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Toller Patio is Now Open on Ross Avenue, Just East of Downtown

This new bar is hot.

The predicted high for the day is 102 degrees Fahrenheit. For all you Canadians, that’s 38.8889 degrees Celsius. According to the weather app on my phone, it’s currently 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Dallas. So, 32.2222 Celsius. Eh.

Honestly, any temp higher than 75 degrees Fahrenheit is too hot for me to sit on a patio, unless it’s one of those enclosed patios with a built-in AC unit. (What? I’m 72 percent Irish, 28 percent German, and was born in Detroit. Fight me.)

What even is the point of this weather update? I’m getting there.

A new bar opened on Ross Avenue last week. It’s called Toller Patio and it’s from the team behind HIDE. I’ve driven past the space on my way to work and it looks cool. Just not physically. There are a bunch of colorful picnic tables on gravel. There are string lights. The bar itself looks to be in a shipping container. According to some photos I looked at on Yelp, there are Big Ass Fans. But it still looks hot.

I had a happy hour last night with another writer who works for another publication and covers a beat completely unrelated to food and drink. She asked me to choose a hot new place. So. Much. Pressure. I wanted to choose this place. But it looked too hot. I won’t tell you where we ended up because it was as mediocre as a ham and cheese sandwich.

So, yeah. I haven’t been to Toller Patio yet. So I can’t share my opinion on it. Which is probably why you’re here. I’m sorry. Blame the weather. Blame my lineage. Blame my overactive sweat glands.

What I can share with you, however, are some facts from a press release:

  • Toller Patio is 15,000 square feet
  • It’s dog-friendly
  • There are 17 flat-screen TVs
  • The cocktail menu was created by Scott Jenkins, who is the director of beverages at HIDE in Deep Ellum
  • Food items include nachos, wings, sandwiches, salads, and hummus
  • Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

I’ll report back once I’ve checked this place out. In the meantime, if you’ve gone, feel free to send me your opinions you brave, heat-tolerating imbibers.

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