Steve Scalice wants his neighbs to know that it's still him behind the The Fairview (and behind the bar) at the old Dean's Credit Clothing location — it's just being rebranded, revamped and he hopes, revived.
The (sorta) new spot now has a patio and will be introducing a menu next month to be developed by Fusion Taco, who will also be parked outside Friday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight.
Scalice says the name, "The Fairview," was actually the plan when he first opened in the location, but he stuck with Dean's to match the old downtown establishment. Now, he says he hopes to keep churning out the same great neighborhood product — which includes block parties with neighboring Boheme every first and third Sunday of the month with acoustic acts, poetry readings and art.
Other regular features are Texas-themed films from the Houston Film Commission every first Thursday of the month; Sunday movie nights with the locals on the projector screen; bring-your-own vinyl Thursdays and Southwest Alternative Media Project (SWAMP) forums for filmmakers the final Tuesday of every month.
And Scalice intends to keep some remnants of Dean's. The old ledgers are still in the bathrooms, for one. He'll also continue Dean's monthly art openings, and his famous frozen cosmo is there to stay.
More furniture has been added inside — including several TVs — which will broadcast NFL games and major college sports.
"The bar business is an evolution," Scalice says. "But the product — the drinks, the cool vibe and the good service are the same."