Dairy Bar may have flipped its last pancake but breakfast will soon be back at the longtime restaurant’s former storefront in Scott’s Addition.
The owners of the neighboring Tang & Biscuit shuffleboard bar are preparing to open a breakfast and lunch restaurant, Biscuits & Gravy, in the former Dairy Bar space at 1602 Roseneath Road.
Tang & Biscuit co-owners Dave Gallagher and David Fratkin were part of the group with Frank Boehling and Stanley Shield Partnership that bought The Dairy Bar’s building in March for $7 million, Gallagher confirmed.
Fratkin and Gallagher, who also own local payroll firm Dominion Payroll, opened Tang & Biscuit in 2018. As the new venture’s name would suggest, Biscuits & Gravy will be a breakfast-focused spot.
“It’s a hearty breakfast-based menu,” Gallagher said. “It’ll be simple, not high-end. It won’t be heavy-prep culinary. It’s really about comfort foods.”
Gallagher said the building’s proximity to Tang & Biscuit next door motivated the group to pursue purchasing it. He said they don’t yet have any other plans for the property beyond reviving the restaurant space.
“The current capital market and environment have put any long-term strategies on hold,” Gallagher said of the building’s future.
In the near term, Gallagher said they’re looking to have Biscuits & Gravy open in a few weeks.
“It doesn’t need a lot of work, it’s more cleanup and retooling the kitchen a bit,” he said. “We’re pretty much able to plug and play.”
The Dairy Bar quietly closed in late April after a run in Scott’s Addition that dated back decades. In the 1940s the building was a processing plant for Curles Neck Dairy, with the restaurant initially a cafeteria for the plant’s workers.
Though the plant shut down in the 1980s, the Dairy Bar restaurant continued on, with couple Bill and Patricia Webb running the show until early March 2020 when they sold the business to Corey Martin.
Reached around the time of The Dairy Bar’s closure, Martin declined to comment. He wasn’t available for comment last Friday.