I don’t think I’m alone when I say that The Green Room, at one point, was my home away from home. For someone young and living in Deep Ellum, you couldn’t ask for a cooler place to grab dinner and hang out. Best described as “rock and roll meets fine dining” (the two things in life I really geek out about), The Green Room was originally opened to be just that – a place to feed the artists playing at the owner’s live music venue next door. So naturally when I heard that the Deep Ellum institution was reopening its doors after an almost four year absence, I jumped at the chance to head down there for the first official night of service.
Upon arrival, my best friend Gabby and I immediately took note of the buzz of activity on Elm Street – and this was a Tuesday night. The Bone (yup, they’re back too) and La Grange were alive with Dallasites enjoying good food, cold cocktails and live music. Runners and cyclists flew past us on the street while others were casually walking their dogs. We agree: people are starting to feel safe here. And they should. Two police officers stood strong in front of the Green Room doors to put patrons at ease–they will have a uniformed presence until nerves begin to settle –and valet parking will be available shortly. It’s beginning to look like Deep Ellum is finally making its deserved comeback. (more…)