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First Look: Sundown at Granada

Posted 11:53am on Thursday, Jan. 05, 2012

Although there is no shortage of places to grab a bite along Greenville Avenue in Dallas, none have the convenience for those attending shows at the Granada Theater of the just-opened Sundown at Granada. It's right next door, mere steps from the entrance to one of the city's best music venues. Although the refurbished space's kitchen, helmed by Granada chef Patrick Stark, won't be up and running until next Friday, the bar opened its doors yesterday to a steady stream of patrons.

Light, airy and evoking a cozy, ski lodge-style living room, Sundown at Granada has its roots in Granada Theater owner Michael Schoder's past. As he explained to me yesterday, while giving me an extended tour of the two-story space, Sundown was the Canadian town where his mother and grandmother were raised. Schoder's memories of his extended family gathering in Sundown fueled his desire to make the former M Street Bar/Mike's Treehouse building an inviting, comfortable one.

Downstairs, the bar greets customers as they enter, giving way to a soaring atrium and a peek at the second floor of Sundown at Granada. Past the bar, tables and chairs, along with a small knot of overstuffed easy chairs, sit in front of a reclaimed wood wall that Schoder says was scavenged from his garage, as well some friends of his. The overall feel is, again, not unlike being in someone's home, encouraging you to linger over drinks and conversation.

Although the upstairs is still being finished out, Schoder brought me up top to show off the view across Greenville Avenue, as well as his plans for possible rooftop gardening and the movie screen that has already been installed. With more than 60 beers on tap, as well as an array of specialty cocktails and a focus on "farm-to-table" cuisine, Sundown at Granada should provide a welcome alternative for those seeking a fresh happy hour/pre-show or post-show culinary destination.

The beer garden/restaurant is open every day from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. at 3520 Greenville Avenue.

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