The Blackfriar pub is expanding with a new location in Lakewood
A new old spot will relocate to the former Full Circle Tavern space to succeed where its predecessors failed.
The space of this second location, Blackfriar Lakewood, at the bend of La Vista and Gaston Drive, once housed Full Circle Tavern’s second location. Before that, the space was The Ginger Man, and long before that, it was Angelo’s.
Angelo’s closed in 2013, serving the North Dallas community for 23 years before a dispute with the landlord “shut them out of the building,” according to the owners. The Ginger Man took its place in 2014 before closing in 2016, after accepting an “offer they couldn’t refuse”. Finally, Full Circle Tavern opened its second location in the building in early 2019 before it and the original tavern location closed at the end of the year.
When asked about the attractiveness of the location given its business history, Kevin Bartley, Chief Operating Officer, said “the space is a really cool two-story concept that fits the way our pub is in Uptown…and the view of the old Lakewood Theater is hard to beat.
The Blackfriar Pub is an Irish American sports center founded in 2003 in an old frame house on McKinney Avenue. The pub serves traditional Irish pub fare such as fish and chips, corned beef and hash Benedict and Irish breakfast (bacon strips, pork sausages, fried eggs and fried tomatoes).
According to Bartley, the Lakewood location will have bars on both floors where NFL Sunday Ticket, UFC fights, football, a few college sports and more will be featured, making Blackfriar a go-to spot for sports fans in Dallas.
“We’re a cozy and fun space that I jokingly call our ‘sweatpants’ concept,” says Bartley. “Who doesn’t love chilling in a pub with a Guinness and watching a game?”
Blackfriar Pub is part of The One Esca Group, a group of restaurants in Plano. The company owns Blackfriar and tequila_delicious in Uptown, Taste of Chicago in Addison, and Sugarbacon and Mad for Chicken in Mckinney. Bartley told the Observer that a second Sugarbacon will soon open at Allen in Watterscreek.
There is no confirmed date the Lakewood site will open, as the opening date is a “moving target and will depend on permits,” Bartley said. “We love the story and the community, and we’re excited to be part of the scene there.”
More information on the opening of Blackfriar Lakewood will be shared in the coming months as more details are found.