The Local Post, replacing Dallas Nightclub, opens as neighborhood pub

The Local Post is opening as a neighborhood restaurant by day and a pub for older crowds by night.

The Local Post is opening as a neighborhood restaurant by day and a pub for older crowds by night.

The entrepreneurs who brought a few original concepts to the Domain Northside’s Rock Rose entertainment district have ventured farther south for their next project.

After opening Jack & Ginger’s Irish Pub, the dance club Rose Room and two others last year, Jeff and Darren Van Delden — through their company the Union Venture Group — have extensively renovated the former Dallas Nightclub space, transforming it into a neighborhood pub they’re calling the Local Post.

Tomorrow, the Local Post debuts at 7113 Burnet Rd. in North Austin.

It’ll bring a relaxed good time to the Crestview neighborhood with Texas comfort food, happy hour specials, plenty of parking, indoor arcade games and big-screen TVs. By day, the Local Post aims to be a family-friendly restaurant — with menu options like smoked brisket sliders and 10 lb. Can Nachos that come three different ways — but by night, starting around 5 p.m., the pub will transition to more of a 21-and-older space.

Happy hour is from 4 to 7 p.m. on weekdays and offers $2.50 domestic pints, $3 wells and daily drink specials for $3 or $4. You’ll be able to order drinks at any of the three full bars within the pub.

The Dallas Nightclub closed in September 2015 after 35 years in business slinging cheap drinks near a large dance floor, and the Union Venture Group scooped up the space last summer, deciding to completely gut it for their vision of a neighborhood bar.

“Someone was going to put a bar there, so we figured why not us?” Jeffrey Van Delden said in a Statesman story about the purchase. “We feel like Burnet Road has grown into a hot spot in the last few years. We want to make something very friendly for the neighborhood, very casual with lunch and dinner, a bar and a nice-sized patio.”

We again previewed the Local Post two weeks ago in our roundup of bars, breweries and other drinking spots opening in 2017. The bar on Burnet Road is one of the first ones in this preview to announce an official opening date.

The Local Post will be open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily starting tomorrow. For more information, visit thelocalpost.pub.


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