Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dime Store

The Woolworth opens with a built-in 100-year history


A long time ago, in a discount retailer not far away, merchandise was sold for a nickel or a dime.

The year was 1913 and in the heart of pre-prohibition downtown Dallas a discount store called F.W. Woolworth opened its doors. The building, unlike many historic masterpieces in this city, is still standing and enjoying a brand new life.

Tomorrow, The Woolworth opens in its namesake structure. Use the actual address to get there via GPS, but look for the Stone Pl. walkway to find the actual entrance. Otherwise, you'll be banging on the door of a friendly insurance agent for no reason.

Take the stairs to the second floor and walk into a light and airy space filled with comfy furniture, red brick walls, and crisp white tablecloths. At one end, a fireplace and full library.

But don't let the fancy digs fool you. The food here is priced appropriately cheap. That means $2 pot roast tacos, $4 truffle fries, and $10 New York Strip sandwiches (if you're feeling Rockefellerish).

The views are spectacular and the Bacon Bloody Marys are stiff.

Lucky for us that Prohibition thing never stuck.

The Woolworth
1520 Elm St., Downtown
(214) 814-0588

Price: 2 (out of 4)
Best Bets: Pork rinds; lobster fondue; the "Hangover"; Smoke and Spice tequila cocktail
Parking: Meter; Nearby parking garages
Nearby: The Joule Hotel; Espa; Weekend Coffee

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