Cedar Springs Institution Shuttering Doors on Sunday

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A Cedar Springs landmark will be serving its last rounds of mimosas and eggs Benedict this Sunday. The Bronx Café, which has resided near Observer headquarters at Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs for almost 35 years, has been sold to the adjacent Warwick Melrose Hotel. Co-owner Jess Gilbert told us that he and partner Howard Jacks decided to sell the property a couple of months ago so both men could retire. The deal was finalized this week, and the hotel has given them until next Wednesday to vacate, according to Gilbert, who also added he doesn't know what the hotel will do with the property. Sunday brunch will be the last service at the restaurant, and at 3 p.m. the doors will close. Gilbert and Jacks will hold a private party for friends, family and special guests at 4 p.m. "[Gilbert and Jacks] started Cedar Springs," longtime Bronx employee Jamie Carmen says, "The restaurant is an institution in this neighborhood. It's just a really bad dream."

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TG
TG

so is there no acknowledgement here that this story was broken by the Dallas Morning News?

twinwillow
twinwillow

Really sad to see the Bronx go. Although I didn't eat there all that often, I knew Jess before he opened the Bronx. He actually started out in Dallas owning a lady's shoe/sportswear store called Piccadilly in Highland Park Village back in the mid sixties. I was selling him shoes back then.But from their point of view, this is an excellent opportunity for them personally. I wish Jess and his partner all the best of luck.

Elizabeth Bair
Elizabeth Bair

TG- The restaurant called the News, Voice, us and other publications all at the same time. I wrote my story right after I was contacted- around the same time the News story went up. I don't decide when the blog goes up, but by default, I guess you can say the News "broke" the story.

Elizabeth Bair
Elizabeth Bair

I agree, Twin, this is a great opportunity for Jess and Howard. If you get a chance, stop in for a drink or lunch.

Markdfw
Markdfw

I know the building is ancient...does it not have some historical significance?

TG
TG

well then there is SOMEONE they did not call! ha

Elizabeth Bair
Elizabeth Bair

I looked it up too, but did you see a previous owner/tenant? I couldn't find that on DCAD

Markdfw
Markdfw

just looked it up on DCAD -- it says it was built in 1935, but it seems way older than that.

Elizabeth Bair
Elizabeth Bair

I'll find out, but I do know an interesting tidbit- Stephan Pyles worked at Bronx early in his career

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