Ten of the Best Doormen and Doorwomen in Dallas
From a band attacking one of their fans to police in full riot gear, this next bouncer has lived through moments of tension that would cause the rest of us to succumb to our fear. Using kindness instead of his fists to diffuse most situations, Anthony would calm situations with his reason instead of his NFL-linebacker size. "The situation is to determine who's the aggressor," he explains. "I never walked into a situation anticipating or looking for a fight." These days Anthony is fighting a different kind of aggressor: Multiple Sclerosis. "In the back of my mind, I'm thinking that every day would be better," and then his legs quit listening to his brain. "I couldn't stand anymore." He's been living at Parkland hospital since July without medical insurance or the funds to pay for his care. "Hopefully, in a couple of months, I can return to work. I don't know. I might even be able to come back to Deep Ellum."
Sean Leseman - Curtain Club
This guy is a permanent fixture around the Deep Ellum scene, and since 1999 he's been working at the Curtain Club. Sean's graying hair and beard distinguish him, as if he were a sage of the club scene instead of a gatekeeper. "Why does anyone get involved in the bar scene?" asks Sean. "The next thing you know, it's 20 years later." With the passing of the previous age, Sean has seen his fair share of memorable events but nothing like the '99's Y2K scare. "Everybody thought it was the end of the fucking world," he says. "And, of course, at the stroke of midnight the power goes out for 30 minutes." Thankfully, Sean was there to guard the whiskey from the ensuing madness.
John "Beard" Brewer - Formerly Club Dada
The Godfather of Door Guys/Girls and bouncers is as mysterious as the Jedi masters of Yavin 4 (such a crappy name for a planet). Like Sean Leseman of the Curtain Club, Beard's been part of the Deep Ellum scene for 20 years. Six months ago, he left Club Dada. "The word around the campfire," explains Sean, "is Dada didn't want him anymore." They couldn't afford to pay him the salary Beard desired. "So they had a mutual parting of the ways." Trying to find Beard for this article was an adventure. "I haven't seen him out in a while," said one door guy, while another claimed: "The last time I saw him out was after he left Dada and he popped up over at Trees." In fact, door guy after door guy from the Boiler Room to the Room all shook their heads and gave some kind of elusive description that started with "I think" and ended with it, too.
See also:Cruising for a Bruising: The truth about Deep Ellum crime (2003 Feature)