As of today, Bolsa will no longer serve lunch. Instead, the West Davis Street favorite will only be open for dinner and weekend brunch. But fear not, lunch can still be found a few steps away at sister restaurant Bolsa Mercado.
I’ll let Nancy give you the full scoop.
If you’re the bookish type like me, you won’t want to miss Bonnie Buckner’s book signing tomorrow at Lucky Dog Books. Admission is free, so you don’t have an excuse to miss it. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m.
Buckner’s book, Dream Your Self Into Being, explores the topic of understanding personal dreams in order to direct your life. Show up for autographs and great discussion.
I am working on a story about Winnetka Heights resident Teri Walker who heads up the Aberg Center for Literacy. During our interview, she chimed in a few times that she is a member of the Oak Cliff Lions Club. I thought the mention of the club seemed a little off since we were talking about her place of employment. After pestering her a few times, she let me in on their little secret: the Lions Club charges members $1 if they speak to the press and fail to mention their affiliation.
At first I laughed it off, but then I realized what a brilliant tactic this is. Whether it’s exposure or a dollar, the club always comes out on top. Well played.
So there you go, Lions. Although her affiliation doesn’t have a place in the story, Teri did do her part. I think you owe her the dollar.
Yesterday, two representatives from Dallas CityDesign Studio pitched their Wynnewood North redevelopment plans to the city council’s housing committee. Brent Brown and Arturo Del Castillo passed around informational flyers the size of playing cards to the committee, addressing some main points of the plans.
Community meetings have also been held to learn residents’ concerns, from parking issues to targeting only certain demographics.
There’s just one hitch: committee member Delia Jasso pointed out that only Phase I (out of III) has funding, as of now. Pick up a copy of this week’s Oak Cliff People to read the full story.
The ceremonial shovels will go into the ground at 10:30 a.m. on March 20, Sylvan Thirty spokesman Cooper Smith Koch said this morning.
I was just finishing up a timeline of Sylvan Thirty’s gestation when Cooper Smith Koch, a spokesman for the development, called to let me know that the March 8 ground-breaking ceremony has been delayed indefinitely due to a scheduling conflict with the mayor. Since I don’t know when the timeline will be published in the paper, here’s a preview.
There’s a new business opening near the Bishop Arts District, and it will be a bookstore that doubles as a cafe and wine bar. The new haunt, the Wild Detectives, will open at 314 W. Eighth St. amid a mix of residences and commercial properties.
I sat down with the investors recently to learn all about the Oak Cliff newcomer. They hope for an opening by late spring, but permitting and zoning plans are still underway, and hours of operation have yet to be determined.
What do you think? Are you excited for the new venture, or would you prefer to keep your entertainment and residence separate?
The ceremonial shovels will go into the ground on March 8, and Mayor Mike Rawlings is expected to attend.
Did you catch our story a few weeks ago about the new co-working space opening next door to the Kessler Theater?
Oak Cliff already has at least two similar spaces, but the Kessler owner, Edwin Cabaniss, has decided to take part in the growing trend. He is renovating a space next to his entertainment venue and will rent office spaces and desks to those who want to get some work done surrounded by their peers.
Tonight, the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce is hosting a networking event in the new space from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Head that way if you’re in the mood to meet and mingle with some of Oak Cliff’s creative minds. Attendees can nibble on snacks and wine while checking out the new space.
The last time I was there it was in the midst of construction, so I am antsy to hear how it is shaping up. If you make it to the event, let me know what you think of the space.
Wednesday, Councilwoman Delia Jasso pitched development ideas to property owners of Jefferson Boulevard. The meeting revealed a seven-point blueprint for Planned Development District No. 316, which is generally bounded by South Polk Street, West Tenth Street, Beckley Avenue, and Twelfth Street.
“No one has opened this in 50 years,” Jasso said of the PDD 316 zoning plans.
The plans include streetcar extensions, bicycle facilities, road completions, and something exciting: a “las ramblas” feature for Jefferson Boulevard. “Las ramblas” involves widening the existing median for two blocks (bound by South Zang Boulevard and South Bishop Street). With that space, visitors are free to walk about, and vendors can open up kiosks, small shops, or restaurants. The most famous “las ramblas” strip is in Barcelona.
Design plans must be nailed down and go through the city council, so construction would not start this year. But Shawn Williams, deputy chief of staff to Mayor Rawlings, pointed out that thousands of visitors will come to Dallas for the JFK assassination anniversary in November. Some Oak Cliff spots are related to the event, such as the Texas Theatre, where Lee Harvey Oswald was apprehended.
“One thing the mayor has asked is that Jefferson Boulevard is presented in a way that’s ready for the thousands upon thousands of people who come to Dallas,” he said.
What do you think? Would you be in favor of a walkable median on Jefferson, or would it make the spot too congested?
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