by Judy Chamberlain
More than two decades ago, Dallas resident Tommy Stanco, an avid gourmet cook and former professional children’s entertainer, combined his love of hospitality and music to create an aura that would transform Lakewood’s Balcony Club from a simple piano bar to a haven for live music and Texas-sized camaraderie featuring as many as 70 bands each month.
Stanco – who went to work at The Balcony Club as a bartender on Valentine’s Day 1990 and bought the place from original owners Burke and Jo Barr – has been its sole owner for over twenty years. Recently, he added his own band to the roster of regulars on the club’s calendar. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We stopped by Glass Uptown last night to check out the unveiling of their large patio club that was billed as a rooftop bar and called Revive. The night would be catered by Nick and Sam’s, DJ’s and cocktails (one of our favorite combinations). But as the winds picked up so did the awnings outside, leaving the party somewhat lacking for its own premier.
Instead, check out Revive this Friday for a sneak peek soft opening.
Glass Uptown/ Revive
1899 McKinney Ave
by Bryan Coonrod
Country music lovers will get to boot scoot once again as the popular 90s country club Denim & Diamonds is returning to the area with a grand opening this Friday night at 17727 Addison Road in the old Cape Buffalo location.
For the uptown crowd there is a lot of new life coming in the next few weeks with the soft opening of Avenu last Friday in the old Aura location and soon to be open Rumor Lounge & The Den in the old Liar’s Den location. Current hotspot Glass will also be opening a rooftop patio and naming it Revive for everyone to enjoy the view and also the same ownership group will be taking over Skye Bar and giving it a facelift and renaming it Red Lights. Continue reading
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by Jeffrey Yarbrough
Yesterday we posted a story about the Club Clearview reunion that was held this past weekend at Lee Harvey’s, and we received plenty of emails with stories about the event and past recollections. Jeffrey Yarbrough was also kind enough to send his regards and his view of the night. Jeffrey was one of the Clearview owners, and now owns BigInk, a PR firm in Dallas.
This was not your ordinary class reunion. Clearview staff from 1985 – 2007 came out full throttle. Original staffers like Todd Eckardt who started as a door guy and ended up CFO was there. Clay Austin the grandfather of Deep Ellum graffiti who was the creative director closed down the bar with us after painting a black light mural on the back fence and 3 dancers. Jeff Swaney, the founder, came in from Bend OR, other staffers flew from Portland, Las Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and in Texas as far as El Paso over 250 in all attended. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
What started as renegade parties in Deep Ellum warehouses with cohorts in crime Jeff Swaney, Steve Clohessy, Jeffrey Yarbrough and Mark Cuban who would set up under the lights fueled by generators and selling beer for the price of admission, soon became a legitimate enterprise that led to the opening of Club Clearview in an abandoned curtain warehouse.
The multi-venue club quickly became the heart of Deep Ellum’s music scene in the 80’s and 90’s, hosting national acts such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ministry, as well as birthing locals such as Vanilla Ice and the Dixie Chicks.
The musical Mecca comprised of Club Clearview, Art Bar, Blind Lemon, The Red Room, and Open the Roof Deck. There revelers could enjoy their own form of party, traveling between the venues with their sole connective tissue, a room filled of nearly nude neon clad dancers in cages. Continue reading
by Bryan Coonrod
There are a few openings and closings you might wish to be aware of, and here is the short list. Many openings about to fly our way towards the end of summer and we will keep you posted.
M Street, the mecca for minors on Greenville Avenue, has finally closed it’s doors. No word as of yet to what will be in there. Cretia’s on McKinney closed last Saturday and is slated to reopen as The Speakeasy this weekend. Kind of a quick name change if you ask me. Continue reading