Late Dallas Mayor's 107-year-old Home to Be Reborn as North Oak Cliff Eatery

This time next year, give or take, there will be a new restaurant in a very old North Oak Cliff home -- a home built in 1910 by the former Chief Justice of Dallas' 5th Court of Appeals who would become Dallas' mayor during the Texas Centennial of 1936. For that, you can thank the Dallas City Council and the developer for which several council members had nothing but kind words when blessing his project -- and its parking requirements -- at the end of Wednesday's council meeting.Developer Jim Lake, who helped reshape and remake the Bishop Arts District and the Cedars, bought the residence and the archives of Mayor George Sergeant six years ago from the family's longtime caretaker. And it was always Lake's intention to convert the house into a restaurant -- because, as he told the council, he needed to "make a reasonable return on our investment."But there was one significant hang-up: parking requirements.   Continue reading...

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