Sharon Needles at the Rose Room Thursday night

Photo by Patrick Hoffman/Dallas Voice

Last night, Sharon Needles, the spooky drag queen who won season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, wished the roughly 300 people crowding S4′s Rose Room a happy Halloween. Though she performed at S4 and JR.’s as part of the requisite Absolut summer Tour that all Drag Race winners must do, Needles did so with her trademark mix of shock, defiance and darkness.

By 8 p.m., a line of people wrapped around the block from S4 to Throckmorton and by 8:30 p.m., all the unreserved seats in the Rose Room had butts in them. The audience, including many who stood along the walls and beside the bar, waited about two-and-a-half hours for the show to even begin; the room growing hotter, the pre-show music thumping ever louder and the lines to the bar getting longer with each passing minute.

For photos of Needles at JR.’s, click here.

—  Daniel Villarreal

JR.’s Bar & Grill opens patio bar today

After seeing this teaser ad for a couple of weeks now, JR.’s finally opens up its brand-spankin’ new upstairs patio bar — or The Patio. They announced renovations back in February and while the downstairs also got a redo, the JR.’s vibe is still resonant. But the second-floor bar is now looking rather fabulous.

So if you’re not heading there for happy hour after work today, then take a peek of the bar with this pic posted on the bar’s Facebook page after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Italia Express to take over Macho Nacho spot

On my way to lunch, I drove past the not-really-that-old Macho Nacho spot to see a “coming soon” sign posted. As you can see in this photo, Italia Express will be moving in to the former Hunky’s space on the corner of Throckmorton and Cedar Springs. Macho Nacho did not have a longstanding presence on the Strip. Restaurateur Scott Jones opened the Tex-Mex eatery last spring but closed its doors due to a contentious lockout between the building landlord and Jones.

Coincidentally, Jones used to own and operate Cafe Italia on Lovers Lane which closed its doors in 2009. So it was natural to think that Jones may still be involved with the location.

“No, that’s not me,” he said. “I can see how people would think that, but I’m not involved in that location anymore.”

I put a call into Eloy Construction (the number on the sign) but they would not reveal who the owners are. I called the Italia Express on Continental Avenue but was unable to reach a manager or owner. The man who answered was unaware of any new location and so details on this location remain a mystery.

 

—  Rich Lopez