4

Club Dada To Close For Two Months Due To Health Inspection Violations, Renovations

Well, that didn't last long. Shortly after re-opening its doors this week, Club Dada is now closed again--and this time, says co-owner Ben Tapia, the place looks like it will be out of business for at least two months.

"We are closing," says Tapia. "This just happened. The health inspector came in and, the fact of the matter is that everything in this goddamn building is so old and rigged that we're passing every inspection by the health inspector's."

The concern on the health inspector's part: The old, rusty equipment and refrigerators--some that have been around for 20-some years--still used behind the bar. Problem for Tapia is, as much as he cleans the rust off those machines, they're just too dated to run up to health inspection standards--and, worse, they're expensive to replace.

"Right now, for us, [fixing those concerns] is financially impossible," Tapia says. "But it's embarassing. It needs to get fixed."

This issue, coupled with the club's TABC dealings in recent weeks, has brought things to a tipping point, though; for now, Tapia says he sees no option but to close the club for at least two months, and possibly begin working on renovations to the club's entire layout. But Tapia's especially frustrated about the decision.

"I'm fucking fed up with the state of this place and what people are saying," he says. "I've been on the phone with lawyers all day and I'll be calling [the bands that had been booked to play the club in the upcoming weeks] soon. Then we're gonna stop and make some decisions. But, for now, I've had it. This is bullshit. We're gonna get this place done right once and for all."

As always, we'll keep you posted.

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.