Hit-and-run driver gunned it

Hit and run

Car involved in hit-and-run

After hitting a pedestrian and her dog on Cedar Springs Road, a hit-and-run driver paused and then gunned his engine to avoid responsibility.

On Saturday, Jan. 30, a car turned from Cedar Springs Road onto Throckmorton Street and hit Holly Mosley and killed her dog. The accident happened about noon.

Mosley was crossing Cedar Springs Road in front of the new restaurant Zephyr. She had the walk signal and was in the crosswalk, so she had the right of way.

Mosley rushed her dog to CityVet on Oak Lawn Avenue where he died.

By the way, Dr. Ana Gessel at CityVet is a hero of this story. After trying to save the dog’s life, she didn’t charge Mosley for her services.

Before seeking treatment Mosley returned to Zephyr to wait for police. According to Heather Huynh, who was walking her dog with Mosley, Mosley has contusions on her foot and has shoulder pain. She’s getting medical care, but returned to work today.

Huynh described the accident.

“The car came barreling through,” Huynh said. “He didn’t slow down to make the turn. It looked like he was trying to beat us [through the intersection].”

She said after he hit Mosley and her dog, he paused before taking off.

“He gunned it,” she said.

Another car tried to chase him to get the license plate number, but the hit-and-run driver ran the stop sign two blocks down Throckmorton and disappeared in traffic on Maple Avenue.


—  David Taffet

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