Get To Know: Crafty Irishman

This time of year we can all feel our New Year’s to-do list piling up and our hectic lives becoming even busier. Especially here in Dallas, where something is always happening and changing. Sometimes what we really need is a break.

We need to get away and enjoy the company of our friends and fellow neighbors, but why would we leave Dallas when we could just transport ourselves to a home away from home right here in the city?image1Walking into The Crafty Irishman Public House will do just that. Alan Kearney, local pub owner, and his team have done an amazing job creating a warm Irish haven for Dallasites to come gather with friends, watch a football game, enjoy some comfort food, or just take a break from a chaotic day.

Kearney brings a traditional Irish feel to Downtown Dallas that is hard to find here in the States. The pub embodies what a pub should be: a place comfortable enough to gather with old friends or even a place to make new ones.

“It’s about the community,” he will tell you. He is a Downtown resident and his sense of community can be seen in the friendly service he and his staff embody. Don’t be surprised to see Kearney greet customers by name or offer suggestions on some of his favorite dishes or drinks.image6“We want to get people out and talking to each other,” he says. Kearney grew up in Dublin, and it is important to him and his Downtown family that they share this warm culture. Irish bars aren’t all the same, and Kearney intentionally wanted to create a comfort food bar with traditional touches. Many of the staff members at The Crafty Irishman also evoke an authentic Irish feel.

There is a “true and true Scottish man behind the bar,” to serve up a mean drink and even the chef uses traditional Irish recipes.image2While Kearney is originally from Dublin, Ireland, he moved to Dallas about three years ago. He opened this pub in September 2016 knowing he wanted a warm interior and a pleasant outdoor patio area. To the delight of everyone Downtown, he wanted it to be different. No shamrocks. No clichés. He wanted the Irish heritage to shine through in the friendly service and the food, not cheesy décor.

They bring a lot of traditional Irish components to the pub like an all-day Irish Breakfast of scotch eggs, porridge, or your good ole corned beef hash. They have a wide selection of Irish whiskey and scotches, beers, traditional snacks & candies, and even an Irish Stew from his grandmother’s recipe book.image3He and his talented chefs have even brought the classic Irish tastes to some Texan favorites. For example, you have to try their Irish Tacos. While they may not be traditional, they are a must try. The “O My Cod” tacos, for example, bring the staple taste of fish and chips into the easy to eat taco. They definitely know how to do comfort food Texas style. Their Gaelic Mac and Cheese has lots of delicious add-ins and is topped with a Guinness stout cheese, which is always a great pick-me-up.image4

If you aren’t hungry after reading about their food, you must have just eaten. But even though the food may be tasty, what is most important to Kearney is how the customers feel in his pub. He has taken great care to ensure the atmosphere and service were well developed and nurtured. To the people at The Crafty Irishman, the Irish culture isn’t shamrocks and leprechauns, it’s familiar service and a comfortable, lively atmosphere. When you enter the Crafty Irishman, you are able to take a step out of Dallas and into the Land of a Thousand Welcomes.

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Get To Know: Charming

Nestled in Bank of America Plaza, Charming is changing Dallas one arrangement at a time! Alicia Aguilar has merged her love for florals, planning, design, and paperie all into one!

Five years ago, Alicia decided to start Charming in order to get back to her creative side. She originally wanted to offer only floral design and wedding and event planning. However, Alicia caught the attention of the Bank America Plaza by bringing a beautiful flower arrangement to her mom’s office. An office manager loved Alicia’s arrangement so much that they asked her to come run a flower and gift shop in the bottom of the building.

In March of 2015, Alicia decided to take a leap of faith and leave her full-time job to open Charming Boutique. Alicia shared, “One of the scariest things about opening up this space was leaving your job security and insurance. However, we have this built in walking traffic every day! Having this customer base that we never would have reached in the first place has grown our business so much!”

