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Distillery-restaurant brings vodka and gastro fare to Richardson

Distillery-restaurant brings vodka and gastro fare to Richardson

The menu includes this tuna melt. Photo courtesy of Lockwood

A new distillery and craft kitchen has opened in Richardson with small-batch spirits and a chef-devised menu. Called Lockwood Distilling Co., it's owned by husband-and-wife Evan and Sally Batt, and is now open in the Richardson Heights neighborhood at 506 Lockwood Dr.

A release says that it's a first-of-its-kind community-driven epicurean destination that brings together creative gastro fare featuring local ingredients paired with specialty small-batch distilled spirits in its 100-gallon copper still.

Those distilled spirits include vodkas in flavors such as cinnamon rum and hibiscus. The food includes items such as tuna melts and "muffalattas," which is perhaps their unique spelling of the popular muffaletta sandwich of New Orleans fame.

Evan Batt has worked at beverage companies such as Desert Door Distillery, Glazer's, and Imperial Brands, while Sally has experience in the real estate industry.

General manager is Chad Julka and chef is Justin Box, who seems to be the chef at every new opening these days. The menu theme is "upscale comfort favorites" using seasonal and local goods.

Starters include smoked sweet potato bisque with pepita granola, and poblano pimento cheese with smoked pecans. Much smoked.

Sandwiches include smoked bologna, — see, told ya — a tuna melt, and a vegan sandwich with smoked carrots, hummus, and lemon garlic dressing.

Desserts include ice cream from Richardson favorite Sweet Firefly, and Pop Star popsicles.

Cocktails feature a full bar of Lockwood Distilling Co. spirits with a seasonal theme.

Decor has a black and white industrial feel, with natural woods, dark metals, and exposed brick. The 4,366-square-foot space includes an outdoor patio.

Custom artwork throughout the building includes pieces such as the metallic words, "We're just all one big family now," said to be lyrics from the couple's favorite song. Which song that is, they do not say.

Merchandise, including Lockwood Distilling Co. spirits, are available onsite.