Matt Tobin, East Dallas resident and owner of Vickery Park, hopes to open his latest concept, Goodfriend, later this summer.

Located next door to Good 2 Go Taco on Peavy, Goodfriend will bridge the gap between family-friendly restaurant and bar — it will even have high chairs. “My wife and I live in the area, and we kept saying that we wished there was a kid-friendly neighborhood place where we could have some food and drinks and not have to go to a Chili’s or Applebees,” says Tobin. So he’s opening one.

Goodfriend’s menu will have 10 signature burgers, each paired with a draft beer, plus a reuben and other artisan sandwiches. The atmosphere will take a tip from Tobin’s good friends — pun intended — at The Old Monk and feature wood paneling, old church pews made into banquettes and other pieces made from reclaimed wood.

Tobin hopes that Goodfriend and Chef Marc Cassel’s recently announced new restaurant nearby will start a chain reaction in the area. “I can’t name names, but I know of at least six to seven restaurateurs looking at the Casa Linda area right now,” says Tobin.

Our fingers are crossed.