Homecoming's arguably about more than creating the greatest papier-mâché Hello Kitty float of all time, which is why tomorrow, Oak Cliff restaurateur Matt Spillers (Eno's, Oddfellows) is soft-opening Union Bear in his old Uptown stomping grounds. The former Social House basement features a huge L-shaped bar split by the staircase, and rooms including a subway station/diner hybrid, a wood-fenced "backyard" complete with shingled rooftop, and a sauna-like private room where you'll struggle to keep your eyes at chest level as Viggo Mortensen naked-fights Russian dudes. What they're serving:
Sammies: Esmeralda's baked goods sandwich everything from a flatbread with maple-cured pork belly, Bosque bleu cheese, asparagus, TX honey & black pepper, to the tarragon & house tartar Texas Shrimp Po' Boy, though compensating for shrimpiness actually made Ross Perot pretty rich.
Despite its basement location, Union Bear is a well lit and inviting space complete with multiple rooms, 40 craft taps, and delicious food options including numerous specialty pizzas and sammiches.