From a media release sent to IPR by Libertarian activist John Jay Myers:
Dallas Texas, for immediate release:
Something must be up in Deep Ellum because just as Drowning Pool bassist Steve Benton leases the Boiler Room location, former Deep Ellum musician John Jay Myers will be reopening Sol’s Taco Lounge as “The Free Man”.
Some may know Myers from Dallas rock outfits such as Huge Peter (check with your parents or Zac Crain), Crash Vinyl (featuring members of Death Ray Davies), Happiness Factor (with Salim Nourallah), and even brief stints with Max Cady, and The Backsliders.
Others are going to know John Jay as the anti-war Libertarian candidate that ran against Pete Sessions and the outspoken activist against the Dallas city-owned hotel. But Myers is putting politics aside to focus on getting this venue on its feet.
“Our primary goal of “The Free Man” is to serve delicious Cajun food” says Myers, he has enlisted former Pittsburgh Steelers player-turned-chef Ricky Sutton to get the recipes just right.
“Think of it as a twist on Stubbs,” says Myers, “Cajun food with an alt/rock venue in the evenings.” The bar is located next to the truly unique Adair’s Saloon which is the side-by-side sister building to Myers’ new venue.
“I will be putting in a stage,” says Myers, “and during the evening we will have dinner shows, like jazz trios and piano players, but after 10:00 it will turn into a showcase venue for small alternative acts that attract from 80 to 150 people, it will be a treat for those who like their music up close and personal.”
The name comes from the fact that Deep Ellum was built by “Freed Men”, combined with Myers’ libertarian leanings and the idea that he was finally able to buy his first bar, so “the name just fit.”
The recipes and the August bookings are still “cooking”, but you can get a brief look at a possible menu and other info at www.freemandallas.com.
The grand opening will by Friday, August 5th, with special guest The Backsliders.
For more information, contact John Jay Myers or call 469-939-7141. “The Free Man Cajun restaurant and Lounge” in Deep Ellum, 2626 Commerce Street, Dallas TX 75226. Or see the website at www.FreeManDallas.com .