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Ginger Man beer bar goes flat in Lakewood too soon
After a mere two years, the Lakewood branch of the Ginger Man, the congenial beer bar chain, will close down, with its last day of business being a final blow-out on Christmas Day.
According to a spokesman, the bar-restaurant got an offer it couldn't refuse. "They had a good offer come in on the space, and decided to take it," he says.
Lakewood was the second Dallas branch for this Texas chain founded in Houston in 1985, following the Uptown branch which has been open since 1991. The Lakewood location was the former home to Angelo's Spaghetti House, an emotional favorite for the neighborhood which had been serving garlic rolls and spaghetti Bolognese for 21 years until it was shut down in 2013.
Nearly a year elapsed before the Ginger Man emerged as a replacement tenant when it opened in May 2014. The space got a serious makeover, including an upstairs lounge equipped with a roll-up door to the outside balcony that overlooked LaVista Drive and the Lakewood Theater.
While it saw an initial burst of business, it never quite drew an enduring crowd of regulars. The bar has a couple years left on its lease, and an announcement is pending on the new tenant, which will be a bar-restaurant concept from a Dallas operator.
In addition to Uptown, other Ginger Mans in the area include Fort Worth, Southlake, and the Shops at Legacy in Plano. The chain also has plans in the works to open in other cities in Texas.