Undermain is located in Dallas’ historic Deep Ellum, home to a vibrant music scene, buzzing night life, art galleries, and countless works of public art.
Deep Ellum’s past is as vibrant as its present, with a history of commercial development dating back to the 1800’s. By the 1920’s, the neighborhood had become an incubator for jazz and blues musicians. We are proud to call Deep Ellum home and to contribute to our thriving arts and entertainment community.
A History of Deep Ellum
Deep Ellum began growth as a commercial and residential neighborhood in the 1800’s. Entrepreneurs took advantage of Deep Ellum’s proximity to the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, creating what is now Dallas’ largest collection of early 20th century commercial storefronts. These buildings include 3200 Main, which you can read about here, and the Continental Gin Company, now a studio and gallery space for over two dozen artists. In 1914, Henry Ford built one of his first automobile plants in Deep Ellum and in 1916, William Sydney Pittman, son-in-law of Booker T. Washington and the first black architect to work in Texas, created the Grand Temple of the Knights building. That building, located at 2551 Elm Street and now known as the Union Bankers Trust Building, became a cultural center for Dallas’ African American community until the 1930’s and contained the offices of many of the city’s first black doctors, dentists and lawyers.
After World War II, Deep Ellum began to experience a decline. The increased availability of automobiles brought the removal of railroad tracks and incited many residents to move out the suburbs. In recent years, however, the neighborhood has experienced a revival. Deep Ellum is brimming with locally owned businesses, music venues, and art galleries. The Annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival, now in its 19th year, is more popular than ever. The nearby light rail station, constructed in 2009, now brings visitors in for the semi-annual Deep Ellum Art Walk and the monthly Deep Ellum Outdoor Market. The towering Traveling Man statues, built in conjunction with the DART rail station in 2009, complements the ever-evolving Deep Ellum Murals Project.
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AllGood Café is an Undermain favorite. The café serves up All American food with a Tex-Mex twist and often features live music in the evenings. Don’t forget to top off your meal with a slice of rhubarb pie a la mode.
2934 Main St Dallas, TX 75226
Twisted Root Burger Co. is a must-try for the burger aficionado. For the adventurous eater, the restaurant offers a variety of game burgers including venison, ostrich and kangaroo. Wash it all down with an adult-only shake or homemade root beer.
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Baker’s Ribs serves up traditional Texas barbecue, including hearty portion of brisket and pulled pork. Don’t forget to grab a fried pie or two. The Original Fried Pie Shop, located inside the restaurant, offers fried pies filled with everything from cherries to brisket.
3033 Main St Dallas, TX 75226
Il Cane Rosso serves Naples style pizza that has been hailed by the Dallas Morning News as the best in Dallas. Specialties include Margherita pizza, Prosciutto e rucola pizza and their unconventional s’mores calzone for dessert.
2612 Commerce St Dallas, TX 75226
Bars and Night Life
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Sons of Hermann Hall has been a Deep Ellum institution since 1911. The dance hall is known for its swing dance nights acoustic open mikes, but Sons of Hermann also hosts established local bands.
3414 Elm St Dallas, TX 75226
The Prophet Bar was instrumental in resurrecting Deep Ellum as Dallas’ art and music scene in the early 1980’s. The bar continues to host unique bands as part of the vibrant night life of Deep Ellum.
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At Double Wide, you can enjoy the trailer park vibe while sipping drinks made with Yoohoo!, Tang, and Boone’s Farm.
3510 Commerce St Dallas, TX 75295
500 Exposition Ave Dallas, TX 75226.
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m., Weekdays by appointment
In Accord is not just a gallery—it’s also a shop featuring all sorts of hand made and fair trade goods, local art, clothing, home décor, and more. Plus, if all this art has gotten you inspired, you can take a class at In Accord to create you own.
2719 Main St. Dallas, TX, 75226
Thu: 1:00 am – 7:00 pm, Fri – Sat: 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Sun: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
3008 Commerce Street Dallas, Texas 75226
Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00 to 6:00 pm, and by appointment
Continental Gin Building provides studio space to over two dozen artists. The community hosts an bi-annual open house.
3309 Elm St. Dallas, Texas 75226
For more information call 214.213.2282
3102 Commerce St Dallas, TX 75226
118 N Peak Dallas, TX 75226