When asked what she loved most about being in Downtown Dallas, Alicia responded, “I love the neighborhood feel that I get Downtown. It feels very homey, you see the same faces and you get to know people.” She continued, “For me, business is personal and I care about what’s going on in your life and they in turn care about what’s going on in mine and I feel very connected to Downtown Dallas in that way”

This past August, Alicia decided to relaunch Charming to merge both the boutique and her wedding and event planning services. Charming now has a new custom website, online store, and a growing team!

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Charming is located at:

Bank of America Plaza

901 Main Street | Suite C126

Dallas, Texas 75202

Get to Know: Ascension Coffee

In today’s world, it is imperative that each and every person stays plugged in. That’s what we have iPhones for, right? We stay plugged in to keep connected with our friends, family, colleagues, future opportunities, current events, news, etc. Our technology is irresistible and it seems with each generation, as their tech-savvy skills increase, their social skills decrease.

That’s why Dallas is blessed to have an establishment like Ascension. By definition, ascension is the act of rising to an important position or a higher level and that is exactly what you see happening in the eatery.


Let’s get the history. Ascension started over a cup of crappy coffee.

Russell Hayward (from Tom Tom Noodle House and Nikita) and Jonn Baudoin (from Driftwood and Sugar Skull) were meeting to discuss upcoming restaurant developments. They met at a local Dallas coffee shop similar to that of a Starbucks.

After waiting separately in line for their cappuccinos, they both realized coffee shops in the area all had one thing in common – a horrible model resulting in terrible service.

After waiting in line, Hayward’s drink never came out and when he went to the front to check on his order, he realized his cappuccino had been sitting there and was now cold. When having to repay for his beverage, he was so livid that he decided to open his own cafe. Eighteen months later, Ascension was born.

Hayward believed the Dallas market was ready and in desperate need for a new, innovative approach to a coffee shop. With nearly two years of planning and traveling around the globe evaluating coffee shops and learning coffee agriculture in Africa led to the opening of Ascension Coffee in the Design District in 2012.  

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Now almost 5 years later, Ascension has drastically expanded. With locations in the Design District, the Crescent, and Thanksgiving Tower, Ascension is loved all over Dallas and soon in cities surrounding the DFW metroplex!

In addition to new locations, Hayward has Ascension Coffee Roastery, Dallas’ first coffee training and cupping lab. The founder is a Licensed Coffee Q Grader, Director of the Cyimbili Coffee Plantation Rwanda, founder of Restore the Bean, and owner of the new coffee shop concept 84 Point Coffee.

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Hayward also has a passion for international development. Ascension invests in humanitarian projects in the coffee-producing regions, with an emphasis on countries recovering from crisis. The company is dedicated to helping their farmers’ communities through multi layered programs covering many areas, including access to clean water, medical support, dental training, youth education, and entrepreneurial development.

After further conversation, both men concluded that community is their main priority for Ascension. When you walk into Ascension, people aren’t playing on their phones or checking up on their Instagram. They are connected by the cup. They are plugged into real life conversation rather than technology. Ascension is the place to go when you need to unwind and retract from outside world distractions.

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Ascension works to make people happy every day and is committed to bettering the communities they work within. The company makes sure their staff is on point so that everyone’s best experience is getting their cup of morning Joe.

“Their best experience should be their daily experience routine.”

Aside from the incredible environment, the food and drinks served at Ascension are a whole other story. You have a 4-star restaurant at a 2-star price. Hayward has developed a menu with simple ingredients and innovative flavors. He develops new items in tandem with Lily Mondale to create the most delicious dishes. Everything in house is made from scratch and baked daily. No preservatives or frozen breakfast sandwiches available.

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When you walk in, the aroma of fresh herbs, spices, and exotic coffee beans will leave your mouth watering. The avocado toast, bacon egg roll, and fresh baked Pane Aria are some local favorites. The owners hire a number of chefs to create a rotating menu and everything is made from scratch, down to the jellies and jams.


Hayward, known as a coffee scientist, explained that his overall goal is to have unique flavor with unleveled quality, and that is just what you will get!

