ORG XMIT: *S195740BA* DJ Chadwick (real name Chad Gilliam) photographed at Knox Street Pub in Dallas, TX, on Friday, December 12, 2008.

ORG XMIT: *S195740BA* DJ Chadwick (real name Chad Gilliam) photographed at Knox Street Pub in Dallas, TX, on Friday, December 12, 2008.

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Knox Street Pub and Grill in Dallas is a bar with many personalities. It has a cozy patio. A raging, late-night dance floor. A shockingly excellent whiskey selection. TVs for sports of all kinds. And Jell-O shots, sold at the bar by the fistful -- and served out of plastic syringes as if you were at a frat party. The Uptown Dallas bar is many things to many kinds of people.

And in November 2018, it's closing.

You like whiskey? Knox Street Pub has a giant case on the wall -- this is only part of it -- with spirits of all price points.

You like whiskey? Knox Street Pub has a giant case on the wall -- this is only part of it -- with spirits of all price points.

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The word is "bittersweet," owner Ryan Ferguson says, answering the phone June 28 while he worked the bar.

An Instagram post that went up a few hours earlier explains some of the reasons the McKinney Avenue bar is closing.

"This is my baby," Ferguson writes. "But, for right now, it's time to move on to bigger and better things." He's been involved with the bar for more than 13 years, but it's been open for about three decades, the website says.

Ferguson's note alluded to potentially opening another Knox Street Pub somewhere else someday. But for now, his focus appears to be on making its last few months count. Are Jell-O shots a good way to celebrate? Absolutely.

For Uptown bar hoppers of a certain age, the end of Knox Street Pub signals fond memories other bars of the same era, like Idle Rich Pub and McKinney Avenue Tavern, both now gone. Go see the ol' KSP before it closes; that red neon sign won't be lit forever.

Knox Street Pub is located at 4447 McKinney Ave., Dallas.

Over the past few months, I’ve been inundated with phone calls and emails regarding the rumor of KSP closing. Therefore, I felt it was time to write and set the record straight regarding the “rumors”. It is true that I have made the decision to close at the end of my lease term in November. That said, there are a few things I’d like to clarify. I approached my landlord a year ago and informed him I would not be signing a new lease at the end of my current term. I believe he was somewhat shocked, but understood after a lengthy conversation. We have an incredible relationship and are close friends. Stockdale is an amazing group with amazing people behind it. I want to make it clear that this was 100% my decision. This was not a circumstance of a “greedy landlord” wanting me out. Or, raising the rent on the property. After almost 14 years here, I’m simply looking for a little quality of life. People ask why I wouldn’t sign a new lease and then sell considering the business we consistently do. The answer: This is my baby. I’ve been here almost 14 years. I’ve seen it mistreated under prior ownership and I couldn’t see it happen in the future under a new group. Therefore, it made sense to walk away when I was ready to do so. That time is near. I own the assumed names, so it’s a concept I could consider again in the future. But, for right now, it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. I’d like to thank everyone at Stockdale Investment Group. Especially Joe. You guys are the best for a reason. I look forward to working with you again in the near future. 😏 If anyone cares to follow me on the next adventure, I am finally joining social media and have started a personal Instagram @rferguson55 Thank you all for your understanding. Let’s blow the last four months out! -Ryan

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