In addition to being a fun bar, Anvil has always had a strong food program with stick-to-your-ribs entrees and even a special section of vegan dishes. Their brunch is a big deal, including their infamous brunch cocktails, a la bloody Marys stacked high with snacks. For their reopening, they'll be unveiling a new menu with lots of items that are takeout-friendly as well.

Reno's Chop Shop
Deep Ellum neighborhood bar and music venue reopened on September 9 with safety protocols in place and a food truck, Misbehavin' Cajun, that's on site from open to close. They're serving drinks with the requirement that you wear a mask, observe social distancing, and use and sanitizer.