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An Ode to the White Rock Sports Bar, Which Closes This Month

You’re going to have to bear with me. I need some space here to collect my thoughts and grieve. I learned yesterday that one of my favorite bars will shut its doors forever at the end of this month. I’m referring to the White Rock Sports Bar, which we regulars still refer to by its original name, Shady Side. Actually, its full name when it opened in 1998 was the Shady Side Cafe, but “cafe” fits the place like a wedding dress would fit my dog. A man named JD, a neighbor of mine, owns the place. He changed the name a number of years ago in a misguided effort (in this drinker’s humble opinion) to deal with the arcane rules governing dry areas and private clubs and the food-to-beverage ratio of sales numbers. JD tells me that his lease is up October 31. His liquor license expires even sooner, this Sunday.

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A Concise Review of Last Night’s Best of Big D Party

If you joined us last night at the Bomb Factory for the Best of Big D party, you’re probably moving a little slowly this morning. Get some coffee. Have a Dirty Dusty at lunch. You’ll be okay.

If you didn’t join us, you’re probably wondering how it went. To satisfy your curiosity, I offer you the above picture of Brendan Higgins, former CBS Channel 11 morning anchor. As everyone knows, the severity of a thunderstorm can be judged by ABC Channel 8 weatherman Pete Delkus’ shirtsleeves. The higher up his arms he rolls them, the worse the weather will get. A similar phenomenon occurs with Higgins’ clothes. The lower he unbuttons his shirt, the better the party. Last night, as you can see, was a three-button party.

Thanks to everyone at D Magazine and the Bomb Factory who made it happen. And thanks to our sponsors, too: Ben E. Keith, See’s Candies, Pinstack Bowl, and Topo Chico. Congrats to all the Best of Big D winners. Let’s do it again next year.

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Kent Rathbun Attempts To Lure Sandra Crenshaw to His New Restaurant

Yesterday over on SideDish, we told you about Kent Rathbun’s new joint, Hickory. Somehow our reporter failed to bring us the exciting news that Rathbun is serving cactus juice. An alert FrontBurnervian who paid the restaurant a visit sent along the above photo. Clearly Rathbun has crafted his menu to appeal to Sandra Crenshaw, the former Dallas City Council member. For those unfamiliar with the cactus juice meme, hop in your time machine and take a look at what was going down on FrontBurner back in 2008.

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SMU To Sell Beer At Football Games, Ctd.

Since I mentioned this morning that SMU would start selling beer at football games this season, my phone has been ringing off the hook with people wanting to know my take on the sitch. Email and Twitter going crazy, too. Been a madhouse, really. ANYWAY, I guess my thing is, it’s pretty much a non-issue, as I’ve never really met any SMU students or alums that drink. So, you know, whatever.

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Where I Am Currently Considering Having Cocktails on Friday

My wife is out of town. She left me in charge of our kids for five days. I think I speak for fathers everywhere when I say that as soon as my lovely bride returns to town, I am going to cash in my accumulated brownie points and go on an epic, NSFW rumshpringa the likes of which North Texas has not seen since the days when the Cowboys were running the White House. You heard me. So I’m casting about for something to do on Friday. And, lo, comes the included digital flier inviting me to eat and greet and drink with Courtney Kerr and Tori Gonzalez at a joint in Plano called Blue Martini, where patrons are encouraged to “dress to impress and show off your ego!” This is so me. Who’s in?

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