Eddie “Lucky” Campbell to Open The Chesterfield in Late 2011

Ed Bailey in happy meal days. Photo by Elizabeth Lavin.

Ed Bailey can’t do anything simple. The restaurateur once owned 64 McDonalds. He spent bazillions of dollars on several locations  decorating the interiors with Ralph Lauren wall fabrics, gold-framed oil paintings, and Austrian crystal chandeliers. Today, he operates multiple locations of Bailey’s Prime Plus Steakhouses and Patrizio’s. And he’s backing local barman Eddie “Lucky” Campbell in The Chesterfield at 1404 Main St. in downtown Dallas.

You know, Chesterfield. Like the cigarettes. The cigabutts that make you look cool like Don Draper. Bailey and Campbell are going way retro with The Chesterfield. It’s “modeled after the barrooms of the early 1900’s considered the Golden Age of Cocktails.”

There is nothing subtle about The Chesterfield. Catch this: “Guests will order cocktails from an 11 chapter menu, modeled after the first American cocktail manuals, arranged by style of drink – sours, fizzes, smashes, juleps, etc. Mixed into these chapters, guests can also expect cocktails smoked-to-order, in addition to modern chapters with seasonal and house specialties called classics re-crafted. The Chesterfield’s bar will be one of the most technically engineered in Dallas. Each bar station will have a freezer, refrigerated drawer, access to illuminated ice blocks, bottled house-made mixers, and a chilled produce bar top display. They will also feature one of the most extensive ice programs in the south, including ice chipped from blocks, cubed, flaked, made from molds and flavored.”

I can dig the ice deal. I’m very picky about my ice. So look for the aptly named Lucky and his ice chipper soon. Oh, and small plates by Executive Chef Michael Ehlert imported from DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York. And yes, this location was once to be the collaborative effort of Lucky and local mixologist Michael (Cedars Social) Martensen. But it looks like Martensen was kicked to the curb. That’s just my take. Nobody’s talking.


  • matt

    hell yea. bring it on! maybe i will have my own southern bourbon and branch – or at least, the next best thing =)

  • MrsD

    Yes it sounds fun. But downtown? That kind of a drag. Guess it will be valet with pricey drinks.

  • Tales from the Darkside

    Martenson was forced to choose between his already established interests in Cedars Social and this soon to be Mess, Ed Bailey is clueless when it comes to anything outside of chasing women 40 years younger than him and happy meals, his steakhouses are an abomination and a complete joke amongst any one who has a clue and should have simply wrote the check and kept his uninformed opinions to himself, and let the talent perform, here’s an idea, Ed retire and leave the business to people who aren’t trying to prove themselves to be more than they are, there are plenty of scantily clad 20 year olds at the beach, you are a complete joke.

  • slade

    Yay, this is within walking distance from home. Glad it is downtown MrsD. There are people who live down here that WALK and don’t valet. I find Baileys very good, both the FtWorth as well as the Dallas location.

  • slade

    is there a firm date on this opening?

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  • d

    Get a life MrsD –

    You are probably a fat ass burned out leftover.

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  • d

    SORRY MRS D. – my previous message was meant for the “LOSER” “TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE”who has nothing better to do than tp spew crap that she knows nothing about. The real JOKE is this idiot.
    The world would be so——————– much better off withour these jealous malicious fools!

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