Plans for ‘tiny’ West Davis bar head to City Council

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The City Plan Commission last week approved a permit to allow a bar-only use on West Davis at Tyler.

The bar, Tiny Victories, is planned for a 1,000-square-foot space behind Set & Co., in the same shopping center as Spinster Records.

Landlord David Spence of Good Space and bar owner Brandon Hays are requesting a specific-use permit to allow a business that sells alcohol but not food, an exception in damp Oak Cliff. Most drinking establishments here are required to earn 51 percent of their revenues from food, or they must operate as a private club.

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The Tiny Victories space is so small that it would be difficult to put in a kitchen, but Hays says they’re planning to offer bar snacks and to allow takeout from nearby restaurants.

Three adjacent neighborhood associations, Kidd Springs Central, Kings Highway and Bishop Arts, support the proposal.

The Kidd Springs Neighborhood Association is opposed, as are some of the homeowners on adjacent Fouraker Street.

The planning commission voted 10-3 to send the proposal to City Council with some added restrictions. They voted in favor of a three-year permit with a five-year automatic renewal. Outdoor seating would be limited to the rear patio, a space measuring 33-by-11 feet. And outdoor speakers would have to be turned off at 10 p.m.

Commission member Mike Anglin, who represents Oak Cliff, said our neighborhood doesn’t have many bars, and this one would be upscale.

“No one wants Davis to become bar central,” Anglin said. “But today we really don’t have this kind of amenity. I think it’s safe, and I think it’s going to be a good amenity.”

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Bar owner Hays, whose partnership also holds The Whippersnapper, High Fives and several other Dallas bars, says that if approved, Tiny Victories could open this summer.

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