The Lot restaurant and bar to open in former Backyard Beach Bar space

Expect to see some major work going on here over the next few months.

The old Backyard Beach Bar will open next year as The Lot, a restaurant and bar across the street from White Rock Lake and along the Santa Fe Trail.

Managing partner John McBride says the property, located at 7530 E. Grand, is under heavy reconstruction to create a “unique but comfortable” space that is “welcoming to all.”

“We are going to be a few things in one. We will have a rockin’ bar, great food, areas for kids, games for adults, a music stage, and hopefully a bridge to the Santa Fe Trail.”

The Santa Fe Trail, which connects to White Rock Lake Trail and runs through East Dallas to Deep Ellum, is undergoing major improvements too. (Read our October 2012 story about that here). Right now, a creek separates The Lot from the trail.

The Lot owners have enlisted Tei An designer Hatsumi Kuzuu to create an aesthetic, everyone-friendly place with a cozy, lived-in feel. Out back, they are getting rid of the pool, but the volleyball nets will likely remain.

McBride seems pretty pumped about the property’s potential.

“We are crazy-excited about the location—the green trees, the area, which is experiencing a transformation, and the people who live around here.”

Star chef Sharon Hage is developing the menu; she and the owners will start the tastings this week, McBride says.

McBride, a Preston Hollow resident, comes from the Martinez family who owned El Fenix until 2008. He spent many years working at the Casa Linda location, he says.

The other owners hail from the White Rock area, he says.

Because the place is undergoing such a major overhaul, they don’t expect to open until January, at least. This week they are submitting some designs to the city for approval.


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  • G_David

    The trail is actually only separated from this place by a chain link fence.  The creek is on the other side of the trail.  Not really sure why a bridge would be needed – a simple gate would do.

  • G_David

    The trail is actually only separated from this place by a chain link fence.  The creek is on the other side of the trail.  Not really sure why a bridge would be needed – a simple gate would do.

  • rosie

    I was hoping for a Katy Trail Ice House type place too. But sounds great! With the success of Goodfriend and Good 2 Go Taco it shows that this area is begging for some great, fresh, modern affordable place to fit in with the young professionals / thirty somethings that make their home on this side of the lake.

  • Melissa

    I’m excited about the “areas for kids” and music stage!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shola.rogers Shola Rogers

    I miss The Backyard Beach Bar but this place sounds pretty cool. Hopefully, it would be a cool and affordable place to go.

  • Michael Mosteller

    Was really hoping for a Katy Trail Ice House but I’m happy someone is taking that spot and doing something nice with it. Remember when it was Shotgun Sam’s. Love that things are happening in the White Rock Lake area.

  • http://advocatemag.com Keri Mitchell

    Yea! Please build that bridge from the trail — I’ll be a 5- to 10-minute walk away. (And could I humbly request parking for bikes and jogging strollers?)

  • http://www.facebook.com/yourethejournal Rachel Stone

    Sounds awesome!