Dublin Dr Pepper is Dead; Maple & Motor and Oak Cliff's Soda Gallery are among the Mourners

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Photos by Leslie Minora
The vintage Dublin Dr Pepper bottles at the Soda Gallery in Bishop Arts will remain forever empty.
Jack Perkins, co-owner of Dallas burger institution Maple & Motor, appreciates that a swig of Dublin Dr Pepper is just the thing to wash down a delicious burger. Once every few weeks since he opened his Maple Avenue burger shack, someone from his restaurant has made the two-hour drive to Dublin, Texas to pick up boxes of Dublin Dr Pepper syrup for the restaurant's soda fountain. But after yesterday's announcement that the plant will no longer make the soda, a trip to Dublin for Dr Pepper would be futile.

"We were caught off guard," Perkins said yesterday, not long after the news broke. He had about an eight-day supply remaining, but "we know there's gonna be a push." When we called to see what he thought of the news that the Dublin plant will stop making many of his customers' beverage of choice, he asked that we call back in a few minutes so he could first figure out a plan.

"We're gonna give it a proper send-off," he said a short time later. The restaurant is reserving what is a normal one-week supply for Monday, "so we can properly say goodbye." They're still serving the beverage today, but will stop the tap sometime this weekend to save supplies for next week's proper mourning period. It will be the same price as always: $1.65 per plastic glass.

After that, Perkins said, "We'll go the extra mile to make sure we have cane sugar Dr Pepper." He'll begin stocking the beverage bottled in Temple, Texas that the Dr Pepper Snapple Group says is the same formula as the Dublin version.

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Tony Font, co-owner of Soda Gallery. If you can't tell, he's wearing a Dublin Dr Pepper sweatshirt.
The question is whether Perkins' customers will notice the difference. Tony Font, co-owner of the Soda Gallery in the Bishop Arts District, said yesterday that some of his customers think they can. "You have your Dr Pepper purists that you say, 'that's the same formula,' and they say, 'it doesn't taste the same," he said.

Font also used to drive to Dublin every few weeks with cases of vintage 10oz Dublin Dr Pepper bottles from the '70s in tow. At the plant, the bottles were sanitized and refilled. Customers would drink from the bottles in-store as though at a bar, finishing the beverage then returning the bottle to be used again.

"As in most lawsuits, the customer doesn't win," Font said. "I think that's ludicrous because Dublin Dr Pepper has been there for so long."

Once Dr Pepper Snapple Group filed a lawsuit against the Dublin Dr Pepper Bottling Company in June, Font worried that he could somehow get caught in the legal cross-hairs, and he stopped traveling to Dublin for refills. When the lawsuit was first filed, he saw a spike in sales, then he ran out of his supply and the bottles have remained empty ever since.

"I think it's sad. There are two truly Texas drinks and that's Dr Pepper and Big Red," Font said.

Then the Soda Gallery phone rang; Font answered and responded, "Not any more. We're sold out."

Since he stopped supplying the Dublin version, he said, customers buy the cane sugar Dr Pepper bottled in Temple. "They do by the regular one," Font said, "but grudgingly so."


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22 comments
Anon
Anon

Why did Font feel the need to weigh in on the legal battle with commentary that has no basis in reality? 

I suspect that a lot of the people who claim the Temple variety "doesn't taste the same" are suffering a placebo effect.

Joepop1276
Joepop1276

So what else is new, or should I say is bucking the trend? Ever since the soft drink bottlers decided years ago that they would take the far better tasting cane sugar out of their recipes by substituting flavorless corn syrup and adding additional flavoring, they have fought a PR battle with the public who knows good taste from bad. Coke tried to recapture it's customers by adding yet more flavoring while retaining corn syrup with the "New Coke", but it's customers knew that they were being scammed. People know this: corn syrup is BAD for you. Corn is what cattle ranchers can fatten hogs and cows with faster than anything else. Much of the Hispanic community's waistlines are testimony what a diet largely of corn will yield. Our ability to raise such bumper crops of this commodity has politically forced food manufacturers into finding new ways to market corn, and because of its abundance we are now eating far more corn than we used to, and American health is suffering as a result. What to do? Think of new ways of reducing your intake of this VERY low nutrition food such as reading food package panels while looking for "corn syrup" or "corn flour". You've heard of foods that make you hungry  shortly after you've consumed it? Corn is one of those foods.

Jamita
Jamita

He should refuse to sell dr pepper altogether.

Meth head
Meth head

Arrrrggg, that's not funny!  Me bum hurts.  Imma pirate mates, and I don share no terlits.   Arrrrgg.

Where's Kerg's?

todd
todd

Lots of suck ass jobs in the food service industry but whomever gets to drive to Dublin every few weeks has hit the vocational jackpot,and I don't even like Dr. Pepper.   

G_David
G_David

I think this is being blown way out of proportion.  The vast majority of people bemoaning the closing of the Dublin plant have never actually had a Dr. Pepper that was bottled there.  Their machinery only refilled returnable bottles that were brought in by locals.  The non-returnable bottles and cans that people have been buying en masse from local grocery stores, as well as from the gift shop in Dublin, were all produced in Temple.  You will still be able to buy those, although at prices much higher than what they charged at the Dublin shop.

Having said that, I still think this sucks.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I have (3) sixers Dallass-ites, when your jones reaches a fever pitch, hollar.  10 bucks a bottle for Dallass county residents, considerably less for Tarrant/Hood/Parker vicinity.  Don't accept credit cards, but will look at all trades. No livestock or old ladies, got plenty of those.

cp
cp

I don't think so. I went to sommolier school and I have a great palette. The Dublin kind tastes smoother. 

Guest
Guest

Right! Tobacco used to be the political star crop but now, corn is courting the politicians and big money. It's being jammed down our throats and gas tanks because of, M-O-N-E-Y.

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

Where is the center of Corn America?

Hint: a very important political event just too place there.

Coincidence ? I think not, those few hundred thousand folks have way more political clout than you or I

URaDumbButt
URaDumbButt

What a lot of idiotic replies. Go smoke your crack somewhere else.

cp
cp

I regularly made trips to Dublin ti fill up. And unless my mind and palette are playing tricks on me, I noticed a difference in taste between the two. The Dublin kind was somehow "smoother", like it didn't have as much carbonation. 

Frizzy Fro
Frizzy Fro

I'll trade you a KoolRon Wash autographed jockstrap for 2 bottles...Got any Grape Nehi? 

Guest
Guest

Will you accept my first born?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

He he.........I also have some for sale to a yuppie/indie hipster (Dallas County Rates) for alot of cash......reduced rate for Collin, Denton and Tarrant County residents!  And no old ladies; I've also got plenty of those. 

Joepop1276
Joepop1276

You are correct.  We can still help our own health by watching our consumption of corn, and that includes today's soft drinks!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Hopefully that won't happen..... besides you and your boyfriend would have to adopt!

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