Dallas LGBT community continues to respond to food pantry shortage

Food Pantry

Donations provided some variety at the Resource Center food pantry this week, but the stock on shelves remains low.

Throughout the week, LGBT organizations have jumped to the rescue of the Resource Center food pantry, providing some variety, but the stock remains low. The pantry distributes more than seven tons of food a week.

North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tony Vedda sent a letter to more than 300 member businesses. He reminded them of why the pantry came into existence.

“The gay & lesbian community (as it was called at the time) took care of its own; no one else would,” he wrote. “Making sure that people with HIV/AIDS had food to eat was essential to their survival.”

He asked each business to make a $25 donation, which would total $7,500 in donations for food from the chamber.

Anyone who brings five cans to Fashionista GayBingo at S4 this weekend will be entered into a drawing for a variety of prizes including tickets to future GayBingo and GayBingo North.

Stonewall Democrats of Dallas passed a hat at their meeting on Tuesday and sent Resource Center a check for $500. Log Cabin Republicans meets at Acme Social Club, 4900 McKinney at 6:30 tonight and will also be collecting.

Several of the bars are collection points for food including Dallas Eagle, JR.’s Bar & Grill and the Round-Up Saloon.

Dallas Voice is doing its own food drive and is a collection point for canned goods. Anyone who lives or works in the area is welcome to drop off canned food at the office during business hours. Items may be dropped at Dallas Voice, 4145 Travis St., Third Floor off Mon.–Fri. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

—  David Taffet

JR.’s Bar & Grill to sorta close for major renovations starting in early Feb.

Caven announced today that JR.’s Bar & Grill will be closing its first floor area for renovations, but that the second floor will remain open. So happy hour is safe, but it sounds like the bar is getting some impressive redos according to Caven president Gregg Kilhoffer.

“Everything is being improved, floor to ceiling”, he said. “Our guests can expect a familiar space, but with a new feel, new fixtures, new audio and video and new state-of-the-art technologies that will improve the customer experience.”

The parent company mentioned renovations will commence after the end of business on Feb. 5 and expected to go on for about six weeks. The bar’s regular schedule of events will be moved down the block to TMC: The Mining Company along with some of the JR.’s staff. The upstairs area will remain open on the weekends. When first floor renovations are done, they’ll flip the bar and close off the second floor to continue the upgrades.

“I hope our guests will be patient during this process,” Kilhoffer added.  “Change is good, and we think the results will be worth the inconvenience and the wait.”

—  Rich Lopez

JR.’s patron climbs over, exits from balcony

Over the weekend, a patron of JR.’s Bar & Grill on Cedar Springs Road thought he could leave the bar by climbing over the balcony and jumping to the street. Instead, he landed on his face and bar employees insisted he leave by ambulance.

Caven Enterprises President Gregg Kilhoffer said that the man climbed over the balcony and thought that when he hung from the ledge, dangling as low as possible, he’d just drop to his feet. The second-floor balcony is higher than the man thought.

Kilhoffer, who has been with the company for 27 years, said, “I thought I had seen everything.”

Although the patron thought he was OK after he landed, Kilhoffer said, “we insisted he go by ambulance.”

The man was taken to Parkland Hospital. The only injuries sustained were scrapes to the face.

Kilhoffer said it was early in the evening and the man did not appear to be drunk.

He said he didn’t think additional warnings to customers would be necessary. Signs that read, “Please exit the bar from the first floor” or “Please use the stairs to leave the balcony” or even “Please do not jump off the balcony” would not be posted because most people who come to JR.’s understand how stairs and doors work.

—  David Taffet

Meet the Perry Twins tonight at JR.’s

This week, we featured the L.A. based Perry Twins DJ team. They’ll be spinning tonight at Station 4 but their big event is tomorrow’s “Heat of the Night” celebrating the Legal Hospice of Texas’ 20th anniversary. That’s already a busy weekend but I just heard they have one quick gig before all that. Doug and Derek Perry will be at JR.’s Bar & Grill tonight for a meet and greet from 6–8 p.m.

This is their first time playing in Big D. Show them a warm Dallas welcome so they’ll want to come back and spin again.

—  Rich Lopez