The Dogpatch Saloon. Yelp photo by Matt J.
I had a chance to connect with Jeff Lyon, one of the partners (along with Phil West, both of Range) behind the ~THIRD RAIL~ bar that’s opening in the former Retox. Here’s a little update on the project since we last reported on it: He says, “We plan to create a cozy, slightly upscale neighborhood bar with a creative yet approachable cocktail program. We want people to feel comfortable ordering a gin and tonic or a beer, yet know that if they want a great craft cocktail, we can deliver.” He said service is going to be a big emphasis, and there will also be some bar snacks. Paxton Gate is behind the new design, and they hope to start the buildout by March 1st and finish by June 1st. But they also know how construction goes, so we’ll just have to wait and see. As for continuing to use the basement as a live music venue, it may become an event space in time, but for now it will be used for storage until it’s brought up to code.
Oh, and about the name: it comes from a popular cocktail Lyons created at Range and was just a working title that eventually grew into being the perfect name for the location (Dogpatch used to be a huge off-loading area for freight trains, and now it has the light rail running down 3rd St.). 628 20th St. at 3rd St.
Just a couple of blocks away, it looks like the ~DOGPATCH SALOON~ has officially closed as of yesterday. According to a post on its website, the new bar (under new owners, who are from 83 Proof) should be opening in a couple of months, after a face-lift to the space. 2496 3rd St. at 22nd St.