Cafe Brazil on Cedar Springs has re-opened in its new space

Back in October, we reported that the long-standing Cedar Springs location of Cafe Brazil would relocate to the space previously occupied by the Drama Room and other night clubs. Three months later, that plan has become a reality.

The new Cafe Brazil is officially open today, “serving hot coffee for a cold world” as they promise on their signage.

The new space — just yards away on the same side of the street, between Thai Lotus Kitchen and Street’s Fine Chicken — offers twice the seating capacity as the old cafe, and will again include a patio, as well as bar window seating. A rep for Cafe Brazil also told Dallas Voice this week that the same staff will come over from the old place, so there should be a minuscule learning curve. And of course the menu — hearty breakfasts, fine coffees and the like — will continue.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Police seek suspects in Pizza Patron robbery

Dallas police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the two suspects — pictured above — who robbed the Pizza Patron restaurant at 5542 Maple Ave. in Dallas on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Police said the two entered the store about 12:15 p.m. and threatened the cashier with a knife while demanding all the money from the register. No one was injured in the incident.

Suspect No. 1 is a white male, 25-30 years old, 5 feet, 7inches tall, with an athletic build who was wearing a green t-shirt, navy zip-up hoodie, blue jeans, red and black shoes with reflective parts, and a baseball hat with red bill.

The second suspect is also a white male, 23-28 years old, 5 feet, 7 inches tall with a thin build and black hair and wearing a white t-shirt, multi-colored jacket, khaki pants, brown house shoes and a white beanie.

Anyone who recognizes the men or has information about the robbery should call Det. K. Schiver at 214-671-3655.

If you have info but want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 214-373-TIPS (8477), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information called into Crime Stoppers that leads to the arrest and indictment for this and other felony offenses.

—  Tammye Nash

Hate in the gayborhood

CORRECTION: The flyer was left on a car on Saturday night, not Tuesday. New information suggests that these threats are targeting a specific individual, However, the nature of the threats would indicate others are also at risk.

The flyer below was allegedly left on the windshield of a car outside BJ’s NXS! gay nightclub on Fitzhugh Avenue Tuesday night.

The flyer includes a photo of the fence to which Matthew Shepherd was tied and left to die outside Laramie, Wyoming in 1998 in one of the most infamous anti-gay hate crimes in recent years. Boxed words printed next to that photo say, “Where you belong !!!!” with an arrow pointing to the photo.

There is a second photo of a tribute at BJ’s to the victims of the June 12 massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, next to the boxed words “Kill all fags and anyone who helped them at PULSE.” There is also a badly cropped photo of two young white women in a car, a a copy of the BJ’s logo, along with the boxed words “YOU ARE NEXT!!!” and, at the bottom, a separate boxed area including the threat, “NIGGER LOVERS AND ILLEGAL WETBACKS MUST DIE FUCKING FAGGOT YOU ARE THE NEXT PULSE AND FAGGOT TO DIE BY BEATING !!”

Dallas Voice has left a message asking the person on whose car the flyer was reportedly found to contact us. We have not yet verified the authenticity of the flyer, but felt that the threat contained herein is serious enough to warrant posting here as a warning to our readers to be careful and stay alert.

We will be passing this flyer along to Dallas police.


—  Tammye Nash

Street’s Fine Chicken extends hours, adds walk-up window

CHICKENStreet’s Fine Chicken, one of the newer eateries in the gayborhood, launches new service hours, beginning this weekend. Starting tonight, it introduces a late-night, walk-up window, available each Saturday night (the seated area will continue to close at 10 p.m.). Then on Monday, and each Monday after, it will be open for lunch and dinner.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Get your pRide on: Uber offers discount this weekend on rides to LGBT Dallas destinations

Person using the Uber app

Uber is offering a discount of up to $20 to customers using the service to go to specific locations in the Dallas gayborhood this weekend, according to a statement the company released today (Friday, June 17):

“Like people across the world, we were deeply shocked and saddened by the recent murders at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The world is a brighter and better place when we are all free to be ourselves. And we want to bring people together, no matter who you are or where you’re from.

“To celebrate life and love in all its forms, this weekend we’ll be offering free rides to and from places around Dallas that are important to the history and culture of the local LGBT community,” the statement reads.

To take advantage of the discount, users just need to open the Uber app, request an uberx and be picked up or dropped off at any of the designated locations, and a discount of up to $20 will automatically be applied to their fee.

The offer is limited to two rides per person, up to $20 per ride, and is valid from noon today through 11:59 p.m., Monday, June 20.

Locations included in the offer are Station 4 (S4), Sue Ellen’s, JR’s Bar & Grill, TMC: The Mining Co., Resource Center, North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce and Cathedral of Hope.

Uber also encouraged users to donate if they can to OneOrlando Fund, established by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to “provide a way to help respond to the needs of our community, now and in the time to come, after the effects of the Pulse tragedy. The distribution of the funds will be administered by the Central Florida Foundation. The Foundation serves as the region’s community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds.”

—  Tammye Nash

DA Hawk schedules another Oak Lawn Town Hall


Dallas County DA Susan Hawk

Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk will hold a second Oak Lawn Town Hall meeting on Monday, April 25, 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road. Hawk held the first town hall in mid-December to address the rash of attacks happening in the gayborhood and to hear residents’ concerns and questions.

