Warwick announces plans for Bronx location; JR.’s remodel starts; new restaurants opening soon
DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer
Two restaurants closed on Cedar Springs Road last weekend, but new businesses are opening, and at least one long-time club is being remodeled.
The Bronx, the oldest gay-owned business on Cedar Springs that had operated for 35 years, has been sold to the Melrose Hotel.
Officials with Warwick, the owner of the Melrose Hotel, released their plans for the real estate on Wednesday, April 6.
“The current plans call for a large and pillar-less ballroom which would be complemented by additional meeting and conference space in a nearby building. The construction of a spa and a swimming pool is also under study,” Warwick said.
The property has a 10-story height restriction on the property because it is on the Love Field glide path. While the building occupied by The Bronx is in great shape, the attached building that was last occupied by Spanish Village, is not salvageable.
Both would likely have to be razed to make room for Warwick’s planned improvements.
On Thursday, April 7, Rick Espaillat, a spokesman for Caven Enterprises, reports that work was beginning that day on a month-long project to remodel JR.’s Bar & Grill, which has been located on the corner of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton for 31 years.
The remodeling project will, among other things, give the club a ground-level patio along Cedar Springs Road.
The last time JR’s underwent significant renovations was 1998, when the second floor and balcony were added, Espaillat said. The club will remain open during the project.
The other restaurant that closed last week was Hung*dingers.
Danny Sikora bought the lease from the former owner and will move his restaurant, Thairrific, from its Forest Lane location to Oak Lawn. Despite its current location, hidden in a rundown shopping center in Far North Dallas, that restaurant won the 2011 Readers Voice award for best Asian food.
Sikora said work has already begun on the move.
“We’ve gotten the space about 80 percent cleaned out,” Sikora said.
He said that Hung*dingers installed a new kitchen when they opened less than three years ago. He expects his restaurant to be ready to open on Throckmorton Street in six to eight weeks.
Two other restaurants are under construction in the same building at 4000 Cedar Springs Road.
Scott Jones, owner of Macho Nacho in the original Hunky’s location, said he is waiting for delivery of some furniture and expects to open around April 18.
Coffee Lab, in the former space occupied by Obscurities, is still under construction with no set opening date.
Issues with permits and parking have delayed any changes at another Cedar Springs Road business: Scott Whittall said that they are rethinking plans for Buli, the café which the owner had originally intended to turn into a piano bar by enlarging into the vacant space next door.
Staff writers John Wright and Arnold Wayne Jones contributed to this report.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 8, 2011.