Shipping Container Turns Into New Cedars Backyard Art Bar

Cedars Backyard Art Bar

Cedars Backyard Art Bar Grand Opening November 4

The Cedars Backyard will hold its grand opening Nov. 4. Located at 1326 South Lamar, Cedars Backyard is owned by Jeffrey Yarbrough and Chad Boyle.

The concept is a first of its kind in Dallas, using a giant shipping container as a bar. Guests can enjoy one of the 15 beers on tap. They will also have a variety of tap cocktails or traditional well cocktails, while enjoying a great view of the Dallas skyline. Cedars Backyard provides a kitschy trailer park vibe, more Air-stream than Winnebago.

“I love bringing new ideas to the Dallas consumer,” says Jeffrey Yarbrough. “Recycling a giant shipping container and making it a piece of art in the middle of downtown seemed like a natural fit for me.”

Joe Duncan’s Mod Pod Solutions manufactured the shipping container for The Cedars Backyard, locally. Duncan is also the owner of the top-notch Bakers Ribs BBQ and The Original Fried Pie Shop.

“We wanted to have an affordable place to hang out, drink beer, and socialize – all in a cool environment,” says Chad Boyle, co-owner of The Cedars Backyard.

Innovative restaurateur and marketing executive Jeffrey Yarbrough is still putting his unique stamp on Dallas. His newest business ventures are located in the area known as The Cedars. The Cedars Social is east of the Deep Ellum neighborhood where Yarbrough first found fame in the 1990’s with Concept Noveau. Four trendy nightclubs: Art Bar, Blind Lemon, Club Clearview and Red, flourished under one roof in the ‘90s.

In 1998, Yarbrough received national acclaim for opening the popular Liberty Noodle pan-Asian noodle house on Lower Greenville in 1998. Along with Chef Annie Wong, he even wrote the “Complete Idiot’s Guide to Asian Cooking.”cedars-social-schnitzel-with-red-cabbage

Last year Yarbrough purchased Cedars Social at 1326 South Lamar Street, next door to the Dallas Police Headquarters and across from Gilley’s. The new executive chef Justin Box has been revamping the menu at Cedars Social, which shares a lot with Cedars Backyard. His eclectic offerings now range from delicious Southern fried chicken with collard greens, sweet potato casserole and biscuit to German-style pork schnitzel with red cabbage, and tasty pumpkin taquitos.

cedars-social-craft-cocktailsThe Cedars Social bar specializes in craft cocktails, many of them with an old-fashioned look and taste. At a recent event, mixologist Mike Strudivant served these creative cocktails: Peat and Peaches, Green Eggs and Hami, and Ten Minutes ‘Til Midnight.

The Cedars Backyard’s grand opening is Friday, November 4, starting with a 5:30 p.m. beer toast. Live music will play until 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy “Day 1 $1 Drinks” all night to celebrate the new bar. Parking is free in the lot next door for guests heading to Cedars Social or Cedars Backyard.