A Sneak Peek at Goodfriends, East Dallas' New Burger Spot and Washer Pitching Battleground

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Amy Curry joined East Dallas at a sneak peek of the coming-soon neighborhood spot, Goodfriends. Here's her dispatch.

It won't open for at least a few weeks, but Goodfriends (near Peavy and Garland roads in East Dallas) finally opened its patio yesterday to invite its already devoted following, who have been circling the place for the past several months, to sample its future wares.

Owners Josh Yingling and Matt Tobin were hopeful for a June opening, but June came and went with much to be done. They still haven't determined a concrete launch date, but Tobin says they're happy with the progress and cited the event as an opportunity to give the public a peek.

"We just wanted to do it as a thank you to everyone for all the support," Tobin says. "The people on Facebook have been great, so we thought it would be good to give them a little preview of what's to come."

The soon-to-be-beer-garden and burger joint tapped a 200-year-old barrel filled with Franconia to get the party started. Breweries provided samples, included Stone Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewery, Ommengang Brewing, Harpoon Brewing, Avery Brewing and Left Hand Brewery. For the wine connoisseurs in attendance, Susanna Partida was representing N2 Wines.

The opening of Goodfriends will not be the first time Yingling and Tobin have joined forces; Yingling has managed the Tobin-owned Vickery Park on Henderson for the past six years. Yingling is making the transition to the same post at Goodfriends, although Tobin insists they're not trying to copy Vickery Park. "The only similarity will be that Josh and I are there," he says.

Tobin, an East Dallas resident, has apparently been staking out this location for quite some time. After Dallas voters decided to loosen the city's alcohol restrictions last November, he saw his chance.

"My wife has been telling me for years, 'You really need to do something with that place.' And now that this area is wet, we decided to go for it. We're going to feature burgers and beer, pairing great burgers with American craft beers."

Tobin has enlisted neighboring Good 2 Go owners Colleen O'Hare and Jeana Johnson to help out with culinary duties. The bar itself is in the process of being stained, and old church pews, which will be used for indoor seating, are waiting to be revived. The large patio out front is being equipped with a pergola.

There is still a lot of work ahead, but contractor Ryan Chaney says that once the patio is completed, there will be plenty of outdoor seating, complete with umbrella-covered tables and a washer pit.

Yes, a washer pit.


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Francisco Millet
Francisco Millet

I ate there last night with 7 neighbors and it was a hectic opening night- the food was good but the service was terrible.  HOWEVER, the three of us who used credit cards were each fraudulently overcharged by either our server or her manager.  We are going to speak to the owner this afternoon because it happened to all three of us.  It's a shame that a nice place that the neighborhood desperately needs would commit fraud, especially to neighbors who live two blocks from it.  They added $4 to my check, $4 to my partner's check, and $8 to my neighbor's check.  I can only imagine how many people were purposely overcharged last night on their credit cards.  

Franconia
Franconia

Ok guys sorry for the confusion on this but it said a 200 year old Barrel not 200 year old Beer. So the Beer is not 200 years old only the barrel is. This is one of the original Barrels my Great great Grandfather used in his first Brewery when he opened 1800. Pleas visit our side or check out our Brewery tour Saturday at 11 am to learn more about Franconia. Thanks and Cheers

gabbahey
gabbahey

Not our part of town any longer, but will swing by. I remember Matt from the Dubliner, and Vickery Park. Glad to see he's still around.

Brent D.
Brent D.

Joe, can you give more details about the 200 year old beer?

John Neely Bryan
John Neely Bryan

I'm pretty sure it is not plural, i.e. Goodfriend. Regardless it was a cool deal and can't wait for it to open.

Coleman
Coleman

Hoping it doesn't get over-hyped like Katy Trail Ice House, but I'll check it out just for the great selection of beer samples. Well, maybe not Left Hard...i'm more of a Left Hand fan.

Willie
Willie

Egad.....beer at Peavy Road and Garland Road?   I can feel the Baptists turning over in their graves.

sass
sass

We had so much fun yesterday and can't wait for this place to open. But that single bottle of Yuengling on the top of the bar in honor of it's kinda-namesake? Total tease. That was just mean.

littleloo
littleloo

Do tell, where is this place?

jim
jim

am I missing something?  Where is it?

matt
matt

yay josh!  so glad ts making its way!

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

"tapped a 200-year-old barrel of Franconia to get the party started."

200-year-old beer?  Seriously?

Gyby5
Gyby5

Dude it was probably a mistake

Gmit
Gmit

Your an asshole !

Amy Curry
Amy Curry

It's at Peavy and Garland Rd. 

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Especially considering that Franconia Brewery is less than 10 years old.

Yelof
Yelof

barrel is 200 years old, not the beer. Dennis' (of Franconia brewing) family were all brewers in Germany. This barrel is kind of like a family heirloom. He fills it, then taps it for numerous events around DFW (Oktoberfests, etc)

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