The new area, known as the “Locker Room,” was a response to customer requests for a full bar and more seating. The bar operates on extended hours and is open until midnight Thursday through Saturday.
“We were always running out of seating, so we wanted to expand that,” said Managing Partner Kay Greenlee. “When we started juggling around ideas, we decided that it was time to go full bar, mainly because our customers were asking for it.”
The “Locker Room” is decorated in a manner true to its name, with a number of lockers ornamenting the entrance to the new section. The front of the “Locker Room” features a large garage door that can open up to South University Drive, where a number of stadium seats have been installed as part of the theme.
The walls of the “Locker Room” are covered with televisions in an attempt to attract more sports fans to the restaurant.
“We kind of want to be a place where faculty, staff, alumni and students can come to sit in a relaxing atmosphere, have a drink or two and watch some sports,” Greenlee said in a January interview with TCU 360.
The renovations to Dutch’s Hamburgers were originally scheduled to be completed in the spring, but complications with the city’s fire code delayed construction. The “Locker Room” officially opened for business July 21.
— Dutch’s Locker Room (@DutchLockerRoom) August 11, 2018
Students are pleased with the changes as well.
“I love it,” said senior finance major Connor Mortell. “I have rarely had an issue with Dutch’s being packed, so it’s not completely necessary. However, the extra space feels nice and the full bar just makes sense for Dutch’s.”
According to Greenlee, there could be more changes coming to the popular burger joint.
“We have plans after football season to expand the patio — it’s going to be more like a game center back there with Jenga and Cornhole and we’ll have tournaments,” Greenlee said. “We’re thinking of adding a karaoke night on Thursdays, but I want to make sure that’s something the kids are wanting.”