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Public safety issues in and around Lower Greenville

"I left my nut on the bar room floor..."

A Lower Greenville bar patron shot himself in the crotch while sitting at a bar, then went home and called the police, claiming someone else had shot him. DPD was able to prove his story was fabricated when they found parts of the bullet, a testicle, his penis, and some flesh on the bar floor.

While this may sound like the first verse of a bad country-western song (is there such a thing as a good country-western song??), DPD officers swear it is absolutely true.

Of course, it takes a long time to tell the story because they are laughing too hard while repeating it. BD won't name the bar since they should not be associated with someone so stupid.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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Audit letters lost in the mail???

It's been nearly three weeks since the City announced a first step in trying to bring law and order (and code enforcement) to Lower Greenville - the dreaded bar audits (see - City plans audit of restaurants, DMN November 1).

Various city officials flapped around and told anyone who would listen that letters would be sent to at least ten bars within a week. BD even timed his Open Records Request for copies of this letter to go out last Friday.

But the letters seem to have been lost in the mail. According to not only bar owners who may be on the list, but also bar folks who talk to their neighbors on the street, not one of these dreaded letters has found their way to anyone's mailbox.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Dallas City Hall
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Top 12 Audit Q & A's for Lower Greenville Scumbars

Within just a few hours of the City's announcement of plans to audit scumbars on Lower Greenville to figure out who was legitimate and who was bogus, the rumors (and fears) were flying all over the street. BD fielded dozens of calls from bar owners who previously would not even acknowledge having his phone number, let alone that he was finally right.

BD had to stifle the urge to yell I FRIGGING TOLD YOU SO to any bar owner or City official he spoke to this week. BD has been preaching the Gospel of Bar Audits for nearly five years. It would be nice to get just a little credit for the idea from our esteemed City Council representative or anyone else at City Hall. Don't even go there with me.

A few of the bar owners were also snitching out their competitors as places for the City to audit. Nice going, guys.

In order to provide a one-stop source of information, BD has put together his own Top 12 Audit Questions & Answers for Lower Greenville Scumbars.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Dallas City Hall
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Blue Fish Restaurant: Hazardous to your health???

When the DMN wanted to interview scumbar owners about the City's new crackdown on phony bars, they were harder to find than a legitimate restaurant CO on Lower Greenville.

Owners of several restaurants likely to be targeted by the audits declined to comment Tuesday, saying they feared retribution. Others along the entertainment strip called the audits unfair and said they're yet another example of the city punishing Greenville Avenue establishments.

So the reporter turned to legit operations on the other end of Lower Greenvile for opinions. That included the folks at St Martins (who used BD's favorite phrase about Lower Greenville - level the playing field); WFAA interviewed the folks at Hurricane Bar and Grill.

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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City targets bars in restaurants' clothing

Dallas: Officials say some are skirting rules; some owners call audit unfair

By EMILY RAMSHAW / The Dallas Morning News

Is it a bar, or is it a restaurant?

To patrons, it may not make a difference. But to Dallas officials, it's a crucial distinction as they try to referee growing friction between residential neighborhoods and entertainment districts.

Starting this month, Dallas auditors will demand to check the books at some of the city's hottest drinking and dining venues, including several along popular Greenville Avenue.

Under state law, venues making 75 percent or more of their sales from alcohol are considered bars and are subject to restrictions. City Council members – led by District 14 representative Angela Hunt – believe some Dallas proprietors are fudging their books to look like restaurants, to avoid the thorny permitting process required for bars.

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Dallas City Code / Audits of Mixed Beverage Sales

From the BD archives:

City issues citations to Lower Greenville scumbars (November 2004)

Bars fail to get injunction on No Smoking Ban, or It takes a kitchen to make you a restaurant (March 2003)

Blue Fish closed for health/sanitary conditions (November 2004)

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville