Thursday, May 23, 2024 May 23, 2024
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Many music-liking, Deep Ellum-frequenting FrontBurnervians may recall Kenny Brattain’s efforts to re-open Trees. Brattain knows what he’s doing, as he runs the successful Fat Daddy’s Sound Shack up in Lewisville. But his interaction with the city has him scratching his head. Kenny, being media savvy, cc’ed a dozen or so of us media types, presumably with the hopes that at least one of us would share it with the masses. Well I’m not going to fall for it, Kenny. His e-mail to a “David” at City Hall is after the jump.

Thank you David. However, can you help us locate the needed items? I am just wondering why this is so difficult to do. We have an existing Live Music Venue in Lewisville named Fat Daddy’s Sound Shack. The web site is On our website you can find out all about our business and how we operate. If you go to the about section you can watch a “Fox 4” News segment about us. That being said, we are getting a lot of inquiries about why it is taking so long to open the “TREES” building. We also have a lot of people nationally that are asking.

When we opened in Lewisville, it took about a week. I understand that there are new rules in place for the “Deep Ellum” area. However, none of that is addressed in this “SUP” application. It was our understanding that we needed to abide by certain rules regarding business activities. Now we have all of these hoops to jump through. All we want to do is open a Live Music Venue with our great reputation and help revitalize the “Deep Ellum” area. We even have an petition going to help re-open the building. We have well over 1,000 signatures. If you would like to take a look at it you can visit

Our plan is to open Fat Daddy’s Sound Shack in the Trees Building as a Live Music Venue. Shows are 18+ except for the occasional “All Ages” and 21+ shows. We are limiting our “All Ages” shows to a maximum of 10-12 per month. Along with our regular security, we are adding an off duty uniformed
Dallas Police Officer. We are also adding Video Cameras to cover outside and inside. The “All Ages” shows will end 10 – 10:30pm.

I was under the impression from the “Deep Ellum Association” that is all that we needed to do.

Since we have to do all of the following we will do it. Then submit the “SUP Rezoning” application. When I am asked by people and the press, what am I supposed to tell them as far as the date we might be able to open? I believe you had told Sarah it would be April/May is that correct? If so, why will it take so long, we are paying rent on the building and the utilities. Please help us.

Remember, we do want to follow the rules and be great “Deep Ellum” neighbors. We just had no idea that with the new “SUP” law we would have to do all of the following. It almost feels like we are building a new building, while all we are doing is reopening an existing building with the same use it had before.

I really wish I understood why we need all of the following information to re-open an existing building, no new construction and with the same use and zoning it had for over 15 years. For example why do we need to do a “Traffic Impact Worksheet”, “Traffic Impact Study” etc.

Are we going to be required to have ALL of these?
1) Proper signatures (Understand this one)
2) Letter(s) of authorization (Understand this one)
3) Land use statement
4) Draft Conditions
5) Zoning Location Maps (2)
6) Tax Plat Maps (2)
7) Correct lot & block or Metes & Bounds survey with drawing (2)
8) Copy of Deed (Understand this one, although we are leasing the building)
9) Tax and lien statements (Understand this one, although we are leasing the building)
10) Traffic Impact Worksheet
11) Traffic impact Study or Waiver
12) List of partners/principals/officers
13) Site Plans (10 folded a certain way)

Thank you for your time,

Kenny Brattain
Fat Daddy’s Sound Shack