Trash Panda Drinking Club, Lindale Park’s newest drinking destination by the cheeky name, opens on July 30th at 4203 Edison Street.
Trash Panda is the second project of the newly founded hospitality group Night Moves, which was founded by longtime chef Lyle Bento and Greg Perez, former partners at Monkey’s Tail, also in Lindale Park. Night Moves opened its first bar in the tropical-inspired Space Cowboy in the newly renovated Heights House Hotel on 100 West Cavalcade Street in April. While Space Cowboy serves fruity drinks and Asian dishes inspired by Bento’s Hawaiian upbringing, Trash Panda serves Mediterranean dishes and cocktails with a decidedly irreverent atmosphere.
Trash Panda takes over the place that was previously occupied by Edison & Patton. The covered courtyard, roughly the same size as the redesigned interior, is dominated by a large mural depicting the bar’s mascot, an alcohol-addicted raccoon named General Rigby. The bar’s slogan: “Death is coming. Eat rubbish, be free, ”stands for his tongue-in-cheek ethos.
Guests can expect a range of upscale bar snacks reminiscent of Bento’s previous restaurant, Southern Goods. Dishes like jalapeno bacon and allspice cheese, French onion dip with chicken liver pate, elote and fried chicken. The bar’s signature cocktail is a baby pink chewing gum martini made from gin, bubblegum broth, hibiscus, lime and green chartreuse. There is also a selection of old-school cocktails with variations of the Pimm’s Cup, Grasshopper, and Midori Sour.
Night Moves has at least two other projects in the works that should open before the end of the year. The group has not yet announced details of these projects.
The Trash Panda Drinking Club is open Wednesday through Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., with the kitchen open until midnight.