Static: Wednesday, November 5, 2003
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Coffee-Colored Blues

The Coffee Haus in Sundance Square, a popular local hangout for musicians, chess players, poets, and artists, seems to have finally bit the dust. The door’s locked and the windows are covered — but that has not silenced various rumors swirling around town about what took it under. Ex-employee Bobby Zanzucchi was at work there when a police officer and some suits showed up to shut it down. Zanzucchi said they taped up a notice saying the closure was due to unpaid taxes, but no such notice was visible when Static checked on Monday, and the IRS isn’t saying whether the suits — or the taxes — were theirs. What does seem clear is that the lease of the space by Coffee Haus is over. (Static was told months ago that the landlord, Sundance Square Management, was ditching Coffee Haus franchise owner Tom Gingrich and bringing in Starbucks.)

In the meantime, regular Coffee Haus customers are in mourning, complicated by caffeine withdrawal. Fan Wendy Hall said she and others would meet Tuesday night at another downtown watering hole to decide where to move their java-and-jive allegiance. As usual, neither Sundance management nor Gingrich returned Static’s calls. It’s enough to drive you to Nescafé.

Hauling out the Hardware

If the Katies Awards dinners get any longer, the Press Club of Dallas is going to have to start offering breakfast Jacks in addition to dinner. But who is Static to complain? Fort Worth Weekly staffers and freelancers — including a couple of dudes who violated their religion to put on ties — were among those who trekked to Addison (why, Lord?) and ponied up $75 a ticket (ditto) a couple of Saturdays ago and then voluntarily sat drinking for hours just waiting to see whether the emcees would mispronounce their names as winners. Eleven nominations and thousands of hours later, the Weekly table decamped with four of the weighty-lady statues. Betty Brink was a repeat winner in the Best Writer Portfolio category and took home a matching paperweight for best series, on sexual misconduct at the Carswell prison camp. Gayle Reaves’ deconstruction of city computer woes won in the government/political category, and freelancer/author Dan McGraw took honors in sports feature writing for his explanation of why minor-league sports are major business. Static apologizes for not waiting for results of the “Corporate Communications: Printed Media Kit” category, but this way at least we got out ahead of the fistfights. Those PR types get so uncouth after a few martinis.


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