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Eddie “Really Lucky” Campbell to Open Parliament in Uptown

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Eddie “Lucky” Campbell and his partner Andrew Brimecome pop Champagne to celebrate the opening of Parliament.

Popular Dallas mixologist Eddie “Lucky” Campbell has had a crazy year. He was pushed out of The Chesterfield, a sophisticated downtown cocktail den, by his partner Ed “Really Unlucky” Bailey, whose chain of opulent steakhouses Bailey’s Prime recently died a slow, painful death. His current empire of Patrizio restaurants is shrinking. The breakup of Campbell and Bailey at The Chesterfield was, and still remains (the two continue to battle for total ownership), a nasty affair.

After Campbell was forced out of his business at the Chesterfield, he bounced around town chasing a series of consulting gigs. He created cocktails for Frankie’s in Lewisville, helped Mico Rodriquez at his soon-to-open Mesero Miguel, lent his talent to Resto Gastro Bistro in Trinity Groves and Union Bear on McKinney Avenue and tended bar at The Standard Pour. In mid-August, he landed a cushy gig behind the bar at Abacus. Then his phone rang.

“I got a call from an investor and we found a place in Uptown,” Campbell says. “We’re going to open this week.” (Update: They are soft opening to friends and family this week.)

Whaaat?

“I have signed a lease on a small location at 2418 Allen St, which was formerly my friend’s bar, previously known as Four Lounge, Campbell says. “My friend who owned the Four Lounge was Keith LaBonte, who ran a beautiful little cocktail lounge there, and clearly put his heart and soul into creating passion driven cocktails & experiences. Keith passed away unexpectedly about 6 months ago and he has been Greatly missed in the neighborhood, as well as in the cocktail community. I feel that Keith was the hardest working man in the bar business, as he also hosted catering events and participated in some well known consulting jobs, such as Pepper Smash in The Shops at Legacy. I hope to honor Keith and his work with our cocktail lounge, which will be called Parliament.”

Update: He will continue to work with Abacus.

 

 

10 comments on “Eddie “Really Lucky” Campbell to Open Parliament in Uptown

  1. Thank you Nancy, I must tell you that I am not leaving Abacus though…Chef Rathbun has been a very influential person in my life and I will always stay with him in whatever capacity he wants! I owe him so much! …also we are not opening this week as we just signed the lease ; ) thank you for always supporting the Dallas Cocktail Movement! – Lucky

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  3. I live across the street from IV…used to be one of my favorite bars, was so sad when Keith passed away and it closed. Will look forward to meeting you, Lucky, and being another local patron!

  4. James, please come by and introduce yourself when we get open, I look forward to meeting you…and I have a cool tribute to Keith planned that I think everyone will be proud of. Thank you for your support, hope to meet you soon!
    – lucky

  5. I helped Keith run IV for a little over a year. I think he’d be happy to know that someone he held in such high regard was going to set up shop in that space. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  6. Thank you so much for saying that Ben, that means so much to me! I would really like to stay in touch and would love to have you speak on Keith’s behalf at our opening…and I also really want to keep some of Keith’s drinks on our menu always and could really use some help with exact recipes – thank you Ben!

  7. It’d be my pleasure. We walked by the soft opening / smallish event on Monday night, talked with Omar briefly. It’s cool that you all are going to expand into the former barbershop space, etc. I’ll be in touch.

  8. On the grape vine the funds for Andrew Brimecomes ventures are partly defrauded from his father.