A handful of industry veterans are bringing a new Mexican-themed bar to Lindale Park this spring.
The Monkey’s Tail will debut in a 3,000 square foot space at 5802 Fulton Street, which was previously occupied by Ike’s Place and Friendly’s before that. Leslie Slade of Letterset is responsible for the interior design, which includes furniture and fixtures sourced from Mexico. Drinkers will find midcentury-inspired interiors with lounge seating and an extensive dog-friendly front patio which will be separated from the inside by retractable garage doors.
Partners in the bar Sharif Al-Amin (Helen Greek Food & Wine), Greg Perez, (Calle Onze, Edison & Patton), and Jessie Gonzales tapped Steven Ripley (Jonathan’s the Rub, Helen Greek, D&T’s Drive Inn) to create a menu of New York-style pizzas, elotes, and wings with a variety of Mexican dry rubs and sauces. For beverages, patrons will find 20 drinks on tap including 15 draft beers, an ale, and four signature cocktails dreamt up by Perez including the “3 Milks” with rum, tres leches, pineapple, strawberry, cherry, and nutmeg, “Mama Coco” with sugarcane-based spirit charanda, coconut, passionfruit, cilantro, and poppy seeds, and “Sabe Con Madre” with vodka, chamomile, sage, St. Germaine, lemon, and lychee.
As far as how the bar got its name, a “monkey’s tail” is a railroad term for the handle that moves the train tracks, and the bar is situated near a train station that employed many Lindale Park residents, according to a press release. Also, the monkey in Mayan and Aztec cultures was associated with art, games, and fun.
Monkey’s Tail will officially debut in late April or May and will operates Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.