A South Texas-inspired ice house and patio restaurant is opening in Knox Henderson this week.
Willie D’s opens Friday, Sept. 9, in the space formerly occupied by Uno Mas along Henderson Avenue. Co-owners Gary Stapleton and Brad Miller, who is also the chef behind the concept, are both from South Texas and wanted to open a neighborhood spot that would emulate the ice houses there.
Brad Miller (left) and Gary Stapleton (right) are co-owners of the new Willie D’s ice house on Dallas’ Henderson Avenue.(Kathy Tran )
“Willie D’s [my father’s name] is a tribute to his love for the classic South Texas icehouse,” Gary Stapleton said in a statement about the opening. “It was where cold beer, good food, country music and dominoes were a nightly occurrence. He knew every person who came through the door; it was a spot where you could kick your feet up and relax after a long day. This is the heart and soul of Willie D’s.”
The menu, created by Miller, will have classic bar food favorites like burgers, tacos, a Wagyu hot dog, grilled oysters and a few variations of loaded cheese fries — one of which comes topped with elotes, lime crema, cotija, cilantro and crushed Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
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“One thing I learned working in the industry almost my entire life is the ultimate necessity is consistency. So I designed the menu to be just that,” Miller said.
The restaurant has inside seating for up to 80 people and a patio that can seat 25 more. It will be open Wednesday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Willie D’s opens Sept. 9 at 2929 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas. williedshenderson.com.
The You Know the Spot loaded fries at Willie D’s in Knox Henderson are topped with elotes, cotija, cilantro, lime crema and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.(Kathy Tran)
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