Ronnie's Catfish & More is delicious. How delicious? This delicious:
According to Dallas police, a man walked into the Ronnie's location on Red Bird Lane at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday. "What can I get for six bucks?" he asked.
He ordered a two-piece catfish basket ($4.69 plus tax, includes fries, pickles, peppers, and Texas toast). He paid in cash. He gave his name as J.D. Then, he pulled out a handgun and ordered the cashier to give him all the money in the register.
The cashier said she couldn't do that, but he was welcome to take whatever was in the tip jar, which was $3.
J.D. took the money, then he waited. He stood there while the cashier called the store's manager, who told her not to hand over any money, and he waited while the manager called 911. He might have waited until police arrived, but his catfish basket was ready.
He took it and left, pausing outside Essence Beauty Mart to try the locked door, then heading east.
Dallas police arrived not long after, but a search of the area turned up no one matching the man's description. Essence Beauty Mart did have a surveillance camera, however, which gave police a clear picture of the man. They note in their report that he "appeared to be under the influence of drugs."
Or perhaps he was just intoxicated by the scent of Ronnie's Catfish.
Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.
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.