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New Concept Will Replace the Now Closed Thomas Avenue Beverage Company

Tortilla soup (photo by Kevin Hunter Marple)

A couple days ago, CraveDFW said that TABC closed down for good. I sent a Facebook message to Russell Hayward (also behind the haute Ascension Coffee in the Design District), asking him what happened. He sent me back this gloomy reply:

“Well, the landlord has decided that TABC has had its run at the corner of Thomas and Allen and that perhaps a new concept will better serve them. As such they did not extend our lease. I’d like to thank all the great TABCer’s that helped support the business for the 12 years under founder Joel Lebovitz and the 6 years with me. I also wish the best of success to the new lessee of the building when that is finally decided,” says Hayward.

Sad day. Hayward sounds pretty bummed.

  • Uptowner

    Sad for the neighborhood but no surprise. TABC took a drastic turn for the worse when Joel sold it, then gradually kept getting even worse beyond that. Had some really bad meals a few months ago and never went back, especially with other options nearby. And what was the deal with adding sushi? Seemed like a desperation move.

    BTW, I’m pretty confident that if you don’t pay your rent, that forces the landlord to “decide that TABC has had its run.”

  • Mike

    Right, there are two sides to every story and legal postings and changed locks are not signs of a lease non-renewal….

  • twinwillow

    You’re 100% correct!

  • Former Uptown Resident

    loved going there back in the day

  • Joshua Raley

    I so so wish a Bolsa Mercado could expand to this newly opened spot or something similar. Some type of neighborhood market like that would do so well with the location.

    Chris and Chris should think about this location as a new concept.

  • Josh

    I so so wish a Bolsa Mercado could expand to this newly opened spot or something similar. Some type of neighborhood market like that would do so well with the location.

    Chris and Chris should think about this location as a new concept

  • Bill Batey

    Yeah, bouncing a month’s worth of employee paychecks, vendor bills, and not paying a lease since November will do that to you. Oh and taking $40,000 out of the TABC account to get Ascension opened up and pay for a $20,000 coffee machine doesn’t really help either.

  • Slim Jim

    Good riddance. That section of Uptown has become too crowded and too noisy. I hope someone will bulldoze the building, run off all the possums and feral cats residing under that wooden patio deck, get rid of that nasty trash dumpster and the tin sheds, and let the whole lot become a vacant space with some greenery. That will improve Uptown.