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Saying “Goodbye” to the Elbow Room in East Dallas

I can not believe it is almost May! The month of April has been so incredibly busy especially for a few local restaurants in Dallas. 

Take for example El Corazon de Tejas, a beloved Tex-Mex restaurant in Oak Cliff, that closed its doors on April 30. Another Oak Cliff favorite is Aunt Stelle’s Sno-Cones, which is now closed for the 2017 season. Aunt Stelle’s Sno-Cones has been in business since 1962.

It always saddens me when local, favorite restaurants close in DFW. These businesses add to our communities and leave residents with the nostalgia of good times.

This brings me to the Elbow Room in East Dallas. I have lived in East Dallas my entire life and when I first heard the news of this local dive bar closing, I could not believe it. 

The Elbow Room was one of the best dive bars left in Dallas and it was forced to shut down to make room for a new dental school. In 2018, the Elbow Room would have celebrated 20 years of service. Once a closing date was announced, I knew I had to visit for the last time before closing on April 16. 

While the Elbow Room was a bit busier than usual, there was such a relaxed and happy vibe throughout the entire place.

My friends and I played shuffleboard, enjoyed tasty pizza, and cheap mixed drinks. I was one happy camper!

Before leaving for the night, I decided to walk around to enjoy the Elbow Room one last time before saying”goodbye.” There were so many cool spots inside and outside including a few murals that I will be sad to see go.

Elbow Room, we miss you!


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44 Comment

  1. Reply
    May 1, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    This is so sad. This place looked like a really good time and somewhere a true happy experience. Hopefully there will be another place just as great to make new memories at!

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      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 1, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks, Dylan! The Elbow Room was such a fun place for locals. Hopefully there will be another!

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    May 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    What a shame when local restaurants close especially when they’re not a chain…this place looks like it had a lot of good vibes in the evening and that pizza looks amazing!

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      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 1, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Totally agree, Seppy! It’s hard when unique places close around town.

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    May 1, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    One of my favorite restaurants closed a while back and I honestly felt like a piece of my heart broke! I used to eat there every other day in college so it was hard to say goodbye. At least you will always have the good memories 🙂

    PS I love your blog design!

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      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 1, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      I totally feel you, Courtney! It’s not easy when your favorite place closes.

      P.S. Thank you!!

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    Obi Kalu
    May 1, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    Texas has some neat areas! This looks like a good place and family friendly too!

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      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 3, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Texas really does! Hope you get to visit one day.

  5. Reply
    May 2, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Looks like a wonderful place filled with special memories. I’m sorry that they’re closing. It’s always a bummer when places like this close.

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      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 3, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Totally! I’m glad I was able to visit one last time.

  6. Reply
    May 2, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    It always saddens me to see small, community-centric businesses close – especially ones that offer locals a place to commune together. Hopefully the owners can find a new location and start again.

    1. Reply
      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 3, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      I’m definitely keeping my ear to the ground to see if they open a new location.

  7. Reply
    Jithin Thomas
    May 2, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    It is very sad to see our favorite hangout places closes. Sounds like a great place and you have some wonderful time there.

    1. Reply
      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 3, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      I completely agree, Jithin.

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    Jolene Martinelli
    May 2, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Always a shame to see our favorite places close. We’ve lost a few over the years that just weren’t replaceable.

    1. Reply
      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 3, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Oh no! Sorry to hear that!

  9. Reply
    May 2, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    I love finding local businesses and restaurants which are unique to its city/town. It’s sad that the Elbow Room is closing down. It looks like it was a fun place to hang out. It’s also hard to find a bar that serves food so late like they did.

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      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 3, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      Completely, agree! The Elbow Room had great food and drinks. The pizza I had was really good!

  10. Reply
    May 2, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    So sad to see a place that has been in business for so long shut down. 20 years is no joke!

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      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 3, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Not at all! I really wish they were able to celebrate 20 years.

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    Anh Luu
    May 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Your whole blog is just so adorable!!! I love all your cool experiences ^_^

    1. Reply
      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 3, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Anh, thank you so much!!

  12. Reply
    Keeping Up With Candy
    May 3, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Don’t you just hate when they get rid of the old to make room for the new?!? So sorry your spot is leaving.

    1. Reply
      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 3, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      I totally hate that! This has been a constant theme in Dallas.

  13. Reply
    May 3, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Thanks for sharing about The Elbow Room. It’s always sad when great places close. It looks like such a special place!

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      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 3, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      It will be missed. Thanks for stopping by, Aarika!

  14. Reply
    May 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    This is so sad! Local places are the best and this one looks so cool!

    1. Reply
      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 3, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Yesss! Local places are the best, Jayme!

  15. Reply
    May 3, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Its always so sad when local hangouts close down. There is a such a sense of history and community to these places. I am glad you had good memories and a chance to capture some great photos.

    1. Reply
      Elizabeth Zamora
      May 3, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Daleya, you have a great point! Communities need to do a better job about preserving historical places.

  16. Reply
    May 3, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    It makes me so sad when local businesses close. That’s a piece of history we can’t ever get back…

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      Elizabeth Zamora
      June 12, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      So true, Erica. I’m sad to see the Elbow Room go.

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    Obi Kalu
    May 3, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Seems like a great place with yummy food!

    1. Reply
      Elizabeth Zamora
      June 12, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      The drinks and food were so good!

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    Yeu Doi
    May 4, 2017 at 12:22 am

    So many brick and mortar places are closing it’s sad. Seemed like a great place. Perhaps a better one will take its place.

    1. Reply
      Elizabeth Zamora
      June 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      I know! Seems that there are so many places closing this year.

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    E H
    May 4, 2017 at 12:28 am

    This is quite sad to see this place close! You wrote a great post about this place – maybe too late? I wish you could tell us about it before it closed! Next time be sure to tell us about your favorite haunts – I know you will be telling the best kept secrets of the area maybe, but on the other hand more business may mean a busy place that will stay open – hopefully forever to enjoy! Never underestimate the power of the Internets! I hate when my favorite spots close – always a sad note. Hope you can find another favorite – soon!

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      Elizabeth Zamora
      June 12, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      I really wish I could have blogged about it sooner! It’s such a sad situation overall.

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    Sauumye Chauhan
    May 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    It is quite sad to see old place, y the ones where we used to hang out been shut down. I’m sure you must have a lot of memories attached to this place.

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      Elizabeth Zamora
      June 12, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      It’s a neighborhood gem. I’m sad to see it go away.

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    Only By Land
    May 4, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I wish we had checked out the Elbow Room whilst in Dallas. The look of the bar is exactly what I like when going out! That pizza looks delicious too!

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      Elizabeth Zamora
      June 12, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Oh man! You really should have visited the bar. You would of had a great time.

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    sandy brandon (@FROGrevramb)
    May 5, 2017 at 1:23 am

    I am with you, it always saddens me to see local businesses shut down. Especially when it is something that has history to it. I live in Middle Tennessee, and have seen a lot of places in Nashville that have faced the same as The Elbow Room has recently faced, to make room for larger businesses. I think it is amazing you took the time to honor this business and the memories it has brought you!

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      Elizabeth Zamora
      June 12, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      This is so sad to hear! Lots of great places are closing, but I hope we all remember the good times.

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