Friday, February 1, 2013
J. Pepe’s on Lower Greenville to close its doors Monday
It is unclear whether the backyard pool will survive the change in ownership.
DALLAS J. Pepe’s, the Tex-Mex neighborhood bar on Greenville Avenue, is shutting its doors Monday after 25 years under that name.
Owner Jimmy Bharmao is bringing on a new investor and remodeling the building. It is unclear what type of restaurant will replace J. Pepe’s or whether the owners will keep the pool in the backyard, according to General Manager Raj Pole. He said he is almost certain the name J. Pepe's will not live on.
Pole said the front windows of the bar may be replaced by garage doors to open during nice weather.
The property has a long history in the M Streets, serving as a residential home in the ‘50s and then converting to a restaurant and bar in the ‘80s. The place was originally called Greenville Avenue Country Club and renamed J. Pepe’s in 1987.
Vijay Patel, a J. Pepe’s regular since 1994, said he is "deeply saddened" by the news. He canceled his weekend plans — including a date to see midget wrestling and a Mavericks game — to spend the business' last nights basking in nostalgia.
“This is Cheers for us,” he said. “This is the end of an era.”
The bar will be open for business on St. Patrick's Day, said Pole. (Y'know, for that big party.) However, he could not confirm any pool parties for that day.
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