After owning multiple businesses and living a"previous life" in the songwriting industry, Dosey Doe owner Steve Said is proud, excited and relieved to announce the grand opening of his second location, the Dosey Doe Music Cafe.
Located just off FM 1488 and I-45 South, the cafe will serve as part overflow, part true second location.
"The big barn became successful beyond our wildest imagination," Said said. "What happened is I started running out a lot of local, regional artists because I was getting phone calls, bookings from big time, national names. I wanted to afford more opportunities to have local and regional artists and give them a place to play."
Said, his family and staff put a "tremendous" amount of blood, sweat and tears into the construction and design plans of the music cafe, even going to so far as to infuse the concert hall with some of the rich history of the county and the area.
Said bought the old Jacobs farm house down the road from the music cafe. The Jacobs lived and worked the land where the Jacobs Reserve and Carriage Hills neighborhoods now reside on FM 1488.
"We stripped all the wood from the house: doors, windows, the floor, and used it to help with the acoustics in the cafe," Said said.
The funky venue uses what Said calls "high tech, unseen" technology to provide better sound quality. For instance, the old barn doors hanging artfully from the ceiling are angled at 20 degrees in order for the sound coming from the stage to hit the audience at the ideal angle.
Said said the music cafe differs from the "big barn" in that it is a more casual, laid back atmosphere.
Chef Dan McEachern is still at the helm of the cafe's menu, creating unexpected options such as wild game hamburgers. Said said he was pleasantly surprised to discover he liked the boar burger.
The cover charge will also remain low at the cafe, where no tickets or reservations are necessary.
" It might be as low as $5 and hit $18 at the high end," Said said. "I want people to feel super relaxed. It's very kind of Texas and very kid-friendly."
The quality of musical acts will also remain top-notch, according to Said.
"I just wanted a place for the up-and-comers," Said said. "We're really blessed with talent in this area. I want to be attuned to the community and attached to Texas."
Said said they have planned a tentative grand opening for Sept. 15.