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A Bar Where You Pick Up Ideas, Not Women

New Members-Only Hotspot is All About Entrepreneur Networking

BY // 09.06.17

Phil Romano is paving the way for the next generation of Dallas entrepreneurs. The restaurateur famous for founding Macaroni Grill and Fuddrucker’s also founded Trinity Groves as a restaurant incubator. Now, he’s taking a piece of the successful development and creating a home base for the city’s most avid networkers.

The Network Bar is slated to open in Trinity Groves this October as a high-tech, members-only bar, meeting space, and networking mecca.

“It’s going to be a very unique, different bar. Men don’t come in chasing women, women don’t come in chasing men,” Romano says. “Men and women come in chasing business deals.”

Imagine a new and improved LinkedIn with brick-and-mortar headquarters.  

To become a member of the exclusive club, you must be recommended by another member. Then you must pay an annual fee – $500 per year for 21 to 30-year-olds, and $1,000 per year for people over 30.

Members will have access to the Network Bar and the Network Bar App, which can tell you who is in the bar at any given time and their professional background.  When members arrive at the bar, they must use the smartphone app to gain entry.

“You can see who’s at the bar – you can see their information. What they do, where they work, where they went to school,” Romano says.

Despite its professional power, the Network Bar is designed to have a relaxed atmosphere.

The 7,000-square-foot space will include four private meeting rooms, a full bar with craft cocktails, a coffee bar, pool tables, and lounge areas. In addition to libations, the bar will serve light finger foods – and most importantly, a menu of brain-boosting snacks formulated by the Center for Brain Health in Dallas.

“It’s going to be a very unique, different bar. Men don’t come in chasing women, women don’t come in chasing men. Men and women come in chasing business deals.”

The bar will be decked out with furniture from Restoration Hardware and a large collection of artworks by photographer David Yarrow. Romano compares it to a modern country club.

With the abundance of professional networks in Dallas, Romano hopes that the Network Bar can become a central hub for business.

“What I’d like to do is be like the United Nations but instead of countries it’ll be networking groups,” he says.

The bar aims to solve the biggest dilemma in modern-day networking – choosing between traditional or high-tech methods.

You can participate in a traditional association model with annual conferences and monthly luncheons. Otherwise, you have to rely solely on technology platforms,” Romano says. “It’s time to change all that and that’s what the Network Bar is really all about.

“We’re bring together the best of old school and new school to create something truly next generation.”

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