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Prohibition is closed. (photo by Carol Shih)

Prohibition in Downtown Dallas is Closed

Prohibition, the cocktail bar that opened following Eddie “Lucky” Campbell’s departure and the Chesterfield’s demise, has been abandoned for the last week or so. According to a bartender next door at City Tavern, it’s been closed a couple Saturdays already. Its Twitter account, however, posted its last tweet on March 22.

The bar, which opened July 2013, was supposed to be a mid-1920s lounge with a straightforward menu. Ed Bailey—who clashed with cocktail magician Campbell toward the end of the Chesterfield’s life span—reconceived 1404 Main Street along with operating partner Desiree Medellin. Booted out of the business he helped started, Lucky Campbell moved on with consulting jobs. Now he is opening his own spot in Uptown called Parliament.

The bartender next door thinks the bar has been sold to The Adolphus Hotel, but Medellin, who says she parted ways with Prohibition in late January, isn’t sure what’s happened to it.

“There were some pre-existing issues that needed to be resolved before we moved forward,” she says.

A consulting chef, Billy Webb, who worked at Prohibition from August to November 2013, also hints at problems that may have caused the lounge’s shutdown.

“They weren’t really getting that much business,” he states. Lunch service never really took off, Prohibition went through several new managers, and it simply wasn’t the same without the hoarse-voiced Lucky Campbell, who drew in downtown workers like bees to honey.

Update, 3:55 p.m.: Eddie “Lucky” Campbell would like to say a few parting words.

I am incredibly disappointed by the entire situation. The Chesterfield was my dream and I feel like I worked my entire life to create it. After Ed Bailey illegally removed me from operations, I have not been notified or included in any of the ongoing affairs of the business, even though I still remain an owner. I love Downtown Dallas and miss all of our Guests.

4 comments on “Prohibition in Downtown Dallas is Closed

  1. Does anyone realize that their Twitter page is linked to a former manager’s Facebook page? Looks like he’s been drinking everywhere BUT Prohibition! I miss The Chesterfield. Can’t WAIT for Lucky’s new bar to open!!!

  2. I too miss the chesterfield and Lucky. I live a block away, it was my favorite place to go to. SAD FACE

  3. Dear D magazine:

    I suggest that prior of posting an article, you get more current and accurate sources.. Lucky was never involved after the closing of chesterfield due to his alcohol problems and giving the house away. And Chef Billy was a phenomenal food consultant, but he never really took part of the finances, nor he was aware of what was going on. So neither one of them had any idea of Prohibition’s current situation. Prohibition closed because the lack of vision and consistency from both owners. Ed Bailey thinking with his dick instead of with his brain, allowing his long-time stripper lover Desiree do as she pleased. Firing people left and right and hiring complete idiots every other week and spending outrageous amounts of money on stupid things and parties. Changing their mind every other day based on unrealistic goals and expectations. Driven by money hunger they started refilling premium bottles with well liquor and taking shortcuts left and right. After losing their dish washer they never bother to get back the proper kitchen sanitation. They were desperate.
    Finally after hiring the biggest idiot Freed Barragan, a bartender from Kismet to manage the place, they lost their best staff and service went down. Reviews went to the ground and bad reputation started spreading. They stopped opening for lunch, which was a violation to their lease agreement. After months of fuck ups they finally couldn’t hold anything in place. This is the real story of prohibition. Not the bullshit you guys posted. Until today, I respected you as a reliable magazine.

  4. First Chesterfield. Now Parliament. I guess a guy with a cigarette voice and a nickname like “Lucky” has to dance with the one that brung him. Best of “lucky” to him!