In a press statement released today (Monday, Aug. 18), the D.A. said she is holding the April 25 meeting because, “I wanted to meet with Oak Lawn area community members, again, to follow up with them regarding the safety concerns they presented at our December Town Hall meeting, Our office wants to remain a consistent resource for our community, and to do that we can’t just show up once. We have to keep the lines of communication open and continue to have a presence.”

Hawk said she will update the community on office initiatives and on programs and resources in place to help the LGBT community and Dallas County in general. She will also address ongoing concerns about the attacks last fall. No arrests have been made yet in any of those assaults.

Hawk said at that December meeting that she lived in the Oak Lawn area and had often walked her dog near the location of one of the attacks. Because of that, she added, the attacks in the area “are personal.”

—  Tammye Nash

Sneak peek: Zephyr now open in old Zini’s space


IMG_9432Ever since Zini’s Pizzeria closed suddenly last July, some of the prime dining real estate in the Crossroads has lain empty… at least until last Thursday evening. That’s when Zephyr — the new bistro, cafe and bakery from Thai-riffic owner Danny Sikora and his business partner Josh Friedman — officially opened its doors for a “soft” opening. Less than a week later, folks are beginning to discover the new eatery, which has radically altered the space to conjure European sidewalk brassseries. The menu reflects that aesthetic as well: sandwiches, soups (including French onion with gruyere) … as well as deviled eggs (pictured) and cupcakes, both topped with bacon. Yeah, we could get used to this.

It’s currently open for lunch and dinner, except Mondays. Welcome them to the neighborhood… and look for a full review next month!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

More robberies on the Katy Trail

Screen shot 2016-01-15 at 9.54.33 AMThe spate of violent robberies and attacks in the Oak Lawn area seems to have died down over the last month or so. But don’t be lulled into complacency.

Dallas police are investigating two robberies that happened in the last week along the Katy Trail, which is, if not actually in the gayborhood, is at least gayborhood-adjacent.

Police say the two offenses — one on Jan. 9 in Reverchon Park and the other on Jan. 13 near the American Airlines Center — do not appear to be related. But for those who have been paying attention to the attacks in Oak Lawn, one of the two sounds eerily familiar.

The first attack happened about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, as a 31-year-old female jogger left the trail and entered Reverchon Park. Police say a black male stepped in front of her and began yelling at her, “Give me all your money!”

Police say the way threw a $5 bill at the man, sprayed him with mace and ran away. The suspect did not follow her. He is described as about 23 years old, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He was wearing a gray goodie, gray beanie and black headphones.

Because the suspect didn’t threaten the woman and did not display a weapon, police are investigating the incident as a third degree felony.

The second attack happened Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 4:24 p.m. in the 1600 block of Lyte Street. The victim, this time a man, had just come of Katy Trail near the AAC when he was approached by two black men who “engaged him in conversation,” according to police. The victim kept walking but one of the men attacked, hitting him in the head with “an unknown object,” knocking him to the ground.

The victim managed to get up and begin running, but the suspects chased and caught him. They slammed him to the ground and stole his cell phone, but then ran off when witnesses intervened, police said.

The first suspect in this attack was described as about 19 years old and 6 feet tall with short hair. He was wearing all black. The second suspect is described as a black man, 16 to 19 years old, and about 5-feet-8. He weighed about 150 pounds and had lighter-toned skin.

Detectives investigating the incidents have asked that anyone with information on either offense call 214-671-3584.

—  Tammye Nash

UPDATE: Tap House employee attacked

Geoffrey Hubbard

Geoffrey Hubbard

Another person has been injured in an attack in the gayborhood, according to posts on Facebook overnight.

Geoffrey Hubbard, a server at Cedar Springs Tap House, is in Baylor Hospital in Dallas after being beaten during an attempted robbery at the intersection of Knight and Rawlins streets.

“Just a casual stroll a few blocks over to a friend’s house and I get smacked in the head by some guy attempting to mug me,” Hubbard said on Facebook, posting a photo of himself with a bloody face and bandages wrapped around his head.

Hubbard said he was able to crawl under a nearby car to prevent his assailants from taking his money.

This attack mimics one that occurred on Nov. 1. Tito Gonzalez was walking home from his job at Quesa when he noticed a man following him. He tried to cross the street, but someone approached from that side. The two men trapped him and brutally attacked.

In this attack, one man approached from in front of him while another attacked him on the head from behind.

This is at least the 12th reported attack on a gay man in Oak Lawn since Sept. 20. At least three other attacks have taken place that Dallas Voice has heard of that may not have been reported to police.

—  Tammye Nash

Tacos y Mas readying to open at the ilume

tacosymasWe’ve known that Tacos y Mas was taking over the space at ilume vacated by the ill-fated Xamach for a while, but it looks like the doors are about to open (they tell us a mid-September launch date it planned — just in time for Dallas Pride). Not only is the signage up, but so is the menu of $2 Mexican street tacos and $3 specialty tacos, plus combo plates, burritos and more. And everything is under $10. It looks like a good fit for the gayborhood, especially if the hours are late enough for the impulse buy for clubgoers.

Tacos y Mas is a Dallas institution, having started nearly 20 years ago in a tent, and for a long time being simply a small taco stand at the corner of Lower Greenville and Ross avenues. But in recent years, the company has expanded — up the street on Greenville to the old Quesa-D-Ya’s space, as well as North Dallas and Plano. Bring on the tacos! And check out of Food Issue this Friday, in print newsstands and online!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones