Hearing on Hideaway postponed after bar’s neighbors accuse judge of bias

A hearing scheduled for Friday on a liquor license for The Hideaway has been postponed.

The neighborhood group opposed to the bar reopening filed a motion last Friday to have the judge in the case recused.

According to a spokesperson for the Administrative Law Court that was set to hear the case, it has been reassigned and the new judge was looking for available dates in January.

Hideaway owner Lonzie Hershner said someone from the neighborhood group opposing the bar reopening charged the judge with possible bias.

“They’re just trying to push it out as far as possible,” he said.

But he said this was the last possible protest.

“That was their last straw,” he said.

Homeowner groups filed objections to the bar reopening based on concerns about parking, late night noise, drugs, sex and prostitution in the area.

Hershner also said lease negotiations on the Drama Room are almost complete. The landlord posted a “for lease” sign as a threat during the negotiations, he said.

—  David Taffet

Hershner overdosed on alcohol, cocaine

Marty Hershner

Marty Hershner, the owner of the Tin Room and the Drama Room who passed away in April, died from an overdose of alcohol and cocaine, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Dr. Chester Gwin of the ME’s Office said Thursday morning he wasn’t at liberty to discuss toxicology results in detail. But Gwin confirmed that the official cause of death was “cocaine and ethanol toxicity.”

“The amount in the system doesn’t really matter,” Gwin said. “It’s one of those drugs where a little can do the same as a lot. … Cocaine is toxic in and of itself, but when you combine alcohol to it, there’s a metabolite that’s formed between the interaction of ethanol and cocaine that’s an irritant to the heart.”

Following Hershner’s death, Dallas police said they believed an overdose was possible because “a lot of drugs” were found at the scene.

To read our full story about Hershner’s death, go here.

—  John Wright

Services for Marty Hershner are Saturday

For those who’ve been patiently waiting and checking back here for updates on Marty Hershner’s death, my story is up over on the main page. Read it by going here. Here’s the info about services:

Lonzie Hershner said a viewing will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 30 at Ben F.Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving.

A funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the same location.

Both the viewing and the funeral are open to the public.

Lonzie Hershner said family and friends also plan a memorial show at the Drama Room in the next few weeks. He said he would provide details next week.

—  John Wright

Tin Room owner says rumors that bar was raided last night are false

Marty Hershner, owner of the Tin Room, says rumors that the gay bar on Hudnall Street in Oak Lawn was raided last night are false.

Someone sent a text message to a member of the Dallas Voice editorial staff this morning saying the bar had been raided. Hershner said someone also posted the rumor on their Facebook page, and he got a call from his brother early this morning inquiring about the alleged incident.

“No such thing happened,” Hershner told me. “When you do well, you have lots of haters, and I guess that’s what it is. We were packed last night, and had a great night. It was St. Patrick’s Day.

“That is completely not true,” he added. “They’re just trying to stir up shit. It makes me angry. There were police down the street, but that was dealing with a homeless person, two cops and a homeless guy. That wasn’t even on my property.”

We also put a call in to Dallas police this morning. Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse said he would check with the vice unit, but we haven’t heard back from him yet.

In related news, Hershner said his new bar on Cedar Springs, the Drama Room, is set to open next week at the site of the old Mickey’s. A VIP night is set for Wednesday, followed by a grand opening on Thursday.

“It’s coming along well,” Hershner said. “I added a dance floor and I just changed all the décor. It was kind of nice before, it was just beat up. I made it much nicer. I’ll put a nice patio out back, and there’s going to be entertainers.”

—  John Wright