Fill your life with flavor and stop by Ascension for an unsurpassed experience. Whether it be the ricotta hotcakes in the morning, the chipotle chicken penne for lunch, or a slice of warm cinnamon chocolate cake paired with a glass of fine wine, Ascension has something for everyone.

For a chance to win a $100 gift card to Ascension, click here: Ascension’s Downtown Dallas Giveaway and make sure you follow us (@downtown_dallas) and Ascension (@ascensioncoffee) on Instagram! For more information on Ascension, visit

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The Downtown Dallas Ascension location is located at:

1601 Elm Street, #120

Dallas, TX 75202

Get to Know: Downtown Pawz

We all know that Dallasites love to get pampered, but we can’t forget about our dogs! Downtown Pawz is situated in the heart of Downtown to give our pups the treatment of a lifetime!

Five and a half years ago, Adrian Bustos and his brother Jonathan Bustos opened up shop on Main Street to provide some TLC for Downtown dogs and owners. Their services include anything from grooming to dog walking. Downtown Pawz also sells food, treats, toys, and pet clothing! They even have free delivery service for Downtown Dallas residents!

“My favorite thing about being Downtown is the people and being able to deal with new faces everyday. It’s awesome meeting different people,” explained Adrian

Adrian and Jonathan would not trade being located in Downtown Dallas for the world. With recently signing a 5-year contract, Downtown Pawz will be staying in the center of it all with their growing family.

When questioned about what makes Downtown Pawz different from other pets stores, Adrian explained their passion for the experience, loyalty, and family-oriented experience.

“What makes us special is that we really focus on selling the experience. People come in, we know their name, we know their dogs, and we treat everybody the same. We still have customers that have been with us for five and a half years and that’s very special,” said Adrian. 

Adrian closed by saying, “We let our work reflect everything that we are aiming for!”

Next time your pup could use some TLC, be sure to stop by Downtown Pawz and experience their passion first hand.

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Downtown Pawz is located at:

1623 Main St., Suite 106

Dallas, TX 75201

Get to Know: City Tavern

Dallas is known for its flashy atmosphere, glamorous population, and rowdy bar scene. While everything is bigger and better in the Big D, we also like to crack a cold one at the original neighborhood hangout known as City Tavern.


While Dallasites flock to glitzy nightclubs and lush lounges for ear-piercing electro music and overpriced vodka sodas, City Tavern is the foundation, free of frills, where locals gather for a good time.


Dallas entrepreneur Josh Florence took over Downtown Dallas’ City Tavern in 2006 and has watched his communal pub grow over the past 11 years.

Florence explained that City Tavern is an all encompassing space, which is of utmost importance to him.

“I genuinely and sincerely love people and love bringing people together,” said Florence. “This is the most welcoming, open-arms bar I’ve ever seen or been a part of. Gay, straight, ethnicity, it doesn’t matter… race, color, creed, political preference, or college football team doesn’t matter. As long as you love the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers, I think we’ll be good.”


Florence landed his first job in the hospitality business at Hula Hut in Austin and explained he was hooked on the business ever since.

“I like being in a business where the overall goal is to make people feel good,” said Florence. “Whether that be through food, or through music, or through service, I like that people choose to come where I work when they get off of work.

While City Tavern is beloved by the Dallas community, the bartenders and staff add to the welcoming aesthetic.

When questioning if the Tavern should open on Christmas and Thanksgiving, his staff volunteered to work holidays and it hit a special place in Florence’s heart. He explained that City Tavern is the place where Dallasites gather to celebrate with their family, whether they’re blood-related or not.

“This is where they meet up and it’s a special deal,” said Florence.

Not only does City Tavern have a unique charm that attracts locals and visitors, the neighborhood hot spot serves as one of the prime places to enjoy live music. Before Dallas earned a marker on the music map, City Tavern was a magnet for guests who wanted to come rock out.

“The music scene speaks to me,” said Florence.


