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 Post subject: New Tiki in Dallas
PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:10 pm 
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Came across this, thought you might be interested.

The Tiki Cocktail Destination Dallas Deserves Is Finally Ready to Make Its Debut

Greenville Avenue’s Swizzle brings island-inspired drinks and eats to the city’s bleak tiki scene

After a series of pop-ups and more than five years in the works, Greenville Avenue’s long-awaited tiki lounge Swizzle is finally ready to make its debut.

Owner Jen Reyes tells Eater that the bar will host its grand opening festivities on November 4 at 1802 Greenville Avenue, Suite 110, in the space that formerly housed Dallas Beer Kitchen. Originally, Reyes says that the plan was to open Swizzle in March, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. “We were planning to open in March,” Reyes says. “We were ready, but then COVID happened. It frustrated us very much at the beginning. We were right there, we could taste it. We couldn’t wait to share this beautiful space with everyone, and we were just stuck waiting.”

And because of the restrictions on operating a bar right now, Swizzle will open as a restaurant with a full menu of Hawaiian comfort food and Polynesian-inspired dishes. Think tender and juicy kalua pork, hot plates loaded down with chicken katsu and macaroni salad, SPAM snack platters, and crispy, deep-fried lumpia. The bar will also serve its own version of the Dole Whip, a beloved frozen dessert made with pineapple.

Of course, there will be plenty of umbrella drinks, ranging from classic Painkillers and Mai Tais to more inventive takes on tiki cocktails. “Our menu right now is preliminary,” Reyes says. “It’s a small run of what we’re going to do when things are more normal, probably next year.”

Swizzle is a seriously welcome addition for tiki obsessives in Dallas. It’s the first legitimate tiki bar to open its doors since the closure of legendary tiki spot Trader Vic’s in 2010.

When Swizzle does make its debut, a serious COVID-19 safety protocol will be implemented. A limited number of drinkers will be able to reserve a socially-distanced table in two hour blocks — 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m. — and each table will be thoroughly sanitized in between parties. Masks are required, and temperature checks will be conducted at the door. Capacity inside the bar will be limited to about 25 people at first, because, according to Reyes, that’s about how many people can fit six feet apart inside the space.

For those who aren’t comfortable dining (or drinking) in just yet, Swizzle will also serve takeout cocktails. Read more about the bar’s safety protocols and details on how to make a reservation via Swizzle’s website.

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