On this week's episode of "What's Eric Eating," Morgan Weber and Matt Tanner join CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss EZ's Liquor Lounge. Located next to sister concept Coltivare, the new bar will open in the coming weeks.
The conversation begins with Tanner explaining his decision to leave his role leading the bar program for Pappas Restaurants to partner with Weber and the Agricole Hospitality team on EZ's. Part of that decision stemmed from their friendship, but Tanner also acknowledges that he'd long aspired to own a bar.
From there, the discussion turns to the details of EZ's. Inspired by casual neighborhood bars, EZ's will be a retro-styled ode to the era when smoking indoors was not allowed but encouraged. Tanner describes the process of sourcing the vintage advertising, signage, and other artifacts that adorn the walls. Weber states that some people have described EZ's as a dive bar, but that's not a term he thinks is appropriate.
"We're not opening a dive bar. Maybe 30 years from now it will be considered that, but I do feel like that's one of those names that's earned over time," Weber says. Later, he adds, "we really wanted to open a place in the Heights that kind of reminded people who come in of the nostalgia of times past. That sent us down a rabbit hole that we have yet to recover from."
Listen to the full episode to get a preview on EZ's food and drinks. Weber also provides updates on Eight Row Flint's plans to open a second location in the East End and discusses the Marfa Spirits Co., his West Texas distillery project.
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