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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 9, September 1973 - File 022. 1973-09. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 4, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3693/show/3689.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 9, September 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date September 1973
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript VILLA FONTANA ENCORE match. Memories! ! ! TJ.'s strong as ever. The indefatigable Margaret, owner of T.J.'s seems to have one of those magic qualities that put and keep a joint together. From the beginning, T.J.'s has been more than just a Gay Bar to her, as Margaret set about to prove that Gays not only will patronize a girl-owned bar, but will like and respect the gal that owns it, even if it is 100% a bar for boys. That point over the years has been proven. And through the years, from the day when hand-holding and beer-only in Dallas, afforded the most to offer, to the present day when dancing mixed drinks have made the scene, Maragret herself remains unchanged. Simple in speech, kind of country, as she describes herself, she still personally cleans or helps clean the joint every day. Does the ordering, works the door, ans still manages to get out to the other bars to play with the patrons and friends she so gracefully serves atT.J.'s. This place is about as uncomplicated as a bar can get. It's rough in appearance, but clean, modest in decor, but clever, and appeals to Gays of almost every walk of life. People don't seem to worry about much at T.J.'s when they get there, because everyone, it seems, wears their hair down here. And that, I would suspect, accounts for the place's success. Located on McKinney in Dallas, TJ's has never displayed a sign, and has always managed a good relationship with its neighbors. Parking up and down the street and around the near corner, and behind the lounge, afford plenty of parking ease. Margaret is bestknownasaper- son whose word is her bond, and has established this reputation over the years in her dealings with her "kids". One person was quoted as saying: "If she said so, it's so! And I'll punch anyone in the face who says outherwise. Margaret doesn't lie." Almost all the bar owners in Dallas will agree with that too. The lounge, therefore seems to be a reflection of her personality to some extent. An honest atmosphere. No artificiality. The smiles behind the bar and at the door are sincere, and the attitude pervades throughout the room. Business is good here. And will continue!!! Remember the good old days? Well they're still around in Dallas, in the guise of the Villa Fontana on Skiles. Modestly decorated with carpeting throughout, basket woven chairs, a full patio with sprinkling statue-fountain (a Dallas Gay- Bar landmark), the Villa reflects its maturity gracefully. Softer music, little buffets, varied clientele, this old gal of a lounge still has that bit of nostalgia that brings fierce loyalty and support from young and old alike, as it seems this is Dallas' "institution". The growing pains during the opening of the many clubs which in earlier years were not around, caused the grand old lady of Bars some suffering, but true to form, revived itself and remains very Coining an old expression, The Room in Houston, and recently of much alive and successful. Open Encore, like the Phoenix, has risen the Houston Landing?) who some - 7 days a week, this bar has an from ashes to become one of Dal- time include that heavy-pouring appeal no other club in Dallas can las's most exciting and versatile Poppa himself. clubs. Originally dubbed the Entre' Dancing - gaiety - laughter- Nuit when it first opened its doors music, food and buffets, games, some time back, the club was gutted easy accessibility, (only one block by fire and closed for sometime, from Central Expressway offHen- During the interim an insurance derson) and cruising, must be the settlement delayed there-opening, reasons for the Lounge's success, and Tex and Joe relocated to the Parking is virtually unlimited, site where the present Entre' Nuit and located not far from Ron- is now located on Skiles. Having sue's, TJ's, and almost a direct ii then sold out to Bill and Ray, the Encore became the new name at the old site, and is now operating full swing. And swing best describes the place. A huge dance floor, surrounded on Lemmon show down Henderson-Knox puts you close to the Entre' NUIT, the Villa, the Baths, or in the other direction, easy to reach the New Club, the Mark Twain over by nine large mirrors is bordered at the far end- by a draped stage, and tables and chairs on deep pile blue carpeting. The furniture is attractive; the chairs blue and the tables free of tablecloths The Encore will feature live entertainment, Bands and