Club Schmitz, One of Dallas' Best True Dive Bars, Could Get Gobbled by RaceTrac

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The Schmitz burger
First the terrible news as reported by the Morning News: Club Schmitz may very well be bowled over by the neighboring RaceTrac. The giant gas station/condom dispenser is conducting a feasibility study with an eye toward expansion of their location on the corner of Harry Hines and Webb Chapel. If they do expand, they'll buy Club Schmitz, and they won't be purchasing the famous dive bar for its greasy burgers.

The feasibility study should be completed in June, and if Race Trac decides that an expansion of the location makes sense business wise, they'll likely make Club Schmitz an offer. And if owners Bob and Leonard Schmitz like it, then 68 years of cheap burgers and beers come to a conclusion.

This isn't the first time Schmitz has dealt with infringing property issues. When DART's green line expanded, practically cutting across the bar's front yard, both the owners and their customers wondered how the elevated rail would affect business. Dive bars are supposed to be on the other side of the tracks, not under them.

According to some die hard regulars, business was heavily impacted by those train tracks, at least at first. Things picked up again, but it was never as busy as it was before. That may be more reflective of slowly declining business over the last few decades. The regulars say that 20 years ago it was hard to get a stool at Club Schmitz. Now there's always one free, and you should grab it while you still can.

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j_angel180
j_angel180

Oh no I hope they don't sell love their burgers.

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

I've been Schmitz-faced many times there.  Always got great service.  Hope they resist the urge to sell.

ClamBasket
ClamBasket

This would be a travesty. Been going here since you could safely roller skate around Bachman Lake. Seriously - How many other food establishments have been around in in Dallas for almost 70 years?

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

In all the years reading CoA, I can't recall a single review or shout out to Club Shitzs................Stroker's is just down the street; better beer, better burgers, better beats, better babes, better bikes!



The owner's don't have to sell,,,it isn't like they are losing their lease.....no loss to the food scene in Dallas, IMO.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

I loved Club Schmitz when I worked in that area!  Total dump..........one LESS place for normal people. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@CitizenKane  


What are you talking about?  The two are night and day......it's like comparing pizza and steak!  CS was a place you could have a drink without some abhorrent +sshole, with his hat turned backwards, tell you about his kick ass life........even though said +sshole lives in his mom's basement. Every time I hear the "unch unch unch unch" (getting louder as it progresses) and look over and see the +uckhead with his hat turned backwards, it makes me want to live in a tent in the Ozarks! 


Besides, 90% of those people at Stroker's are playing dress up, like the the guy that lives next door that dresses like Lance Armstrong; even though the guy next door weighs 600 pounds! 

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