Florence, who appeared on the MTV reality show Road Rules respects and takes pride in local talent. After buying City Tavern and booking weekly live shows featuring local musicians, Florence took ownership in Club Dada in Deep Ellum, Off the Record, Independent Bar & Kitchen, the Homegrown Music & Arts Festival, and the Old 97’s County Fair.

“All are very different but the common thread is the music, the live music” he said.

Club Dada features touring Indie shows, Off the Record sells vinyl records, Independent Bar & Kitchen showcases local jazz artists, and City Tavern gives status to the rock n’ roll bands in the city.

Florence’s favorite memory at City Tavern burns vividly in his memory. About five years ago, the Tavern was packed, rocking out to King Tuff and Natural Child, when the roof caught fire during the show. After over an hour of putting the flames to rest, the audience stayed enjoying their beers on Main Street, and doubled in size after the fire truck was long gone.

In a world where bars come and go, the success of the quaint bar known as City Tavern could rely on a number of things… Is it the positivity and energy owner Josh Florence brings to the table? Is it the staff that values each other as family? Or is it the original D-Town vibes the Tavern holds that draws eclectic crowds in a warm atmosphere? There’s no right answer, but we know where we’ll be at happy hour!

For a chance to win a $100 gift card to City Tavern, click here: City Tavern’s Downtown Giveaway and make sure you follow us (@downtown_dallas) and City Tavern (@citytaverndfw) on Instagram! For more information on City Tavern, visit

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City Tavern is located at:

1402 Main St

Dallas, TX 75202

Get to Know: Zåtar



Taking roots in the re-energized historic Deep Ellum area, Zåtar draws a fine line between simple and luxurious.


The beautiful eatery features a large, covered outdoor terrace and a chic indoor environment. Rustic decor, glittering chandeliers, and cozy booths add to the lively music and festive ambience of the Lebanese eatery.
Eating in Lebanon is tied to gatherings, and Zåtar is armed with a passion to bring the essence of that vibrant culture to Dallas. The word zåtar is a staple of traditional Lebanese cuisine and culture. It refers to both the Levantine oregano plant and the spice blend where the plant takes center stage. At Dallas’ Zåtar, the warm vibes, positive atmosphere, and exquisite menu bring that Lebanese vibrancy.

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Let’s start with the exquisite brunch. As you walk in, the service is divine as you are seated and greeted by the staff. A basket of warm croissants is placed in the center. The chocolate croissant is to die for as you break it open and warm cocoa oozes out of the flaky crust.
After you enjoy a warm croissant, you discover the twist Zåtar brings to Dallas’ typical boozy brunch. Ladies, try the frosé. It’s frosty, pink, and fun to drink! They also infuse their mimosas with rose water that gives off a fresh, beautiful scent.

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When getting to the main course, you can go with the breakfast tacos or venture to the ‘Mother of all pies.’ The pie features minced meat, a cheese stuffed crust, and is topped with two eggs baked to perfection. It is SO good and shareable. As a side, the fried Brussels sprouts mixed with grapes, walnuts, and balsamic are a must!

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If you’re going for dinner, indulge in Siyadiyeh, a traditional Lebanese dish consisting of roasted mahi-mahi with caramelized rice and onions paired with La Vie-En-Rose (Hendricks gin, Dolin Blanc, rose water spritz). End your dinner with a splurge. The Kenefeh at Zåtar will bring zen to your tastebuds. The Kenefeh is a warm cheesecake with semolina crust, served with orange blossom syrup. Um… Yum!  

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If you are up to trying new things and expanding your palette, Downtown Dallas’ Zåtar is the place to be!

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For a chance to win a $100 gift card to Zåtar, click here: Zåtar’s Downtown Giveaway and make sure you follow us (@downtown_dallas) and Zåtar (@zatardallas) on Instagram! For more information on Zåtar, visit

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Zåtar Dallas is located at:

2825 Commerce St

Dallas, TX 75226