The new and improved Dallas Farmers Market has almost any kind of cuisine you might want, from Caribbean and Cajun to Spanish and Vietnamese. And while there are restaurants that serve alcohol, such as Si Tapas and Mudhen Meat and Greens, the food hall formerly known as Shed 2 still lacks a designated bar.
That will soon change however, when Dallas' Noble Rey Brewing Co. opens a satellite taproom inside the Market. Not only will the new location offer Market patrons a place to grab a cold one to pair with their meal, but it will also afford residents and shoppers the opportunity to buy a six-pack to-go.
[UPDATE Nov. 7 at 12:17 p.m.: The new bar will open this Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Going forward, Noble Rey expects to be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., though it may stay open until 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. There are currently four taps for house beers, but the owners hope to expand to eight taps shortly. More details below.]
Noble Rey, which opened last year in the Design District, recently signed a lease on a 600-square-foot space neighboring Scardello Artisan Cheese. According to the brewery's owner Chris Rigoulot, the decision to expand came after the Farmers Market approached Tommy Miller, Noble Rey's cellar manager, about the opportunity. (Miller's wife, Tina, owns Proper Baking Co., also in the farmers market.)
"We didn't plan to satisfy the need for a 'beverage-only' use in leasing the Market," said Sasha Levine, an associate of CBRE who handles leasing there.
"It's really the story behind Noble Rey and their unique offerings that got us excited."
Noble Rey infamously experienced hardship before opening, pursuing several ill-fated locations before landing in the Design District. The brewery makes many popular and cleverly-named beers such as Boss Bitch, a fruit porter brewed for musician Jessie Frye, and Off The Leash Texas red ale.
Rigoulot plans to sell merchandise alongside draft and packaged beer. The taproom will be able to fill growlers, however, because Noble Rey is not producing beer at the Farmers Market, it will not be able to sell crowlers like it does at the brewery. (More on that here.)
The taproom is expected to open by mid-July, according to Levine.
"We’re hoping this is just the beginning for us and stuff like this, and being able to work outside our original footprint," Rigoulot said.
There are not currently plans to open another Noble Rey taproom in Dallas, but it’s not out of the question, he added.
Most of the restaurants in the Market are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but Noble Rey is hoping to stay open nights and later on weekends to cater to happy hour crowds and nearby residents.