Another historic building to be torn down in Oak Lawn

AvonThe 85-year-old Avon apartments, on Lemmon Avenue near Oak Lawn, will be gone soon.

With the building in need of renovation, the  owner will be renovating the only way Oak Lawn property owners know how — with bulldozers after a nice, big implosion.

Instead of this ancient monstrosity, a beautiful new Verizon store is scheduled to go up in its place. No word on whether there will be an additional fast food outlet also placed on the property, but Lemmon Avenue doesn’t have enough of those.

Oh, and remember this graceful, old … monstrosity, formerly at the corner of Rawlins and Knight?


3222-Knioght-stHere’s what’s replacing it:

New construction

Ahhh … much better than all that red brick, trees and gabled roof. Glad we got rid of those hardwood floors, leaded glass windows and original tiles inside. Those new yellow fiberglass slatted wall coverings on the second floor are so much … newer.

—  David Taffet

Tallywackers set to open in old Lolita’s space

TallyKids today grow up in a more sophisticated time. When I was a lad, we used lot of euphemisms to describe body parts. One I learned at a young age, but have rarely heard used since I was 8, is “tallywacker,” meaning penis. I’m not sure of the etymology, but it seems to me “tallywacker” sounds like something much, much worse than penis.

So the addition to the gayborhood of a new restaurant called Tallywackers conjures up all sorts of memories from childhood. Innocence. Shame. Infantilization of genitalia. And wieners.

Well, the wieners in a bun is what the owners of Tallywackers probably want you to think about. It’s being called the male equivalent of Hooters, which famously serves wings (hooters … owls … wings … get it?), though the wording is far less subtle. The servers — who were being recruited over the weekend — will be hot young men clad in towels, undies, etc.

It shouldn’t be surprising, or even that offensive. I mean, how many times have you bought a glowing vial of alcohol from a bikini-wearing go-go boy at a nightclub, or a drink from a leatherman in a jockstrap? Does it make a difference that someone wants to sell fries with that shake?

The restaurant is scheduled to begin service in May. Here’s to hoping they have a big opening.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

DPD seeks suspects who shot man on Lemmon Ave., leaving him paralyzed

Dallas police are trying to identifying possible suspects who might have information about an aggravated assault on Aug. 16.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the back near his shoulder blade shortly after 2:30 a.m. in the 4200 block of Lemmon Street near Lolita’s Restaurant, according to a police report.

The vehicle description of the people believed to be responsible is a silver two-door Honda.

The man is now paralyzed, according to a police news release.

Anyone with information on the identity of these suspects should contact Dallas Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment for this offense. Calls can be made anonymously.

—  Dallasvoice

Cedar Springs area drops out of top 10 crime hot spots, won’t be among 1st to get police cameras


The Wycliff-Lemmon hot spot that encompasses Dallas’ gay entertainment district will get more surveillance cameras, bait cars and license plate readers, but not as soon as originally expected.

The Wycliff-Lemmon Target Area Action Grid, previously called the Cedar Springs-Wycliff TAAG and the Maple-Wycliff TAAG, ranks No. 11 for overall crime, according to numbers obtained by Instant Tea from Dallas police.  Therefore it will not have the new technology added by early summer, when the top 10 spots will be equipped.

The TAAG stretches from Maple Avenue to Lemmon Avenue and from Oak Lawn Avenue to Kings Road.

The technology is part of a new police initiative sought to fund additional cameras and bait cars for the city’s 27 hot spots.

Although the Wycliff-Lemmon hot spot ranked No. 7 for overall crime in 2012 in mid-April, the rankings combined last year’s totals with this year’s crimes through April, leading to it missing the No. 10 spot by 34 offenses.

Police want to increase the number of cameras by 300 in the hot spots, as well as add 28 bait cars and 28 license plate readers by the end of the year. So, while Wycliff-Lemmon won’t have added policing devices by the summer, it will be next in line when work on the other hot spots begins.

Below is a list of the top 10 hot spots that will receive the technology first.

1. Five Points
2. Ross-Bennett
5. Forest-Audelia
6. StAugustine-Bruton
7. CampWisdom-Chaucer
8. Greenville-LBJ
9. JohnWest-Buckner
10. LakeJune-Buckner



—  Dallasvoice