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New Ownership Set For Two Dallas Bars

DALLAS -- Two Dallas bars will soon be under new ownership. Ray Stratton has taken over ownership of Tony's Place as of Sunday and will take over Sweeny's Pub later this month.

DALLAS -- Two Dallas bars will soon be under new ownership.

Ray Stratton has taken over ownership of Tony's Place as of Sunday and will take over Sweeny's Pub later this month.

Stratton owns North Dallas Bar & Grill in Dallas and Main Street Pub & Eatery in Monmouth.

Regular customers of the bars probably won't see many changes right away, especially at Tony's, Dallas' longest standing bar, but there are plans in the works.

"We are just trying to get our feet wet and see where we are at," Stratton said last week before officially taking over the establishments.

Stratton said his family had been considering purchasing Tony's when it was for sale in 2010, but former owner Thomas Kuhlman ended up buying the bar. A little more than a year ago, Kuhlman opened Sweeny's at 117 E. Ellendale Ave.

Stratton said Kuhlman told him he was planning to sell the bars in order to focus full time on his family's painting business, which recently started to pick up.

"He approached me knowing that it was something we were looking into to see if we were still interested," he said.

Stratton said Tony's will soon be adding a "lunch on the go menu" to provide another option for people looking for a quick bite in the downtown area.

Plans in the works for Sweeny's are more extensive. Stratton said he wants to refashion Sweeny's into a martini bar, to complement the changes that will eventually be made at North Dallas Bar & Grill, which is located just across the street.

"We kind of want to help bring some of the night life back into North Dallas," Stratton said, noting Sweeny's would offer a more low-key atmosphere. "It would be a quieter place to hang out."

Tony's Place regulars shouldn't fear such wholesale changes, though. Stratton said the bar will stay pretty much the same.

"Tony's has loyal customers and we want them to feel at home," Stratton said.

He said he is eager to begin operating the two establishments.

"We are excited for the new adventure," Stratton said.

Check 'Em Out

* Sweeny's Pub is located at 117 E. Ellendale Ave. It is open 9 a.m. to midnight seven days per week

* Tony's Place is located at 127 SW Court St. It is open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days per week.

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