Dallas ‘Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill becomes Amplified after years of legal turmoil

Almost eight years after its initial opening, Dallas ‘famed Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill is ready for a new look.

The restaurant and concert hall changes name with a whole new look and a new name – Amplified. Located at 10261, boulevard de la Technologie. in Dallas, Amplified will officially launch in conjunction with a live concert by indie rock band Manchester Orchestra on October 5, the venue said in a statement.

Amplified will have a revamped interior and exterior, an updated sound system, massive LED TV walls, and a new menu that includes old Gas Monkey favorites as well as new items like Chicken Marsala and Shrimp, Chicken and the smothered sausage.

“We’re excited to unveil Amplified and show D-FW what we’re working on,” said Alex Mendonsa, Managing Partner, in a statement. “After a lot of hard work, we redesigned this space inside and out, focusing our attention on sound quality, guest comfort and our menu.”

In 2014, the Gas Monkey Bar N ‘Grill was named one of Dallas’ top concert halls. Founded by Fast N ‘Loud star Richard Rawlings, the venue has become the center of legal battles between Rawlings and the venue’s managing partner as of 2018.

Rawlings was one of the founders and the face of Gas Monkey Live, but Mendonsa, who previously ran House of Blues Las Vegas, led operations.

The $ 6 million lawsuit against Rawlings alleged that he defamed his business partners who operated the site and made “deliberate and deceptive attempts” to break out of his license agreement of the Gas Monkey name to the site operators. Rawlings denied the allegations and sued for $ 1 million in 2019, claiming the restaurant has been using the Gas Monkey name illegally since he terminated the contract almost a year earlier.

According to the lawsuits, disagreements over the management of the site go back to its construction.

Gas Monkey Live, the separate part of the music room at Gas Monkey Bar N ‘Grill, temporarily closed due to COVID-19 in March 2020. It then closed permanently, merging the live music business with the Gas Monkey Bar N ‘Grill, according to CultureMap. An employee told CultureMap at the time that the venue’s closure had less to do with the pandemic and “more with the owners’ issues.”

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