Prepare yourself for nothing too fancy -- Ships Lounge in Dallas is reopening soon.
The fiercely beloved dive bar, located in a strip at the intersection of Greenville and Ross Avenues, closed last summer for what was supposed to be a couple weeks. But after finding a new owner proved elusive -- and the neighborhood association opposed the bar's late-night permit -- the fate of the 65-year-old watering hole remained undecided.
Ships then changed hands again to local entrepreneurs Naser Nayeb and Matt Pikar, who also own Nora Restaurant and Bar on Lower Greenville. They're just waiting on the booze to hoist the sails and open the doors Wednesday, July 13.
Naser and Pikar have made a habit of rejuvenating fledgling businesses. In January, they invested in Dallas Beer Kitchen, also on Lower Greenville, after it closed to due financial struggles.
"We don't want anything to close on Lower Greenville. We want it active," says Pikar. "We want to keep the legacy of Ships the way it is."
Pikar means that last part -- the newest thing about Ships is the plumbing, he says. Longtime patrons will also notice a new seating area upstairs where there was previously storage.
Other than that, much remains in tact. Not a bar stool has been upholstered, not a CD changed in the jukebox. Ships will also utilize the original coolers, ice machine and cash register, which only deals in dollars and cents. And the old "no cursing" rule still stands, Nayeb says.
And what of the trouble with the neighborhood association?
"They like us," Nayeb says. "We're good with the neighborhood from the past; we've always done what we're supposed to do."
Well, alright then. Initially, Ships will be open 10 a.m. to midnight every day of the week, and in September, hours will extend until 2 a.m.