West Dallas is full of the flavors of Austin, and recently Lower Greenville became home to a little bit of weird all its own.
In March, Austin-based Halcyon Coffee Bar and Lounge opened in the space formerly home to Cafe Brazil, bringing with it plenty of caffeine, breakfast and lunch bites, and a drink called the Long Island Iced Coffee. (More on that in a minute.)
The shop comes from two former North Texans, Kris Hardy and John Long, who grew up in the area before moving to Washington, D.C. to attend business school. After graduating, the pair moved to Austin to open their first Halcyon bar and cafe, followed by others in San Antonio, San Marcos and San Diego. Lacey Aleman is their operating partner.
At about 3,600 square feet, the Dallas location is the largest coffee shop they've opened thus far. According to Hardy, she and Long had been eyeing Big D for a while and the former Cafe Brazil provided the ideal place to reach breakfast and brunch-goers as well as late-night revelers.
"The Cafe Brazil space was when we both felt the stars were in alignment," Hardy says. "It's very reminiscent of the Austin space. It has original charm with wood floors, punched-in ceilings. It's a very spirited place, very inspirational."
Halcyon Dallas has a modern-chic feel, with a sleek design and pops of accent color. The west-facing wall, where the entrance resides, is almost completely comprised of windows, which flood the shop with natural light.
No matter the time of day, Halcyon's food and drink menus offer variety. Beginning with coffee, the shop serves a myriad of espresso drinks, as well as coffee by pour over and French press. It's standard line of beans comes from Katz Coffee roaster in Houston, but Halcyon also features a rotating guest roaster every six to eight weeks, normally a company that locals don't see often around town, Hardy says.
If you're coming by for happy hour or a late-night libation, Halcyon serves seasonal cocktails, beer and wine. In fact, Dallas is the first location to have draft taps for beer, kombucha and nitro coffee.
But let's get back to this epic-sounding Long Island Iced Coffee.
It's a mix of rum, vodka, Kahlua, Frangelico, Bailey's and Toddy cold brew coffee -- essentially "our answer to the vodka Redbull," Hardy says.
In terms of food, Halcyon serves breakfast in the morning (think tacos, pancakes, waffles and egg skillets), lunch in the afternoon (hot sandwiches, salads and the like), and flatbread pizzas and small plates, such as shishito peppers, in the evenings. There's also a dish called nacho tots that comes smothered in marinated steak and guacamole. (Hardy and Long also own and operate a network of pubs called Stella Public House, so the menu bleeds over from that concept.)
The Halcyon signature, however, is a s'mores plate. Patrons who order it receive a table-side setup complete with graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows and a flame.
"You never get tired of making s'mores, whether you're 10 or 80," Hardy says. And to that end, know that kiddos are more than welcome at this place. Hardy hopes it will satisfy young adults looking to study or have a drink outsize the club setting, as well as families looking to spend a day out among a tame crowd.
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A reason to visit
Halcyon Coffee Bar and Lounge is celebrating a grand opening on Thursday, April 6 with live music from 7 to 10 p.m. The business is located at 2900 Greenville Avenue in Dallas. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.