News Around The Neighborhood – January 1, 2017

Courtesy of the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate, these news briefs are excerpted from stories originally published on

ginger-manFood news this week: One watering hole closes while a new smokehouse opens

The Ginger Man will be shuttering its operations in Lakewood this week, according to CultureMap. The bar, known for its extensive selection of beers on tap and up-stairs patio, will celebrate Christmas Day and then close its doors.

The site was once home to neighbor favorite Angelo’s, which offered rich Italian staples for 21 years, helping to define Lakewood’s restaurant scene, until it unexpectedly closed in 2013. The Ginger Man, a Houston-based chain with another location in Uptown, opened in 2014, lasting only two years at the high-profile site on the corner of Gaston and La Vista. There’s been no word on what is coming into the soon-to-be-vacant spot — calls to Greenway Investment Company, which own the building, were not immediately returned.

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white-rock-airportPast and present: White Rock Airport

When a schoolteacher crash-landed in a cotton field at Buckner Boulevard and John West Road, it inadvertently launched White Rock Airport in 1941. With the beginnings of a runway already carved out, Curtis Parker and M.D. Reeves created a 120-acre facility that housed a 2,450-foot runway and dozens of hangers filled with single-engine planes. Many neighbors learned to fly there, including Curtis Musgrove Sr., pictured here with his son Curtis Musgrove Jr. in the 1970s. The airport closed in 1974, after which Fox & Jacobs bought the land to build homes, many of which are still standing today. The once-open space remains tightly packed with houses now.

norman-alstonPreservationist who helped save the Lakewood Theater honored with architecture award

Norman Alston loves history, and is particular about protecting it. The architect has a unique specialty in finding preservation solutions for historic — albeit sometimes-decrepit — buildings and houses. Take the Lakewood Theater. Before Alston came along, owners Craig Kinney and Bill Willingham weren’t too keen on the idea of protecting the iconic theater they bought in 2007. They were fearful preservation status would prevent them from changing the structure to make it more attractive to potential tenants. Alston saw another option, one that would allow the owners to make significant changes to the building’s layout while protecting all of its historic elements, such as the murals painted by famed “Dallas Nine” artists and Woodrow Wilson graduate Perry NicholsAlston was hired on to help the owners through the preservation process, and in September of this year, the Lakewood Theater became a protected landmark.

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