What Do You Remember About the Corner of Lovers and Greenville?

Before Central Market was built on the corner of Lovers and Greenville ten years ago, that spot was occupied by LouAnn’s nightclub, the “hub of the Dallas dining scene.” Performers like Lawrence Welk and Jimmy Reed use to bang up the stage with their music. Plenty of you, I’m sure, have stories to tell about this corner – stories that you may or may not remember, depending on how many Regal Beagles you had back in the day. So, to honor the 10th anniversary of Central Market, we’re asking you to tell your story in the comments down below.

Jump for the rest of the 10th anniversary celebration.

Central Market’s 10th Anniversary celebration also begins next Thursday on September 20. Chef Cat Cora, the first female winner of Iron Chef, will be in the cafe signing her cookbooks from 5-6 p.m. before teaching a class at the cooking school. (To sign up, go here.)

For the Stroll Around event, the press release says:

On Friday, September 21, the store will host a two hour ‘stroll around’-style food and wine tasting. Each ticket holder will kick off the evening with a glass of wine with a commemorative wine glass in the 10th Anniversary tent, then stroll the store to sample around two dozen bites and sips of locally made products, meats, cheeses, sweets and specialities from our Chef’s Case while enjoying live music. The evening wraps with a glass of Champagne in the Cooking School as guests decorated two chocolate truffles with a variety of finishing options. Each attendee receives a loaded goodie bag crafted just for our fellow foodies – because we all know, after 10 years, that heading home from Central Market means the deliciousness is just beginning! Tickets are $25, available via the Cooking School web site on centralmarket.com.

There’s also going to be a big band celebration on Saturday, September 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. to recapture the spirit and soul of LouAnn’s. Tickets are only $10, which includes the price of light snacks.

Browen Weber of Frosted Art will be there on Sunday for a free cake and ice cream social. It’s a great event for the kids, especially when there are balloon animals involved.

Don’t forget to post your favorite memories of the corner of Lovers and Greenville.

36 comments on “What Do You Remember About the Corner of Lovers and Greenville?

  1. I worked at the Tom Thumb at lovers & Greenville cash checking line would be so long on Friday nights we had so much fun working there.

  2. As a starving college student at SMU, Confetti’s happy hour was our sustenance. Until my roommate “fell asleep” at the bar and we had to leave…

  3. Confetti’s and of course Tom Thumb. There was an excellent mexican restaurant in that same corner — can’t remember the name. Those were the days!

  4. confetti’s on a monday night in the mid-80s was one of the first places you could go to hear “alternative dance” music – basically, what is now known as “retro” today. before that, there was good ol’ monopolies. some crazy late night pizza place i think was back in there somewhere. in the late 80s, club a came along with their unforgettable sunday night disco event – studio a. i really loved that corner in the way back when days.

  5. Playing backgammon and getting smashed at Elon. Eating hot dogs at Poochie’s. Burgers at The Point. Great Chinese at Hunan Restaurant. Dating a bartender at TGI Friday’s.

  6. I do remember Elan very well. Boogied all night. Well, at least until they turned on all the lights at 2:00AM. Then it was on to JoJo’s for breakfast and checking out the ladies that didn’t get picked up that night before the clubs closed.

  7. The Central Market footprint is large and had many things at once on it. As a child I remember seeing Lou Ann’s from driving with my parents along Central Expressway, because there were no buildings between Central and Greenville Avenue along that pocket, and the freeway was “at grade.” So Lou Ann’s was easily visible from Central. The place, a wood structure, burned a lot but always reopened. Joe Ely once told me that an early gig of his, junior high, was he and his band driving to Big D from Lubbock to play Lou Ann’s. He was, like, 14 at the time. Later, a newer building on the site held a restaurant, Kitty Hawk (where I worked in high school), which was later converted into Confetti. Kitty Hawk was Larry Lavine’s first big venture in the restaurant biz before Chili’s, if I recall. In the early 80s there was also a hot tub place — not sales, mind you, but usage! Yes, hot tub rooms with an hourly rate. They swore they emptied ‘em between paying customers. It lasted about 20 minutes, until the ickiness of the very notion set in. Part of the Central Market site also housed a strip club in the 80s, although not the Fare, which was farther south. This one was part-owned by the brother of Stan Albeck, the then-coach of the San Antonio Spurs. Oh, and of course the strip center that was owned by (I think) Tony Todora’s family that had one of the “Point” bars. It was in there, too.

