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?

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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

Daily Juice closes while Quesa readies to open

quesaDaily Juice, which opened last summer on Cedar Springs Road in the old Buli space, closed this week. The owners are revamping the format rather than abandoning the space. Two doors down, Quesa is set to open.

According to a sign in the Daily Juice window, the shop will reopen in early February as Winslow’s, “a new restaurant featuring wine, craft cocktails and eats.”

No word on how the space will get its liquor license so quickly. That process takes months or longer.

Quesa, a new Mexican restaurant on the corner of Reagan Street and Cedar Springs Road, is readying to open. That space, empty since Nuvo moved to Oak Lawn Avenue, has had zoning and parking problems to overcome before receiving its building permits.

Restaurants must provide twice as many parking spaces as retail stores and the space was zoned for offices rather than restaurant and retail. When Nuvo opened in the early 1980s, no one in the city cared what the zoning was on Cedar Springs Road, so stores were allowed to open despite the zoning.

—  David Taffet

Oak Lawn rally after 5th Circuit

About 150 people braved sub-freezing temperatures to demand the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard an appeal of the Texas marriage-equality case on Friday, Jan. 9, strike down discriminatory marriage laws.

—  David Taffet

1 dead after shooting in Oak Lawn

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Dallas police are looking for a black male in connection with a shooting in Oak Lawn late Sunday night, Dec. 21, that left one man dead.

Floyd Robinson, 32, was pronounced dead at Parkland Memorial Hospital.

According to police reports, officers responded about 11 p.m. Sunday to a shooting call in the 2900 block of Lucas, about a block off Cedar Springs Road, near the North Dallas Tollway. They found Robinson in a breezeway at an apartment complex there, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Homicide detectives later determined that Robinson had been involved in an altercation in the 2800 block of The Mall Street, just across Hartford Street from the apartment where he was found. The investigation so far indicated that Robinson was shot during that altercation and then ran across Hartford Street to the location where he was found.

Detectives said the suspect remains unknown and that the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information concerning this shooting call the DPD Homicide Unit at 214-671-3661.

 

—  Tammye Nash

What’s the best gayborhood in the U.S.? C’mon, you know …

Cedar SpringsThe Out Traveler just compiled a list of the top 10 gayborhoods in the U.S. The big’uns are all there: Seattle’s Capitol Hill (No. 9). West Hollywood (No. 7). Fort Lauderdale’s Wilton Manors (No. 6). But what’s above The Castro (No. 3)? Why, li’l ol’ Oak Lawn!

Yup, according to the publication, the eateries and clubs (face it: We have quite a few bars in the Crossroads!), the proximity to both downtown and right here in the Design District (where the Voice offices are now located) and the friendliness of the residents (yee-haw, Texans!) make it the favorite in the land. And they didn’t even mention the warm weather, the Halloween street party, the excellent gay media (ahem) the shopping and much more that serves to explain why we call Dallas home.

So can we please get away from this “Dallatude” thing?

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

We’re the Best! Vote for Oak Lawn as Best Gayborhood

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So, here’s your chance to show your Texas Pride. OutTraveler.com, the online travel site that caters to the LGBT community, is in the midst of its annual Out Traveler Awards. The category up for votes right now is “Best Gayborhood,” and Dallas’ Oak Lawn is one of 10 contenders for the title.

OutTraveler.com calls the “Best Gayborhood” content “the most contentious” and “the most controversial” category in the Out Traveler Awards:

“We have ownership in the neighborhoods we consider our own; those places we can let our hair down and be ourselves. But what really makes the best LGBT neighborhood? Is it restaurants, bars, walkability, clean streets, public transit, or safety? Think long and hard before you vote, because the top queer area may not be the one down the street, but the enclave we discovered while on vacation or during a work trip.”

The site explains that Out Traveler editors chose the 10 nominees on the list, but “we’re amenable to write in candidates in the comments section.” Other nominees are Boystown in Chicago, Boystown in West Hollywood/Los Angeles, Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan/NYC, Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., the Castro in San Francisco, Wilton Manors in Ft. Lauderdale, Washington Square West in Philadelphia, Midtown in Atlanta and Capitol Hill in Seattle.

Dallas Tavern Guild, the association of LGBT nightclubs that puts on Dallas’ LGBT Pride events each year, is rooting for Oak Lawn to win the award, and Executive Director Michael Doughman urged everyone to go to the site to vote.

“We have some good competition but I know if we make an effort we can win this award,” Doughman said. We may not have won much in the midterm elections, but we have a chance for national recognition for our community. Let’s do this!”

The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau is also urging everyone to vote for Oak Lawn.

But do it quickly. The polls close two weeks from yesterday (Tuesday, Nov. 11), and winners will be announced the first week in December.

—  Tammye Nash

Memorial set for man found in Turtle Creek

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Robert Letbetter

An obituary was posted and memorial service planned for the man found dead in Turtle Creek on Nov. 3.

While cause of death was not listed for Robert Letbetter, the obituary notes, “Although his struggles were long and difficult, his death came unexpectedly.” Dallas police only said they were waiting for toxicology test results before listing cause of death.

More than 50 pictures are posted along with the obituary.

The memorial service will be held on Nov. 14 in Conroe, where he was born.

 

—  David Taffet

Dallas Police ask for help in identifying suspect in Oak Lawn burglary

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Suspect in Oak Lawn-area burglary

 

Dallas Police have asked for the public’s help in identifying a suspect that may have been involved in a Nov. 1 burglary in the 4000 block of Bowser Ave., in Oak Lawn.

The suspect is a black male, about 20 years old, 5-11, 180 pounds. Police said he was seen at the location of the residential burglary on Bowser and was then seen fleeing the scene in a green, 1997-99 Buick LeSabre with damage to the front end and driver’s side. Within 45 minutes of the burglary, the suspect used a credit card stolen in the Oak Lawn-area burglary at a store in the 9700 block of Webb Chapel.

The video below shows the suspect using the stolen credit card.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Philip Strodtman at 214-670-6047.

—  Tammye Nash

No more Drama, just a Zoo

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Dallas Voice Associate Advertising  Director Chad Mantooth brought this news into the office today: The space on Cedar Springs formerly occupied by The Drama Room has been taken over by a new enterprise.

Liquid Zoo, now at 3851 Cedar Springs Road, will feature a stage with drag shows and live music, and is set to open in mid-November. Renovations are underway now.

Stay tuned to DallasVoice.com for more.

—  Tammye Nash

PHOTOS: Parigi at 30 years

Provost, left, and Falls, right.

It’s been an Oak Lawn institution almost as long as Dallas Voice: Parigi, the French-themed, Italian-influenced bistro. There have been only three owners throughout its three decades, and two — founder Andree Falls and current chef-owner Janice Provost, who’s helmed it for 13 years —were present at the event, which was packed with long-time patrons and well-wishers enjoying Provost’s mini grilled-cheese-and-tomato-basil-soup, lobster sandwiches and deviled eggs. Congrats, Parigi!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones