Two charged with misdemeanor despite damage and thousands stolen

Barton.RickOn July 31, Hunky’s owner Rick Barton’s car was broken into and $2,000 cash in a bank bag was stolen from under his seat as he made a quick stop at Kroger on Cedar Springs Road.

Within hours, two men were caught and most of the money was recovered.

Barton said damage to his car was $1,600 and none of the $2,000 has been returned. The two men caught after breaking into the car are being charged with a misdemeanor. They were released and returned to Houston, where they are from.

—  David Taffet

BREAKING: Owner of Hunky’s robbed in Kroger parking lot


Hunky’s owner Rick Barton standing at his car after robbery (Joey Depriter/Dallas Voice)

Rick Barton, owner of Hunky’s went to the bank this morning (Friday, July 31), put the cash in a bank bag under the seat of his car and stopped at Kroger on Cedar Springs Road before returning to his restaurant.

When he returned to the car, his window was broken out and the money taken. At the time of the report, he was waiting for police to arrive to file a police report, according to Dallas Voice reporters Linda Depriter and Joey.

Barton said he must have been followed from his bank at Wycliff and Lemmon to Kroger.


When police arrived they looked at parking lot surveillance video taken by Kroger to see if cameras caught who broke into the car.

UPDATE: 12:44 p.m.


Two are arrested. Not clear whether this is connected to the earlier robbery in the Kroger parking lot across the street. (Stephen Mobley/Dallas Voice)

Dallas Voice reporter Stephen Mobley said two men are being detained by Dallas Police at the Valero gas station across the street from Kroger on Cedar Springs Road. He said seven police cars are at the station and two detectives are collecting evidence. He didn’t know whether the arrests are connected to Barton’s robbery earlier this morning.

—  David Taffet

Videos from the Round-Up’s past


Alan Pierce, left, and Gary Miller, center, have owned the Round-Up Saloon since 1998

The Round-Up Saloon is celebrating its 35th anniversary on July 11. In an article about the bar, I mentioned the Willy Nelson video filmed at the Round-Up. Here it is:

I also mentioned Lady Gaga appearing at the bar. Here’s a video of her original 2008 appearance that she credits with helping propel her career:

—  David Taffet

Daily Juice closes while Quesa readies to open

quesaDaily Juice, which opened last summer on Cedar Springs Road in the old Buli space, closed this week. The owners are revamping the format rather than abandoning the space. Two doors down, Quesa is set to open.

According to a sign in the Daily Juice window, the shop will reopen in early February as Winslow’s, “a new restaurant featuring wine, craft cocktails and eats.”

No word on how the space will get its liquor license so quickly. That process takes months or longer.

Quesa, a new Mexican restaurant on the corner of Reagan Street and Cedar Springs Road, is readying to open. That space, empty since Nuvo moved to Oak Lawn Avenue, has had zoning and parking problems to overcome before receiving its building permits.

Restaurants must provide twice as many parking spaces as retail stores and the space was zoned for offices rather than restaurant and retail. When Nuvo opened in the early 1980s, no one in the city cared what the zoning was on Cedar Springs Road, so stores were allowed to open despite the zoning.

—  David Taffet

Police still looking for leads in September murder of gay man on Cedar Springs


Joseph Chase

Dallas Police are still looking for information regarding the murder of a gay man beaten to death early in the morning of Sept. 25 at the corner of Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Street.

According to the DPD Blog, officers were flagged down at about 2:30 a.m. regarding a man, later identified as 54-year-old Joseph Chase who was lying unconscious on the sidewalk near the intersection, suffering from possible head trauma.

Dallas Fire Rescue took Chase to Parkland Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officials with the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office told police that Chase had suffered blunt force injuries to his neck area and ruled his death a homicide.

Investigators later found video footage of the attack on Chase taken by nearby surveillance cameras — you can see the video below. The footage was captured on a camera across the street from where the attack occurred. It is dark and the incident with Chase is seen from a distance and is partially obscured by a tree on the sidewalk. The footage, however, appears to show two unknown suspects involved in an altercation with Chase, and one of the suspects hitting Chase and knocking him to the ground.

Passersby who saw Chase on the ground flagged down police.

“At this time, no eyewitnesses to the assault/homicide have come forward,” according to the DPD Blog. “This offense is documented on Incident Report #230525-2014.”

Homicide Det. Derick Chaney is lead investigator on the case, and he asked for Dallas Voice’s help earlier this month in trying to find witnesses or anyone with information regarding the attack on Joseph Chase. We ran this post, which was viewed more than 700 times, at that time, but Chaney said this week that he has received no information at all on the case.

Chaney asks again that anyone with any information regarding the attack on Joseph Chase call him at 214-671-3650.

