Brick owners Howard Okon, second from right, and Greg Parrish, right, pictured here with friends at the Brick, announced this week they are closing the bar July 24 and retiring.
Howard Okon and Greg Parrish announced this week that, after 25 years, they are closing The Brick/Joe’s and retiring from the bar business.
The popular Wycliff Avenue bar’s final day will be Sunday, July 24. Watch for Dallas Voice’s profile of the bar and its owners during the month of July, before the final day.
Here is the full text of Okon and Parrish’s announcement:
The Brick Dallas would like to thank the community and our patrons for 25 wonderful years in Oak Lawn. We have seen many changes in the last 25 years in the LGBT community and the bar industry, made many new friends over this time, and lost some along the way. The Brick has an amazing staff that has been loyal and now are some of our closest friends. This includes DJs, promoters and entertainers. We have strived to provide a fun, entertaining and safe environment for everyone.
It is now time for us to start a new chapter in our lives. Over the years we have watched many young men and women go from kids into productive members of the community. We started here when our community had few places to go. Times are changing, and we are hopeful that progress continues for the LGBT community and Oak Lawn.
July will be our last month in business and our final day will be Sunday, July 24.
We hope you will come by in the following days and say goodbye to us as we prepare to say goodbye to Dallas. We have a full calendar of events in July and hope to see all of our customers before we close our doors July 24th with our “Farewell” Party.
As one of the last founding members of The Dallas Tavern Guild remaining, I want to say thank you to all the members and bars who have been a part of this group. Michael Doughman has been a great leader and we wish many more years of events and strength for The Tavern Guild and all the bars.
We could not have been in business for 25 years without teaming up with these great agencies: Resource Center, AIDS Arms, LifeWalk, AIDS Services of Dallas, GDMAF, Legacy Counseling Center, The Red Foundation, The Purple Party and many more.
Thank you to our softball (Titans, Hashtags, Synergy), volleyball (DIVAS) and rugby teams that have been very supportive to us for many years.
Thank you to our loyal poker players who come out week after week to play poker and eat pizza.
Thank you to Greg Turner (Camille), Bob Wright, Dan Lambert, Betty Neal, Gaylan Zant and Adam Metts for your years of service to The Brick.
A very special thank you to Mikey Howard, and Dannee Phann for being the most amazing managers we could have asked for.
Thank you to our staff and friends: Jimmy, Laurie, Shawn, Dwayne, Mickey, Charles (DJ Unique), Ivan (Ida Mae), Netta, Michael, Brittanie, Larry, Jason, DJ Rudeboy, Stanley, Chris, Andy, Brandon, Jennifer, Shy T, Jay, Blake, Pay, CJ, Cooper, K, Baby, Lukas, Skylar, Aubrey, Kingston, Travis.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, is in Dallas today trying to round up some donations, and he will stage a rally this evening at Gilley’s South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St. (It took Trump at least a week to find a place for his rally, Irving turned him down, as did Grand Prairie.)
There is also a counter-protest planned outside Gilley’s, and Dallas Police are planning ahead to try and avoid as many problems as possible, considering the violence that has become part-and-parcel of Trump rallies and protests. To that end, police are asking businesses in downtown Dallas to help out by sending their employees home early, encouraging everyone to vacate the downtown area by 3 p.m., in anticipation of major traffic delays and for safety reasons.
Police have since issued a statement saying they will begin closing streets around Gilley’s — between the 1000 block and the 1300 block (at Belleview) on Lamar — about 2 p.m. in preparation for the 7 p.m. rally.
Longtime Dallas activist (attorney, former city councilman and former state representative) Domingo Garcia, one of the lead organizers of the counter-protest, said the rally will begin outside Gilley’s at 6 p.m. Organizers are asking that those attending the protest rally wear white shirts to promote peace. And if you want to carry a flag, make sure it is an American flag, not one from Mexico or any other country. Those who bring flags representing any country other than the U.S. will be asked to leave, Garcia told Dallas Observer.
He also said the rally is being staged “to send a message to Donald Trump that his campaign of hatred, bigotry and division is not welcome in the United States or North Texas.”
DPD said in a statement that the department is “committed to protecting every person’s right to free speech and to assemble peaceably.” The statement went on to warn, however, that “there will be no tolerance for individuals who engage in criminal activity or attempt to incite violence or civil disorder. In order to accomplish this, a significant number of police officers, both uniformed and undercover, will be utilized to maintain order.”
UPDATE: Dallas to Orlando: a Vigil for Those Lost on 6/12, will be held TONIGHT, Sunday, June 12, at 8 p.m. at Resource Center, 5740 Cedar Springs Road. Those attending are asked to bring candles or lights.
