A few months ago, we wrote about Irving Music Factory — which quickly changed its name to the Toyota Music Factory.
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory quickly established itself on the DFW concert scene — Dream Theater, Jewel and Mannheim Steamroller are all playing there in December, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Bravo’s Andy Cohen are appearing together Friday night.
But there’s also the “restaurants and bars” part of the complex. Twenty-five of ’em, several of which are already open.
One that isn’t open is really five that aren’t open, Big Beat Dallas, which despite having Dallas in its name and being based in Irving, has a big Fort Worth connection.
“Billy Bob Barnett, founder of Billy Bob’s Texas, joined with Seattle-based Restaurants Unlimited to create five restaurants and bars — and a farmers market — within the Music Factory development,” the Star-Telegram’s Matt Martinez wrote previously. “In a tonier district like the Music Factory, they don’t really qualify as ‘joints,’ like his most famous Tarrant County venture.
“Instead, Barnett has been behind the vision for Bar Manzanilla, a combination Mexican scratch kitchen and nightspot; Highway 61 South, which will offer burgers and barbecue; Texas Jam House and Marketplace, a 24-hour Southern kitchen; as well as Martini Ranch and C-Bar.”
All this means a lot of jobs at the 90,000-square-foot development, including restaurant managers, sous chefs, bartenders, baristas, pitmasters, pastry cooks, servers, sauciers and more. Nearly 500 in all.
The complex. scheduled to open in March, is currently taking online applications here. Applications for front and back of house will be considered after Jan. 1.
Career days and job fairs will be scheduled soon.
Each restaurant within Big Beat Dallas will have its own stage, with “genre-specific” artists performing daily. The complex will provide free admission to the Texas Lottery Open-Air Plaza until 9 p.m., with live entertainment 365 days a year (admission will be $10 after 9 p.m ). The complex has obtained n a special license allowing patrons to carry open-container beverages from one restaurant to another.
For more information, visit http://www.bigbeatdallas.com