    Other than that, Officer Shih, I don’t know a thing.

  8. don’t remember the name of the place right on the corner. but you could get a private room with a hot tub! went in mid 80′s. lots of fun

  9. I’m surprised nobody’s mentioned Cowboys… was Confetti’s after Cowboys, or before ??? Spy Club came later, late ’80s. But nobody has mentioned Cafe Dallas (half the Dallas Cowboys would show up after games to drink and disco) or Whiskey River, or Yellow Rose, Diamond Jim’s, Belle Starr … all booming in the post-Urban Cowboy madness. But Club Elan (now Office Depot) you had to have a membership card and it was full of all the bling-bling, champagne and co-aine popular in that era. Glad I survived.

  10. @Jackson: I wanted to mention Larry Lavine’s incredible Kitty Hawk restaurant but, I didn’t think anyone here but myself was old enough to remember it. I used to date one of the girls in Larry’s office. That allowed me to skip the long lines to get in at the original Chili’s on Meadow at Greenville.

  11. Bumps before Cowboy and Confetti. Elan, Mimi’s, Cafe Dallas, Ichabod’s, Whiskey River, The Pawn Shop, Daddy’s Money, H.P. Cassidy’s, Tthe original Mariano’s, an original Friday’s, La Bare, The Tub Club, Wycliff Point. The best area of Dallas ever!

  12. I remember going to the orig Beagle. Next door was Showtime Gentlemen’s Club and we saw a distinguished gentleman – about 6’4″ in a blue suit leaving with a 5′ lady in a Little Bo Peep costume, shepherd’s crook included. Another fantasy fullfilled!!!

  13. First Club I ever went to was Lou Anns in that corner. I was probably 14 but looked 18.

    Then, Confetti was there, I worked at Elan, a private club across the street and I was sent over to Confettis to give out free memberships to good looking girls. Kinda wierd, but women couldn’t afford private club memberships so the sales team from Elan were sent over to Confittis to find women for the wealthy men members. We were to rate them from 1-4 in looks and 1-4 in personality.

    Then of course there was La Bare! Near naked men dancing on my leg! My first trip was quite intoxicating. After that I began to notice that the women in line to give the male dancers $ were usually fat and toothless.

    Tub Club also was there – never went – seemed icky!

    The Orchid club (I think) took over Lou Anns before Confitti took over.

    Yeah, I think about that corner sometimes when I pass by!

    And the Tub Club.

  14. I thought Cafe Dallas, or it’s nick name – Cafe Smegma was in Old Town across the street somewhere close to where World Market is now!

    Yes, and Tom Thumb was where you would go to see the most handsome men!

  15. I thought Cafe Dallas, or it’s nick name – Cafe Smegma was in Old Town across the street somewhere close to where World Market is now!

    Yes, and Tom Thumb was where you would go to see the most handsome men!

  16. You mentioned the Big Band presence at LouAnn’s, but for most of us 60′s veterans, it was known as THE premier rock club… all the greatest North Texas bands played there at one time or another. That’s common knowledge but it bears repeating. The Nightcaps, the Five Americans, Floyd Dakil – all the late 50′s / early 60′s wave of bands – then the next wave of bands that were more inspired by the British Invasion, like the Chessmen, etc…too numerous to mention.
    - Jeff Beck played a more-or-less private concert at LouAnn’s for all the Dallas area musicians and their friends. We have photos of that somewhere on our Trinity River Music Facebook page. And we even recently unearthed a recording of that concert!