the like, and on occasions will provide shows. A new patio is planned for the rear of the building (through the gleam in white and wood grained back door) that will be approxim surfaces. The customary candles ately 25 by 50 feet and covered adorn the tables. The Bar area is covivial and large, accommodating approximately 25-30 seated, with ample standing room for at least 100 more. And this seperate area, although only part of the main room, seems to have an intimacy all its own. Mirrors abound at the bar, with signs plastered over the register, enumerating the many coming ev- by the original Blue Umbrella Canopy which housed the Toga Bar; this patio promises to provide delightful surrounding for lunches, buffets, etc. Featuring mixed drinks, the Encore has HAPPY HOUR daily 1-7 p.m. with bar drinks only fifty cents and draft beer fifteen cents. Well respected in the Dallas Community, the Encore has certainly become one of the city's finest bars. It is located at 4615 ents. Tex and Joe, known for many Mckinney Avenue in Dallas years as Momma and Poppa, are no new-comers to the Dallas- Fort Worth Scene. Years back they have operated among other notable places, the Toga, Elvira's (Accountable for the go-go craze), the El Toga, etc. Having had many problems in the past due to the fire at the present location, it seems that almost miraculously the two have bonded old friend- the MARK TWAIN THE MARK TWAIN - The newest addition of culbs on the Dallas scene, the Mark Twain, has heightened the business beyond its ships and draw a heavy crowd to highest expectation, according to a place that is totally new inside Frank Caven, its owner and operat- showing no scars of the past. or> The game room is located to the rear of the building allowing much greater light to play by, and causing no discomfort to the other patrons. Predominating is an early Evenings at the Mark Twain begin earlier than most bars, attracting a good cocktail hour group; this perhaps because of its convenience and ease of location on crowd of under twenty-ones who Lemmon Avenue, love to dance under the strong The decor speaks splendidly but music, and somehow blend in js not overdone, and therefore, closely with the over thirty group When one feels the coat and tie manning the barstools. atmosphere, it is only just a feel- If one were to pick a name to ing; blue-jeans abound. describe the club, it would have to be the "Rendezvouz", for so many people not seen for so long, now seem to headquarter here. The crowd feels the warmth of the establishment from the moment of entry, with good will exuding from the Bar-Tenders exuding from the Bar-Tenders (Remember Tommy of the Red Bob Scott temporarily assigned as Maitre'D, can be remembered as a Houston radio personality whose talent for meeting people is only exceeded by his employer, who seems to combine an awesome energy into making people feel warm and comfortable as soon as one steps foot into the Club. THE ENCORE, 4516 McKinney, Dallas, celebrated its first Anniversary by having a gala party August 26th. The festivities included the live entertainment of a special guest artist, the fabulous "HELENA" a pianist and vocalist formerly of Shreveport, La., and New York City. Free champagne and draft beer were given away and the festivities drew a very large crowd. The Nuntius along with the many Gay Bar owners and their patrons join in honoring that event and congratulating Tex and Joe in the success. Best wishes for the coining years. Aside from the decor, the ventilation is beautiful; on the hottest nights while the club is packed (and that seems to be a standard thing at the M.T.) it is always cool and free of smoke. A fireplace speaks for the air conditioning power, for it burns brightly all evening imparting a warm living- room feeling to the place. Along with the usual "teasers" the Mark Twain offers up in soliciting business, it serves up an unusual Sunday. For example, for $1.50 on Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m. you get all the draft beer and delicious steak sandwiches you can eat. Also unusual fare on Mon- days is the ITALIAN DINNER served from 6 - 9 p.m. for $1.25. Each day special prices are offered during cocktail hour from 4-7, To add to the glamour of the Mark Twain is the very sophisticated piano bar, on the SECOND FLOOR; complete with entertainer and full bar. Lavishly decorated this area is now open to the public. Coming soon will be a huge patio, complete with its own bar, a-la-old Bayou Club days. Service here is excellent, and one can't help wondering where Frank is able to find such competent and good looking help. Perhaps that accounts forthemassive business the place is now doing. Congratulations Dallas. You've done it again. Elegance and simplicity under the heading "MARK TWAIN". Page 21
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