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That Whole "Club Dada Being Shut Down For Two Months" Deal? Uh, Nevermind. (Again.)

According to Dada co-owner Ben Tapia, last Friday, the day after we posted this item saying that Dada was going to be closed for two months, his venue was visited by a Dallas Health Department official. And, upon checking out the venue's work to clean its behind-the-bar scene, the offical gave the space a clear bill of health.

Meaning what, exactly? Well, for one, the venue stayed open through the weekend, hosting events on Saturday (a KNON benefit) and Sunday (performances by David Garza and John Lefler) nights.

"We're open," Tapia now says. "We still owe some tax money, but hopefully that will be settled in the next few days." He also says all debts have been paid to the TABC, to Dada's alcohol vendors and to Dada's landlord, Westdale.

And, says Tapia, the venue plans on staying open for the foreseeable future, old claims of shutting down for the next two months be damned. Well, at least that's the hope.

"Stranger things have happened," Tapia says with perhaps a newfound sense of realism. "So, who knows? These last six weeks have been crazy."

(Given the back-and-forth-and-back-and-forth of Dada's state in recent weeks, no one will blame you if you take Tapia's statements with a grain of salt.)

Still, Tapia is quite candid about a few things thing: He says his venue is currently speaking with potential investors (although he won't say who he's in talks with or where those talks stand), and he says that he regrets the way he's managed certain aspects of his business of late.

"Of course I do," he says.

Regardless, though, Tapia says things are finally settling down at the long-running venue.

"There are a couple unresolved issues we need to take care of, but other than that, it's business as usual," he says. "It's been a pretty stressful past six weeks."

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