  17. LouAnn’s was our go to place in the 60s. LouAnn Bovis ran the door and was everyone’s mom. We grew up there-dancing, hanging out with our friends. When the Alcohol Control Board came to check, advanced notice gave us a chance to smash into the bathrooms until it was safe to come out. It was all good fun, not that many of us underage kids drank and if we did, LouAnn would never let anyone out the door to drive. Most of us were there for the music. I had my 1st soul experience there listening to Jimmy Reed-still listen to him at age 64. You haven’t lived until listening to “Bright Lights, Big City Went to MY Baby’s Head” or “Take Out Some Insurance on Me Baby.” It was all great fun-we fell in and out of love, danced really close and “English Leather” was the cologne you wanted your boyfriend to wear along with his Senior Ring on a chain around your neck. Woodrow, TJ, Bryan Adams, Jesuit, Hillcrest-all schools hung out together. It was the best of times growing up then. I would love to go back in time for a night and be at LouAnns!!!

  18. Going into Lester’s for some gumbo and seeing the dancers from La Bare next door(men) and from Don’s Showtime across the parking lot (women) come in to pick up food to take back to their respective clubs. Always a good show.

  19. Louanns started out in the late 30′s as a drive in restaurant. Both my mom and Dad went there before they knew each other. It was owned by Lou and Ann Bovis. The name was derived by the combination of the two first names. As it’s polularity grew – so did it’s ambition and soon walls went up and it became a club selling food and drinks indoors and with the pouular entertainment of the day. It also had a seldom opened patio area at the far east end. I was born in 1950 and my parents went there frequently and in fact became engaged at the club one evening. I believe Lou Bovis Sr. died sometime in the late 1950′s or early 60′s. During the late 60′s when I was in a band, we were fortunate to be booked frequently in the club and one summer were the house band. They paid decent money. We became close all the staff including Ann and her eldest son Phil who was actively running the club for his mom. The served pretty decent food though most came to drink and it was BYOB. There were lots of pint bottles sold in those days. The other Bovis son, Lou, often sat in and played with my band and others on the clubs own Hammond B3. The family lived further east on Lovers past Abrams where it turned into a narrow dirt road and dead ended into a section of Northwest Highway. The club was a great place, always full of activity and great music and it was a safe place because Ann insisted on it. Don’t know that I ever remember any fights, well not on the inside, and you didn’t peel out in the potholed gravel parking lot for fear of tearing up you car. I remember hearing when the club itself was sold to Larry Lavine, Ann leased the whole land property for 99 years to a developer? Larry Lavine remodeled it and I remember seeing it all festooned with stuffed animal heads and the like and unfortunately it looked nothing like the old beloved Louanns. Then – before long, it mysteriously burned to the ground, which was also unfortunate but, without Ann Bovis and with the new interior – it would never be the same – and another terrible thought – we might never have had Chili’s. There needs to be a plaque memorializing the location for those who missed a wonderful establishment and part of true Dallas lore.

  20. My name is David Dennard and I used to play bass in a band called The Novas from 1965-1968. We used to play private parties at LouAnn’s back in the late 1960s and we performed on both the man stage (built-in) as well as on various portable stages in the east part of the building, which could be sectioned off as a private rental area.

    Some of the wild high school parties we played there were as wild as some of the frat parties that I played at in college in later years. By 11:00 PM people were crazy drunk, dancing the “Dead Rat” on their sides in the middle of the dance floor which was covered in spilled beer, Coke and Seagrams Seven, broken glass and sometimes blood and puke (hey, not experienced drinkers yet!). By the end of the night the room was totally trashed, the entire floor was wet from spilled alcohol, we’d had numerous uninvited “guest singers” on stage with us to sing “Louie Louie” and boys and girls (particularly girls) were being hauled out of the place and dumped into the back seats of cars to be taken who know where. Who knows what new life began in the parking lot of LouAnn’s after those debauched evenings.

    The inside of the club after a night like that looked like the burning of Atlanta scene in “Gone With The Wind”. LouAnn’s was a notorious place for Dallas to really unwind and go wild. My parents even went there when they were dating and going to SMU after WWII. Same story, from what I heard.

    And then there was the time Seab Meador and I met the entire Jeff Beck band (Beck, Stewart, Wood, Waller) at LouAnn’s and hung out with them there for the afternoon…

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