The Foundry is Open in Oak Cliff with Beer, Picnic Tables and, Coming Soon, Fried Chicken

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Chef Tim Byres, Chris Jeffers and Chris Zielke, co-owners of Smoke, have seen fit to transform the spacious old Jack's Backyard spot to a beer garden called The Foundry and a chicken stand called Chicken Scratch. The latter isn't open just quite yet, but the former -- the drinking part -- is.

Way back when, this plot of land down the road from The Belmont Hotel was a mechanic's shop spread out over three acres. Now the actual garage has been transformed into a bar. Outside, a big courtyard has old shipping containers one one side and an elevated stage made entirely of wooden pallets at the end (see photo below).

Chicken Scratch is in a separate building right next to The Foundry and should open by the end of the month. Chef Tim Byres will serve roasted and fried chicken meals that can be eaten on the picnic tables in the courtyard or taken home.

There's no fancy drink menu or "bar program" at The Foundry. It's old school -- you call it like you want it. But the beer options, both on tap and in bottles, are adventurous.

For now you can order basic bar food at The Foundry. Cheese and bacon fries are served in red and white checkered paper boats. There are a handful of other things on the menu, like burgers, chips and tacos, but just eight in all and the most expensive is 10 bucks for hot wings.

When the weather warms up, the large glass garage doors in the bar that face the courtyard will certainly be raised, and the picnic tables in the courtyard will surely be full. With good tunes on stage, The Foundry looks like it will be an excellent place to hang.

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A (really) bad picture of the courtyard with stage at far end and shipping containers on left.

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richardreynolds
richardreynolds

Space has great bones !!! Good Luck with the Foundry !!!

TC
TC

West Dallas, not Oak Cliff

Ralphy
Ralphy

3-acres.  Cool...can Fido roam around off leash...like at LHO?

Guy Smiley
Guy Smiley

Qualifier: I have more gay and lesbian friends than I do straight friends.

So. Not that I care about gender, but does this bar swing the way Jack's did (i.e., a lesbian bar)? They sure had some hateful bartenders there. I went there several times (maybe about a half dozen times over the course of a couple of years, and each time, the staff were just plain rude. I typically give bars and restaurants several chances at my repeat business, but they sure seemed like they didn't want my money. I eventually stopped going, too many other bars out there. I would like to try this place, it's not too far from home, and am happy to try new bars.

Anon
Anon

Good luck having live music there and not getting complaints from the neighbors. Yes, they live in a trailer park. But they still call the police.

Tc82
Tc82

I love the beer options. There's a difference between having interesting beer and pushing the envelope with things that are gonna be $8+ a pint. I feel their selection is aimed at casual beer drinkers and beer lovers alike. It covers a broader clientele. It's far from the standard beer lists you normally see. Great bar, guys!

Perkins' Terlit
Perkins' Terlit

Hey it looks as if the bartenders are fedora free, can the CoA really support this place?

Wyatt
Wyatt

yea the beer isnt anything special. kind of disappointing for a place that's supposed to specialize in drinks. Left Hand, Widmer, Brooklyn (most of it), Breck, Redhook, harpoon, Magic Hat are all incredibly pedestrian, large and now corporate breweries.

seems like they just let the distributor roll in and set up the dumb-man "craft beer" lineup.

Snack Perkins
Snack Perkins

Those beer options, while better than nothing, certainly aren't in the realm of "adventurous."

LaurenDrewesDaniels
LaurenDrewesDaniels

Totally and completely different crew this time around. No one at all from the old establishment appears to be working at this new place. I'm like almost certain you will find no problems with the service.

Winsomeman
Winsomeman

Not if they are all here. I'm sitting here talking to one of the 10 trailer park tenants and they say that they won't mind as long as this place doesnt attract the the wrong crowd.

OCBlues
OCBlues

That's exactly what I told the guy at 303.  We'll almost.  They don't live in a trailer park, but you still can't put live music outside and expect everybody to be cool with it.  Bolsa tried it and got tickets.  Luckies tried it and got tickets.  Only Quinn was able to get away with it because the apts across the street were, and still are, abandoned.

Guest
Guest

I bet they won't get the two confused..

Coleman
Coleman

 that's the kind of demographic you have to appeal to in Oak Cliff these days, unfortunately. "What fun! Magic Hat #9! Why, I'd normally have to go to Kroger for that, but now I can pay a premium and not have to leave my yuppie enclave!"

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

 They are to me since I rarely go beyond the Bud, Shiner selections and occasional Mexican beers.  The description of the place is enough to lure me in.  I'd even try several of the beers mentioned.

OCBlues
OCBlues

Sure beats having a row of taps with all the same beer, just with different names.  No matter how you want to spin the beer tastes of Oak Cliff, the Ben E Keith rep will still tell you with a smile that Bud Light is the number one selling beer in the metroplex.  To most people, believe it or not, Magic Hat IS adventurous.

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