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Monday, October 20, 2014
McKinney Avenue Contemporary and Kitchen Dog Theater begin transition to the Cedars next year
The buildings on South Ervay Street housed the Griffin Ford dealership until 1962. (Steve Brown)
Claude Albritton III – cofounder of the popular McKinney Avenue Contemporary gallery, performance and arts center –say he hopes to start transferring the operation to Dallas’ Cedars neighborhood next year.
Albritton is buying a one-time Ford automotive dealership at 1601 Ervay St. just south of downtown Dallas. The almost 2-acre complex of buildings and land is the largest of several big real estate transactionshappening in the neighborhood along Ervay and Akard streets.
Twenty years after opening the McKinney Avenue Contemporary between Oak Grove and McKinney avenues in Uptown, Albritton said the time is right to move to the Cedars.
“We get lost sometime in the hustle and bustle of Uptown,” Albritton said. “That whole area has been transformed in an unbelievable fashion and we were there to watch.”
Albritton said that the current MAC buildings – which are located next to the McKinney Avenue Trolley barn – will be “repurposed” after the move.
The MAC opened in Uptown in 1994. (MAC)
He said he plans to start rehabbing the Cedars buildings after the first of the year.
“If we can get lucky kitchen dog could open its season in late September of next year,” Albritton said. “Getting the MAC in might take a little bit longer.”
Albritton said his plans have been well received by the Cedars neighborhood.
“It’s a big undertaking,” he said. “We are going to have some fun.
“One of the buildings is ideal for a restaurant and bar.”
Actually Albritton’s purchase includes one of the oldest saloons in town. The Pastime Tavern building at 1503 S. Ervay and an historic pharmacy building at Ervay and Sullivan streets.
One of the largest inside spaces at the old Ford dealership on South Ervay. (Steve Brown)