Monday, June 20, 2005

Belly Bar & Grill

The space at commerce and crowdus, in the heart of deep ellum, is a beautiful old brick bldg that deserves a good tenant but can’t find the right one. In the ‘90s it was a tapas bar (who remembers the name). Then it was Texadelphia, then Tex’s Taphouse. Hmm wonder what the emphasis was there. Two wks ago it became Belly Bar & Grill, whose logo is the image known as the mudflap girl, and whose website touts it as follows: "mediocre food, so-so service, but … the hottest waitresses in dallas!" Right on to the tongue & cheek tone; good to see new biz in deep ellum; but hope the burgers, cheezsteaks, and "dirty bird" fried-chick samwiches aren’t mediocre. The owners are a pair of lawyers; the chef previously worked at that well known foodie spot the Men’s Club.

2801 Commerce St. (214) 969-0905

21 Comments:

At June 20, 2005 12:56 PM, Blogger Ron said...

To meet EEOC silhouette guidelines, perhaps also post:

www.mudflapboy.com

 
At June 20, 2005 1:04 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I'm gonna guess the name of that T&A joint was Ketama. What do I win?

 
At June 20, 2005 1:05 PM, Anonymous mocha java said...

don't suppose they serve malts?

 
At June 20, 2005 1:08 PM, Blogger TG said...

twistedlink appears to be confusing "tapas" with "topless"

 
At June 20, 2005 1:12 PM, Blogger TG said...

ron, xlent! "mudflapboy", who knew! (not me.) i've never seen that image on any 18-wheelers

 
At June 20, 2005 1:18 PM, Blogger Ron said...

Keep your eye peeled for the NYC-LA truckers. You know, the ones who go both ways.

 
At June 20, 2005 1:21 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

Ha. Well there's no confusing ta-tas and topless.

I had the opportunity to visit that place whilst "helping" a girl who worked at a now-extinct pizza place on the corner make a delivery. The door keeper wouldn't let me into the dressing room, so i stood around and watched a girl perform a listless pole dance for nobody and 2 or 3 hoods wearing colors play pool in the dark. Kind of a scary place.

 
At June 20, 2005 1:21 PM, Anonymous bipolar negri said...

or maybe look for female truckers

 
At June 20, 2005 1:24 PM, Anonymous The "planO guy" said...

WOW, the MEN's CLUB had food?

 
At June 20, 2005 1:44 PM, Blogger Mickey Mouse said...

Oh man, do I remember that bar -- here's a picture.

The times I had before I hooked up with Minnie! Donald the duck, Frank Sinatra and I used to cruise the strip, wink at the broads and love 'em and leave 'em.

Holy shit, man, those were the days. That was just after that Disney creep just fucked my life up forever. So I drank a little. So friggen what?

 
At June 20, 2005 2:15 PM, Blogger TG said...

all comments are welcome at NYCE, but i'd just like to reiterate that the original posting is about a location in DEEP ELLUM. corner of commerce & crowdus. used to be a TAPAS bar. not to be confused with a TOPLESS bar. thank you

i seem to remember one of those clubs - was it the men's club - that was always touting its "4-star cuisine"? so is the men's club kaput?

 
At June 20, 2005 2:29 PM, Blogger Mickey Mouse said...

No, I think the topless bar was more near crowdus and july Alley.

Man, I'm hungry.

 
At June 20, 2005 2:31 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I don't remember any topless bar that serves tapas in Deep Ellum.

 
At June 20, 2005 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TG, mayb you could do poor marilyn monroe a favor and offer her a nice blouse. she doesn't look too comfortable in that "top"

 
At June 20, 2005 6:10 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

tg:
this is one of your least edifying postings. i realize the crude and immature jocks are taking it away from you, as could have been expected. but the question is, would you publicize a business that humiliates and treats as a commodity an ethnic person? i know you wouldn't.

even as a woman's libber who got my creditionals in the late '60s, i've been guilty of similar lapses, so i am not blaming you. just making a comment.

to mickey: mm wouldn't have given you the time of the day

re the topless bar in deep ellum, I remember one that was on a back street -- one block over from elm, a few doors down from that kinda funky mexican restaurant news people used to order from (tho I abandoned it after visiting and finging all the menus stick with salas. get confused on direction in deep ellum, but it was in the block that abuts the baylor parking lots. i never went there -- to the topless bar -- of course.

 
At June 20, 2005 6:33 PM, Blogger TG said...

i think twistedlink is trying to be funny with his insistence on the presence of a topless bar in deep ellum. let's hear it for testosterone

do i care about this new place itself? no. but am always transfixed by the changes and (de)evolution of deep ellum as an entertainment district.

am also curious about these many places going up against hooters (ker's winghouse, twin peaks in lewisville). is there really an expanding audience for more of that, i wonder?

 
At June 20, 2005 7:06 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I did actually read that first post as "topless" bar, which is quite funny to me. But i'm TOTLLY against this mudflap boy.

what was/is the name of that mexican joint. it was good. Ortega's?

 
At June 20, 2005 7:33 PM, Anonymous ms. ery said...

ortega's sounds right, and i really liked it at first, but if you read my posting despite the mispellings, i went in one day and the menu they brought me was all tacky with congealed salsa. just never could get into it again.

tg: twisted isn't just being funny. there used to be either a strip or topless bar in deep ellum. as said earlier, it was one block over from elm, in line with ortegas and the baylor lot. deep ellum hasn't been deep ellum for a long time.

re your question about expanding audience: i am sorry to say the answer is probably yes. there will be one as long as the press focuses on sex. (i sound like a prude. would you believe i was once a bunny girl? was a hoot, but the smarmy quality i sense today is different. not that hugh and his brother keith, who was the bunny trainer, were all that boy scout.)

the nyt had an article last week on the disappearance of middle-brow america. as bad as that name sounds, it simply meant people earnest about trying to learn a bit more about culture. i confess i had that desire; it made me read a lot of good books.

 
At June 20, 2005 8:50 PM, Blogger TG said...

i suppose we can blame the press, but that makes them seem smarter than they are. i prefer to blame madonna, who i think single-handedly reversed all the great things '60s feminism brought.

as for the deplorable situation on this series of comments, i'm skipping over madonna AND the press and laying it at the feet of twistedlink. when in doubt, blame twistedlink. unfair maybe, but that's the way it's gotta be

 
At June 20, 2005 9:27 PM, Blogger Twisted Link said...

I'm happy to take the blame for anything and everything. It means I have more fun. Hell, Hooters was MY idea.

 
At June 21, 2005 8:57 AM, Anonymous ms. ery said...

tg:
you can't blame only madonna or twisted. lots of things in society have changed in the last 50 years. the one that amazes -- and worries -- me the most is that americans have become so super religious, or so they tell the pollsters. you'd think that if we could put a man on the moon, people would put a little more faith in science.

 

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