If you're a fan of Three Sheets' cheap happy hours and late night pizza, you may have missed your last chance to indulge — at least for a while.
The self-proclaimed "neighborhood sports pub" closed this fall to make room for a new tiki bar, according to owner Patrick Tetrick. The new spot, a joint venture Tetrick is pursuing with investment group SBBC Hospitium, is called Pilikia.
[UPDATE Jan. 17 at 1:26 p.m.: Pilikia will host a soft opening on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m., according to Facebook. Eater Dallas reports the bar will open regularly from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. beginning Feb. 7, in hopes of adding daytime hours in the spring.]
Tetrick opened the original Three Sheets on Ross Avenue near downtown Dallas about six years ago and it quickly gained popularity among Millenials looking for reasonably priced food and drinks, and a lively atmosphere. The business added two more locations in recent years in Uptown Dallas and Rockwall. The one in Uptown has since closed, but the suburban incarnation has thrived, Tetrick says.
The decision to shutter the original Three Sheets came after the concept no longer fit the space, Tetrick says. He's hoping to relocate the business to another spot in Dallas and build it similarly to the one in Rockwall, which is much larger and includes a stage for live music.
"I know many people think it's crazy for something in Uptown to take cues from Rockwall," Tetrick says.
"We've realized that the Three Sheets Rockwall template works a lot better for our brand. We need bigger square footage," he adds
Tetrick is currently negotiating a deal for a space "a stone's throw from Ross Avenue," but it hasn't been finalized. He assures the Three Sheets model won't change — it will still be a low-key sports bar with a pizza-driven menu, though he may add new entrees. If all goes according to plan, Tetrick hopes to reopen Three Sheets Dallas by the end of the year, as well.
Looking for "trouble"
Tetrick is working with Mark Beardon and others of SBBC Hospitium, the team behind Dallas bars Punk Society, Truth and Alibi, and the Tipsy Alchemist, to bring Pilikia to the neighborhood. Crews have quietly been doing infrastructural work during off hours but prepare to dig their heels into major construction after Three Sheets closes.
Pilikia means "trouble" in Hawaiian.
The Polynesian-style tiki bar will feature period-specific craft cocktails and a small menu of tapas. Aaron Wang, who currently works at the Tipsy Alchemist, will be partner/general manager and develop the cocktail program. The vibe will be more tropical than Three Sheets, Tetrick says, but not campy.
Tiki bars are "all the rage in Hollywood, all the rage in New York," Tetrick says. "It's going be a very hip, very cool, very sexy."
According to Beardon, the name says it all. "We want people to let their hair down," he says. "It's about having a good good time and getting into a little bit of trouble."
While that may sound fun to some, neighbors could be singing a different tune. Bungalow Beach Club, which is next door Three Sheets, is notorious for its late-night noise and raucous patrons. Local residents have historically been at odds with the club's owner about a solution. But Tetrick, who is not involved with the beach club, is hopeful those who live there will embrace the new tiki bar.
"I think the neighborhood knows we're a different operator, and hopefully we can rise through that," he says.
"We're going to try to keep those issues to Bungalow and we're hoping the neighborhood gives us a shot," he says. "We have a lot to offer the neighborhood."