Years before Eddie “Lucky” Campbell became one of the go-to bartenders in Dallas, he was a server at Kent Rathbun’s restaurant Jasper’s at the Shops at Legacy in Plano. “It was my first fancy restaurant job,” Campbell says, “of which I was grossly unqualified.”
Campbell went on to work at many restaurants and bars in Dallas, including the beloved Bolsa restaurant in Oak Cliff. He operates three bars in Dallas right now (Parliament, Clover Club and Standard Pour) and is slated to open his fourth, in Plano, just four doors down from his long-ago job at Jasper’s.
A second Standard Pour in Dallas-Fort Worth is expected to open in summer 2020 at the Shops at Legacy, Campbell says. Escape Hatch Dallas had the news first.
The bar moves in to the space where Taco Diner operated for 15 years, selling its popular Mambo Taxi frozen cocktails and taco plates. Taco Diner closed on Dec. 30, 2019, confirms Heather Mashburn, director of sales and marketing for the M Crowd Restaurant Group.
With the opening of Standard Pour in Plano, Campbell confirms that the original Standard Pour on McKinney Avenue in Uptown Dallas will remain open. Campbell and a business partner took over operations there on Jan. 1, 2018. In Campbell’s classic full-circle way, he bartended at the original Standard Pour in the years before he became an owner of the business.
Plano’s Standard Pour will have the same food and drink menus as the one in Dallas and will carry a similar design aesthetic, Campbell says: brick walls, dark lighting, tufted leather seating. It will also have a patio — which is one of the best places to sit at the Uptown original — but in Plano, the sightlines at the Shops at Legacy are decidedly more suburban.
Standard Pour’s most popular drink is its Moscow Mule, a mix of vodka, lime juice, ginger beer and mint. (It can also be ordered in a shockingly large copper mug, meant to be shared among a group.) But Standard Pour’s best asset is its deep offering of rare bourbons. They bar gets its share of Pappy Van Winkle, for instance, but it also has even pricier drinks like the Buffalo Trace O.F.C. 1985 and The Macallan “M.” Both sell for $500 per pour.
Standard Pour has a full brunch and dinner menu with dishes like burgers and charcuterie boards. But order the chicken strips, Campbell says: “They are huge, juicy chicken strips, perfectly battered. … They’re not your normal bar-food chicken strips.”
The new Standard Pour, expected to open summer 2020, will be at 7201 Bishop Road, Plano. The original Standard Pour is at 2900 McKinney Ave., Dallas.
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