—  Tammye Nash

Flower Reign by Shane Walker opens

Shane Walker and Bill Fulmer opened Flower Reign by Shane Walker, their new flower and gift shop on Cedar Springs Road that was more than a year in the making.

The store is much more than flowers. Hats, jewelry, sunglasses, cards, candles and books are among the other gift items available in the store.

“Anyone can come here and find something — gift, accessories,” Walker said.

The couple plans plenty of parties and other events. As they explained, the cashier counter turns into a fabulous bar.

One wall is filled with art and every two months they plan to bring in a new artist and host a reception.

They hoped to open by Valentine’s Day, but zoning, asbestos, plumbing and electrical problems delayed construction. The corner space had never been zoned retail. No one at the city cared decades ago when Nuvo opened on what was still thought of as a derelict street. Seems the city cares now. Problems with the building resulted in all new electrical, plumbing, walls ceiling and fixtures.

There’s plenty to see. Walker loves hats and has a number of interesting one displayed, including one signed by Michael Jackson.

The result is a fabulously photogenic new addition to the Strip.

—  David Taffet

Open carry group will be on Cedar Springs looking for allies


LGBT liaison police Laura Martin

LGBT police liaison Laura Martin called to give the community a heads up about a group planning to be out on Cedar Springs Road on Sunday afternoon looking for allies.

The folks supporting the right to carry guns in public openly plan to gather at Walgreens at about 2 p.m. and walk the streets in the neighborhood for an hour or two. Martin assures they will be there only to hand out literature, talk to people and educate.

She said 15 to 30 people usually participate in these events, but there may be fewer because they have several planned rallies this weekend. Many carry long guns openly, which is already legal.

She also wanted everyone to understand the group is there to enlist support for their cause. They are looking for allies in the community and assured us there’s nothing hostile intended. Two plain clothes officers will be with them.

They’ve been doing this in other areas of the city including Downtown and Bishop Arts.

—  David Taffet

Gifted opens on Cedar Springs Road


Gifted3David Richardson and Todd Seaton, who have been behind more stores on Cedar Springs Road over the years than anyone else, have opened a new gift store called Gifted.

“We’ve been thinking of it for awhile,” Seaton said. “The street no longer has a gift store, and we decided to fill that void.

Richardson called it moderately priced with a contemporary look — somewhere between the old Off the Street and An Occasional Piece. The new store even sits in Off the Street’s last location.

“New and innovative gift ideas,” Richardson said.

The store features jewelry, decorative glassware, cards, chocolate and more. Much of the jewelry is for women.

The store just opened this week in time for Christmas, but Richardson doesn’t believe he missed much of the Christmas market.

“Our customers shop in big box stores for family early in the shopping season and then come to us the last week to shop for each other,” Richardson said.

He said he’s planning to add artwork from local artists and potted orchids among the gifts. New items are arriving daily.


—  David Taffet

Buli is closing

Buli1Rob Auman and Robert Clawson have announced that Buli will close on Sept. 27. They bought the Cedar Springs cafe from Scott Whittall in Nov. 2011.

Although they had a year left on the lease, their landlord negotiated an early closing to make way for a new retailer. That tenant, who has not yet been announced, was looking at part of the Nuvo space. Instead of dividing that space, the new tenant will move into the Buli location later this fall.

Buli employees were already notified about the closing. Auman said he works full-time as regional VP for a hotel company and Clausen plans to return to school.

Aumen said having the cafe was a lot of fun and thanked everyone who patronized Buli for the past two years.

—  David Taffet

Now that The Bronx has been razed, site to remain vacant for 6 months

The Warwick Melrose Hotel cleared land along Cedar Springs for an upcoming addition to the hotel. The old building was demolished last week and the land cleared by this Wednesday.

In 2011, the hotel purchased the property that was the home of the restaurant The Bronx since 1975 for a planned expansion.

Hotel General Manager Larry McAfee said construction probably won’t begin until June or July. Before then, the hotel has some zoning issues to take care of and will be submitting plans to the Oak Lawn Committee.

He expects approval to come before the City Council in March.

Current plans are to build a pool, spa and ballroom. McAfee said the new building will probably be only two stories. The hotel will also probably add about 100 parking spaces.

The building that was demolished housed some of the earliest gay-owned businesses on Cedar Springs Road including Lobo Bookstore and Under Arrest. When those businesses moved, The Bronx doubled its size and occupied the full building.

Also torn down was the old Spanish Village, a restaurant that was located in a building between The Bronx and Cafe Brazil (which was Steak and Egg Kitchen at the time). The Spanish Village building, which had been vacant for more than 20 years, was distinguished by the house that sat on top of the restaurant.

—  David Taffet