The Traveling Man

The Traveling Man

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

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Dallas blues singer and guitarist “Blind” Lemon Jefferson

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.

In the 1920’s, Deep Ellum emerged as one of the most significant areas for jazz and blues musicians in the country. Artists like  Blind Lemon Jefferson, Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter, Texas Bill Day, Lonnie Johnson, Little Hat Jones, Emma Wright, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Benny Moten performed here regularly. By 1950, the relatively small neighborhood housed 20 different nightclubs and cafes.

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.

Restaurants

Murray Street Coffee Shop offers a variety of coffee based beverages, baked goods and sandwiches. Locals enjoy sipping a latte in the cozy loft area and hanging out in the dog-friendly patio space.
103 Murray St Dallas, TX 75226

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.
2615 Commerce St Dallas, TX 75295

At Pepe’s & Mito’s Mexican Café, sample standard Tex-Mex favorites like fajitas, tacos and enchiladas. Patrons often go for the Tacos Nortenos and Tacos al Pastor.
2911 Elm St Dallas, TX 75226

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

Enjoy original craft beers on the patio of Deep Ellum Brewing Company. Catch a tour of the brewery on Thursday night or Saturday afternoon.
2823 St Louis St, Dallas, TX 75226

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.
2548 Elm St Dallas, TX 75226

Popular music venue, DaDa is located in the Heart of Deep Ellum. Great bar, live music, and a fantastic outdoor patio.
2720 Elm St Dallas, TX 75226

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

Art Galleries

500X is Texas’ oldest, artist-run, cooperative gallery. Since 1978, the gallery has provided free space for artists to show their work in a professional venue. You can view work by both up-and-coming and established artists in the space, once a circa 1916 tire factory.
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

Kirk Hopper Fine Art was founded in 2011 with a focus on Texas artists. The gallery features a wide range of styles and mediums and frequently collaborates with educational institutions.
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

Shopping

Check out the array of ink stamps and seals at Acme Rubber Stamp Company. For something truly one-of-a-kind, purchase a custom stamp, with your choice of text or image.
3102 Commerce St Dallas, TX 75226
Paper Arts offers a huge selection of beautiful paper for the artist in all of us. The shop’s knowledgeable owner will happily answer your questions about her stock so that you come away with the perfect paper for your next project or gift.
118 N Peak Dallas, TX 75226