A new Lindale Park bar headed up by industry veterans will begin slinging tropical drinks and Mexican-inspired American eats tomorrow.
Monkey’s Tail is set to debut in a 3,000 square-foot space at 5802 Fulton Street formerly occupied by Ike’s Place in the 2000s and Friendly’s in the 1950s. Interior Designer Leslie Slade sourced light fixtures and furniture from Mexico, creating an aesthetic that touts “midcentury modern trends with whole-in-the-wall vintage vibes,” according to a press release. Inside, Patrons will find a lounge area and pool table, and there’s also a large dog-friendly front patio.
Founders Sharif Al-Amin (Helen Greek Food & Wine), Greg Perez (Calle Onze, Edison & Patton), and Jessie Gonzales brought Steven Ripley on board (Jonathan’s the Rub, Helen Greek, D&T’s Drive Inn) to create a food menu of burgers, hot dogs, wings rubbed with Mexican spices, elotes, and New York-style pizzas.
Perez’s Latin heritage emerges in the cocktail program he dreamt up, which features beverages like the 3 Milks with rum, tres leches, pineapple, strawberry, cherry, and nutmeg and the Mama Coco with charanda, coconut, passionfruit, cilantro, and poppy seeds. For draft lovers, 20 beers and a nitrogenated ale will be on tap, alongside more cocktails including cheekily named But Did You Die? with Xicaru mezcal, aguardiente antioqueño (a Colombian anise-flavored liqueur), rumfire, orgeat, lime, and angostura bitters and El Del Jarrito with Banhez mezcal, Altos Blanco tequila, tamarind, ginger, cloves, panela (whole sugar cane), and lime.
The bar gets its name from the nearby train station that employed many Lindale Park residents, according to a press release. A “monkey’s tail” is slang for the handle known to move the train tracks. Also, the monkey in Mayan and Aztec cultures was associated with art, games, and fun.
Monkey’s Tail will open on Wednesday, July 3,and it will operate daily 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Check out the full menu below.