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Updated: Service Bar Closes This Weekend After 20 Years

by Bryan Coonrod

This weekend the Service Bar closes it’s doors after a 20 year run on Lower Greenville. I’m sure many of you have visited the bar or have heard some crazy story from someone else. The new Special Use Permit laws the city of Dallas passed last year has certainly turned Lower Greenville Avenue into a ghost town with only a handful of bars being allowed to stay in business. And now The Service bar has finally thrown in the towel and shut down.

The Service Bar was one of the first bars in Dallas to implement the modern version of a service industry night on Tuesdays in the early 90’s and many clubs today still have their own ( S.I.N. nights ). Those Tuesday nights were quite memorable. There was always a huge line to enter and getting a drink usually meant passing money over three to four people to the bartender to have a drink passed back to you as you squeezed into any open spot you could find.    Continue reading

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Fearing at Cane Rosso

by Bryan Coonrod

Monday night marked another installment of Cane Rosso’s Industry Night  at the Deep Ellum restaurant which invites a new guest chef to create a special pizza for the evening. This was one of the most anticipated nights in the series with Dean Fearing  offering up his ideas of a great pizza. And how great it was with three pies to choose from.

On the menu Fearing had a buffalo tenderloin, a smoked pork ragu and a barbecue shrimp pizza. Of course I had to try all three. Knowing the vast following Fearing I knew getting there early would be the smart thing to do. Smart move since all of Fearing’s pizzas were sold out by 7:30pm.   Continue reading

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Mason Bar to Open Uptown

by Bryan Coonrod

Opening in January 2012, The Mason Bar is a gastro pub located in an iconic Masonic Lodge in Uptown Dallas. Developed by long-time Dallas entrepreneur Brandt Wood and the McFadden Group of New York City. The Mason Bar will be about enjoying the timeless tradition of food and beverage with friends.

Mason Bar
4701 Guillot St., Dallas

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Fishbone Concert Review

by Bryan Coonrod

For 25 years Fishbone has been wowing crowds around the world with their blend of punk, ska, reggae, jazz, funk and soul. Last night they rolled into Dallas for a showing of their documentary ” Everyday Sunshine” at the Texas Theatre and then a concert at Trees. Me being a long time fan could not wait for them to hot the stage, which did take some time as the sound check was longer than the opening bands entire set.   Continue reading

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Homage to ZZ Top and More

by Bryan Coonrod

Lack Of Afro – This Time

If you like that soul vibe of the 60’s and early 70’s you should check out the latest from Lack Of Afro  who is producer Adam Gibbons, a white guy so therefore lacks an afro. Chocked full of jazz and funk & soul goodies with vocal contributions from Angeline Morrison, Wayne Gidden, Jake Morley and up and coming rapper Wax.    Continue reading

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We Have a Craving for Cars

by Bryan Coonrod

I for one love classic cars, so while strolling through the state fair automotive building I notice a wing of a Plymouth Road Runner Super Bird sticking above the rest of the new cars displayed. As I get closer a 1968 Lamborghini Miura grabs my attention with its pistachio color gleaming under the lights.

My curiosity begins to wonder why they are at the fair and I find out these cars are part of the Texas Museum of Automotive History opening to the public Nov 15th after the fair ends and boasting a display of cars worth $30 million it is truly a car lovers paradise. TMAH’s goal is to be one of the top 10 museums in the world.           Continue reading

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