Take a drive down Ross Avenue in Dallas today, and Toller Patio is no longer a splash of bright colors. The outdoor bar has a new look — muted blues, grays and rust — and a new name, Texas Tapyard.
Owner Nick Backlund — the main operator of the bar — has removed about 25% of the tables, making room for giant Jenga, outdoor ping-pong, cornhole and two bocce courts.
“We wanted to make it more of an active setting,” Backlund says.
Backlund has been involved in the bar since it opened in August 2019, but a partner left, and now Backund runs all of the operations. Backlund also owns Dallas bars Hide and Royal 38, and he says he wanted to “bring up the food and drinks.”
His new menu includes Bang Bang Shrimp; a Rodeo Burger with onion strings, bacon, cheddar and barbecue sauce; a pimento grilled cheese; and a gyro with lamb and beef. He expects baskets of wings, chicken tenders and shrimp — grilled or fried — to suit day drinkers.
A small brunch menu offers breakfast tacos; a breakfast sandwich; chicken and waffles; and a classic egg plate with bacon or sausage, hash browns and Texas toast.
The cocktail menu includes frosé, a marg, a paloma, rum punch and Summer Beer (which is Deep Ellum Brewing Co.’s Dallas Blonde ale plus lemonade). The Garden Gimlet seems outdoorsy: basil, lemon, lime and vodka.
Renovations to the bar have been underway since January. It’s common for a patio-heavy business to close in the colder months and reopen for prime time — sunny, springtime weather. The Porch and Truck Yard, both in Dallas, are two examples of bars that were recently remodeled.
Backlund closed Texas Tapyard for a week in February for renovations. He relaunched the new name and look on March 1, 2023.
He says he has liked the Ross Avenue area because it seems ripe for opportunity.
“There are thousands of people moving in, either from out of state or out of town — or wherever — into all of these apartments. Most are young: 20- and 30-somethings. They need an outdoor place to drink,” he says.
Texas Tapyard (formerly Toller Patio) is at 3675 Ross Ave., Dallas. Open seven days a week: 3 p.m. to midnight, Mondays through Thursdays; 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to midnight on Sundays. Brunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekends only. Texas Tapyard is kid- and dog-friendly.