As Tim wrote Tuesday morning after the Cowboys loss to the Redskins, there’s no reason to freak out about a 6-2 start to the season. But at least one Cowboys fan couldn’t control his emotions after Monday’s loss. Actually, he basically tore apart his entire apartment (including ripping a kitchen counter clean off the cabinets) in a display of pure fan anguish that is surely fueled by alcohol and, frankly, kind of depressing to watch. Imagine what this guy would have done after Game Six if he was as big a Rangers fan as he is a (drunken) Cowboys fan. Deadspin has the (language NSFW) video.Full Story
Saturday night, after dropping a friend at her swanky Main Street pad, I decided to head over to Highland Park Village for a bit of merry-making. This would require cash. Luckily, a strip shopping center with plenty of free parking (and, most importantly, an ATM) was right on the way, located at the corner of Pearl and McKinney.
As I whipped in to the parking space in front of the bank, I observed three bewildered-looking, well-dressed middle-aged men standing in front. A rough transcript of our conversation follows.Full Story
Have you heard anyone refer to the Stoneleigh Hotel on Maple Avenue as Le Méridien Dallas? I haven’t, thankfully. Just like when the Melrose Hotel on Oak Lawn was rechristened with a corporate name — in that case, the Warwick — local tradition has remained important enough that ownership had to maintain the historic moniker.
I understand why these hotel operators feel the need to place established brands on their acquisitions. They want to reassure out-of-town visitors who’ve stayed at their other properties, but who are unfamiliar with Dallas, that they will receive the same quality of experience they’ve had in other cities. It’s the same reason that McDonald’s continues to do big business — familiarity counts for a lot with consumers. Why risk eating at a mom-and-pop burger joint that may not be any good when McDonald’s is right down the street and you know precisely what you’re going to get, as mediocre as it might be?
So there’s financial sense in enticing guests to book a room at Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh (the property’s mouthful of an official name). But I don’t have to like it, and neither should you. It dilutes and degrades the sense of place that the hotel built over the decades — even after its major renovation in the mid-Aughts — to paint it as just another link in a chain. Good for business, bad for the soul.
I feel this loss even more painfully after re-reading A.C. Greene’s November 1977 story about the prevalence of recently separated and divorced men living at the Stoneleigh. It’s one of the 40 greatest stories ever published in D Magazine.Full Story
A good time was had by all, I believe, at last night’s Best of Big D party at the Rustic. DJ Sober and Sam Lao were great. The drinks flowed freely. Much food went into many mouths. And so on and so forth. But I will tell you this: before the front moved through, it was a little steamy. The meteorological conditions occasioned my favorite moment of the night:Full Story
1. You’ll get a sneak peek at some of this year’s winners in our annual Best of Big D issue.
2. Guests will enjoy complimentary beer, wine, cocktails, and same menu items from some of the best bars and restaurants in town.
3. DJ Sober and singer Sam Lao will perform.
4. The Rustic is a swell place to spend an evening eating and imbibing outdoors.
5. There’s a Jackopierce concert right after the party.
6. You can get 20% off an UBER ride to and from the event with the promo code ‘BOBDAL.’
7. Tickets are only $50
8. Tickets are only $65 if you want to attend the Jackopierce show too.
10. You know you don’t have any better plans for 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 23.
So get your ticket now. While they’re still available.Full Story
On Monday night, Sir Richard Branson dropped into town to address the latest front on the airline war, Virgin America vs. EveryoneElseThatWantsThoseGatesAtLoveField. The airline hosted a party at The Rustic in Uptown Three of us—me, Cristina Daglas, and Glenn Hunter—attended. Each of our individual thoughts follow. One common thread between all of our thoughts: tequila. There was a lot of tequila.Full Story
A friend of a friend was at the game last night in Chicago, where the temperature was 8 degrees. He set his beer down for a bit, and this is what happened to it.Full Story
Did you watch the premiere episode of Courtney Loves Dallas last night? Neither did I. But I did DVR it. Here is my recap.Full Story
On one side of the wager: Cristina Daglas, noted Chicago native and devoted Bears fan (aka the interloper who stole my job away from me). On the other side of the wager: me, noted wagerer and wearer of old Marion Barber Cowboys jersey on game day because it gets me 10 percent off my grocery […]Full Story
If you’re paying attention, you probably know the name Richard Patterson. He’s a Dallas-based British painter of some renown. Periodically his words wind up in our pages and on our sites. Here’s something he wrote about seeing a priest in Fort Worth climb into a Jaguar. Here’s something he wrote about Jim Schutze’s “culture mob,” […]Full Story
Careful readers and alert FrontBurnervians know the name Wylie H. He is a longtime, astute commenter in this forum and others. He came into prominence recently when the Morning News revealed that Mike Snyder was engaged in sock puppetry on behalf of Museum Tower. Some of that puppetry was aimed at Wylie H. If you’re […]Full Story
Redneck Heaven, the Dallas-area breastaurant chain that recently prompted the city of Lewisville to change its definition of nudity, is getting its own “reality” series on MTV this fall. Above is a first-look video that the network posted online today. Jesus wept.Full Story
Business Insider posted three maps (one of which you can see above) from the nonprofit Tax Foundation that show the widely varying tax rates our 50 states place on beer, wine, and spirits. Texas is on the low end of all three categories.Full Story
Yesterday, news came that the restaurant at the George W. Bush Presidential Center would be named Cafe 43, in honor of Bush’s presidential lineage. The restaurant will open May 1, and will be open to the public, not just ticket-holding center-goers. “That’s what Mrs. Bush wants,” George W. Bush Foundation president Mark Langdale told the […]Full Story
Had to decamp our tent at the Dubliner for Saturday’s Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. So, we’re heading north toward Lovers Lane to find a spot to call home for the next 18 hours. The front-row parking spots on the west side of Greenville between Lovers Lane and Yale are pretty much a done […]Full Story