Last night the city of Dallas witnessed the largest outpouring of love and respect for the godfather of the craft cocktail movement in Dallas, Charlie Papaceno. As previously mention on craveDFW, Papaceno plans to open his new bar, Industry Alley.
It was during the building process of the bar, which he did much of the labor himself, that he met with an accident while installing a barn door that is just off the largish patio set at the entrance of the bar. His hand was badly cut and he spent some time with doctors. It was during a hospital visit that it was discovered that Papaceno had developed cancer and he immediately began treatment.
Industry Alley is waiting on a few more permits before a grand opening, but the bar was opened last night and operated by nearly every great bartender in Dallas as they each took shifts pouring donated liquor to raise funds to assist Papaceno with expenses during this time of need.
Industry Alley is located in the Southside area on Lamar, and is actually quite large. The bar was at capacity last night with bar and restaurant industry friends, as well as long time customers and well wisher paid their respects. The exact total raised has not yet been released, but judging from the crowd the event did quite well. A $20 entry fee netted the guest two cocktails, and whole hog tacos prepared by local chef Justin Holt. T-shirts, games, a live auction, and other features of the benefit helped raise additional funds.
Look for Industry Alley to open within the next few weeks. Also look for a speedy recovery of its owner, Charlie Papaceno.