Greenville Bar and Grill changed names a lot. At one point, it was Asian restaurant Rohst.

Greenville Bar and Grill changed names a lot. At one point, it was Asian restaurant Rohst.

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Shawn Foley used to visit Greenville Bar and Grill in the 1980s as a college student at SMU. Plenty of things happened since his college days: The bar burned down in 2010 and played host to several new businesses -- an Asian place and a pub, to name two.

Decades later, Foley took ownership of the address at 2817 Greenville Avenue in Dallas and gave it its old name back: Greenville Bar and Grill.

Greenville Bar and Grill

But that bar has closed, again. Foley told his patrons recently on Facebook that Greenville Bar and Grill, under Foley's ownership, shutters Feb. 7.

Until its closing, it's happy hour all day, every day, which means discounted prices on beer, wine and cocktails, according to the bar's website.

Greenville Bar and Grill had in fact been there since the 1930s. A search in the archives found some fun slices in time. A 1984 story in The Dallas Morning News noted Greenville Bar and Grill's delicious crab claws, "plus live Dixieland on rip-roaring Lower Greenville." Way back when, it even had illegal slot machines in a back room, we reported.

In a 2006 DMN article describing the bar's legacy, reporter Allen Houston noted that it was one of Dallas' first places to get a beer license after prohibition. In the 1940s, a man named Pat Zaby was quoted as saying, "It was a clean-cut place where you could bring your wives and kids and get something to eat and have a few beers with your neighbors." 

When the bar changed hands, the same man was quoted as saying, "There are a lot of people who are going to miss the Greenville Bar and Grill and all it has meant to the community." You could say that now, too.

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