One concept whose fortunes have risen in the wake of the coronavirus has been the idea of alcohol to go — and that sets the stage for the whimsically named Alky Therapy Daiquiris & Desserts, a new establishment opening at 3001 Knox St. that'll serve exactly what the name promises: daiquiris and desserts.
Daiquiris to go have always had a kind of low-rent vibe but COVID-19 has turned things upside down, and alcohol-to-go is now an emergent trend.
In addition, Alky Therapy approaches the category with more care and detail than the typical daiquiri drive-thru swill.
The original is in Shreveport, where it's a highly rated drive-thru serving daiquiris that are a cut above. The frozen drink mixes have intense fruit flavors like watermelon, mango, strawberry, and sour green apple, and come adorned with edible treats like mini-cupcakes, gummy bears, and fresh fruit.
Bestsellers include the Marley, with Hurricane (Vodka/Rum), Mango Daiquiri (Rum), and Margarita (Tequila, Triple Sec), poured into the jar container in layers so that it resembles the trademark colors of Jamaica; and the Candy Crush Watermelon, which combines Blue Raspberry, Hurricane, Green Apple, Peach, Lemonade, and 190-proof Vodka, adorned with an entire candy counter's worth of sour gummy candies. Drinks are 18 ounces, and average about $10. Many can be ordered without alcohol.
Owner Katina Gosey, who lives in Shreveport, founded the original in 2014. While not herself a big drinker, she has an eye for things that work.
"I went to a festival in Shreveport to help my sister, who has an ice cream truck," Gosey says. "People were waiting for over an hour in these long lines for a stand that was selling daiquiris. And the daiquiris weren't even that great. I thought, if I were to open a stand and make them better quality, it might do well."
As for Dallas, that happened because Gosey is already here once a month.
"I'm in the Army Reserve, and I'm in Dallas every month for my training, so it made sense," she says. "I wanted to expand to Texas and I think Dallas is the ideal place."
The Dallas location is going into a small storefront next door to Fadi's Mediterranean Grill, right off the frontage road of US-75 at the northwest corner of Knox. For Gosey, it represents the next step of her original concept.
"Rather than a drive-through place, this is more of a drink and dessert stop, featuring desserts with alcohol and drinks, both with alcohol and non-alcoholic, too," she says. "We'll have cookies and cupcakes and drunken cakes. Sweets have always been a component of what we do, but this will formalize it. And it's also a better fit for the location."
COVID-19 slowed down the opening, but she's hoping to be open by the end of December or early January.