Dallas activist Daniel Scott Cates has announced, via Facebook, plans for a vigil Tuesday evening in Dallas in memory of the 50 people killed and the more than 50 other injured in the shooting Sunday morning at Pulse Orlando gay bar.
“Our hearts are heavy and our fists are clenched in rage for those we have lost. This gathering WILL HAPPEN in the Oak Lawn neighborhood. We will release details ASAP,” Cates posted on the FB event page for From Dallas to Orlando: A vigil for those lost on 6/12.
At this point, the vigil is set for 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, with the location and other details to be announced.
The event takes place — appropriately enough — on Father’s Day, Sunday June 19, from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Dallas Suites — Park Central, 7800 Alpha Road.
Men Having Babies is “a comprehensive surrogacy parenting conference, designed to help gay men become biological parents. And organizers say it has already done just that with thousands of men worldwide.
The full-day program will include peer and expert advice, personal stories, information about financial assistance, and opportunities to meet a wide range of providers at the expo, breakout sessions and private consultations. Organizers said that more than 20 providers are already signed on for the Dallas conference.
Local sponsors include Dallas Voice, Resource Center, Rainbow Roundup and Handsome Father.
Registration — $15 in advance and $20 at the door — is already open online, and space is limited.
(The cost includes lunch and a coffee break.)
Organizers urged interested individuals to register in advance, noting that these events often sell out. Advance registration also speeds up the sign-in process on the day of the event, and allows registered participants to receive updates on logistics and the agenda for the event.
Police and Dallas Fire Rescue personnel responding to reports of a major accident at North Central Expressway and Lemmon Avenue about 9 p.m. Sunday found a woman dead in the southbound lanes of Central. She appeared to have been struck by several vehicles, according to reports. Several motorists called 9-11 and police spoke to several witnesses, reports indicate.
Homicide detectives were called to the scene, and the investigation is ongoing, police said.
The victim is described as a Latin female, and the Dallas County Medical Examiner will determine her identity, according to reports, which also indicate that the incident is documented as an “unexplained death.”
Why do we have trees growing in the Trinity River and just why — or maybe the question is how — does anyone plan to put a toll road there? We can’t keep the bike trail from flooding. How will a much larger toll road not flood?
Every time I post this, someone answers that the road will be elevated. No it won’t. It won’t go under the two Margaret bridges and the historically designated other bridges if it’s elevated at the points where these pictures show flooding.
Putting a highway — or any kind of through road — here, where we’re in our second year of flooding, is stupid at best and a huge waste of a few billion dollars at worst. Any roads should only be for access to the park area — and it will flood, by the way.
And, by the way again, these aren’t hundred-year floods. Since the 1980s, the Trinity has flooded like this during two years of every decade.
Not the river. The river is on the other side of those trees you see to the left.
Trail going into not the river
Construction started on the second arch of the Good Margaret Bridge
Trees growing in the middle of what’s now the river
Not the river (again, the river is on the other side of the trees)
If we can’t keep a bike trail from flooding, how will we keep a toll road from flooding?
Need directions? Swim to the middle of not the river to get them.
Nice place to dry off along underwater bike trail
Good day for a bike ride. No one seems to be using the bike trail.
No alligators spotted on bike trail.
Don’t worry about all that water killing the tree. It’ll be ripped out because it’s in the path of the toll road.
The actual river is on the other side of these trees.
According to Dallas Councilman Scott Griggs, the eXXXotica lawsuit has cost the city $245,000 so far. Or as Councilman Philip Kingston points out, that’s $4,000 a day.
EXXXotica is a porn convention — sorry — they hate when I call it that: the largest expo in the country dedicated to love and sex — that would like to return to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
Kay Bailey Hutchison went to Dallas City Council to tell them she didn’t think porn — I mean love and sex — should be in her convention center. Only it’s not hers. It’s Dallas’ center and it loses money each year because, well, when an expo wants to book the facility during a week when nothing else is going on in the Kay, Dallas says no.
Five council members oppose spending money on litigation the city will lose just to say “We oppose porn in Dallas” — Griggs and Kingston plus Adam Medrano, Sandy Greyson and Mark Clayton. Until a couple more council folks change their votes, the legal bills will continue to pile up until a judge orders the city to allow porn, I mean love and sex, into the Kay.
Next time you drive through a pothole in Dallas, just remember, the council has kept us safe from porn — I mean love and sex — in a part of the city you really have to go out of your way to even see, unless you’re at City Hall. It’s actually next door to City Hall.