DOWNTOWN DALLAS — I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the Dallas Grand Hotel. I spent my first three weeks in Dallas living there -- my publisher at the time had a barter account. Later, once D Magazine had moved to Commerce Street, the hotel's watering hole, "Gatsby's Bicycle Bar" was the closest gin mill to our office. And even though the place was going downhill fast, they had a decent appetizer buffet.
And as I got into the business side, I got us a barter account there. (Hmm, perhaps if they took cash they might have stayed around.) And there were some interesting parties at the rooftop pool when we had guests in town.
The building, vacant for six years, has become quite the Downtown Dallas eyesore. So I'm thrilled to learn, via Randall Turner (via Mike Davis) that a California investor has bought the hotel and a couple adjoining buildings with plans for a comeback.