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Dec 10, 2021

Axios Dallas

Happy Friday! Hug someone you love.

🌞 Today's weather: Ugh. It’s still unseasonably warm.

🎵 Sounds like: "Parting Glass" (The High Kings version)

🏃 Situational awareness: The Dallas Marathon is Sunday. Be aware of traffic and street closures.

Today's newsletter is 845 words... but who's counting? — a 3 minute read.

1 big thing: A beloved Bishop Arts bar is closing

The Wishing Tree in front of The Local Oak. Photo: Cormac West for Axios

This weekend, a beloved neighborhood bar in Bishop Arts is closing its doors forever.

  • The block occupied by The Local Oak and Ten Bells will become another new apartment complex.

Why it matters: The Local Oak has been a fixture in North Oak Cliff for a decade, especially popular among local residents and the service community. Now it’s another establishment that did not survive Bishop Arts’ redevelopment.

  • Ten Bells will relocate to a new spot one block over, on Eighth Street.

What’s happening: Dallas-based developer Alamo Manhattan is planning to build a $43 million mixed-use project that will include 10,000 square feet of retail space and more than 200 apartment units.

The irony: These popular pubs have been a key part of why Bishop Arts has become the kind of place where developers want to put giant apartment buildings.

What they’re saying: “The Oak Cliff neighborhood will always be a part of my extended family and has allowed me to grow not only as a business, but also as an individual,” TLO owner Alycen Cuellar told Axios. “It has been a pure joy to meet so many wonderful people and see so many families grow over the last decade gathering together!”

  • The Local Oak will have a goodbye party Saturday and a last-call brunch Sunday.

What we’re watching: Cuellar is starting a new business in 2022: Chef Crafted Kitchens, which will focus on catering, special events and artisanal culinary products.

Our thought bubble: The Local Oak was Mike’s favorite bar for years. It’s been the setting for birthdays, book-release parties and countless random get-togethers that have gone deep into the night. This feels like the end of an era.

2. Our winters are getting warmer
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Data: Climate Central; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

The warm weather we’ve had this month is actually part of a trend. Winters in Dallas are less and less winter-y, according to new data.

  • The average winter day is 3.5 degrees warmer now than in 1970.

The big picture: Winter is the fastest-warming season in most places, per data from nonprofit news organization Climate Central, which translates into the disruption of rhythms in the natural world.

  • Scientists say these changes could lead to "mismatches" between pollinators and crop cycles.

What’s happening: In general, the cold times of year are warming faster than the warmer-weather stretches, but this does not mean that we won't have Arctic outbreaks and major snowstorms from time to time, reports Axios' Andrew Freedman.

It does mean that the winters most of us grew up with are no longer a reality, and the odds of cold winters in much of the country are declining over time.

3. 😎 The Axios Dallas Weekender

Maura Losch/Axios

🤠 Be not afraid to get to the honkytonk and see Charley Crockett perform at Billy Bob’s Texas.

  • Doors open at 6pm Friday. Crockett takes the stage at 10pm at 2520 Rodeo Plaza in Fort Worth. Standing room tickets are $20.

⭐️ Attend “Black Nativity,'' a show inspired by Langston Hughes’ retelling of the nativity story.

  • 8pm Friday and Saturday at Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Dallas at 215 South Tyler St. Tickets are $20 in advance.

🎨 Pay reverence to a new art exhibition opening at the South Dallas Cultural Center. SoFar Sounds will be featured as well.

  • 5pm Friday at 3400 S Fitzhugh Ave. Music lounge opens at 8pm. The exhibition is free. $22 for the show.

🚜 Leave the week’s rat race and hop in a human hamster wheel at the final weekend of Christmas on the Farm in Aubrey. Christmas trees will be for sale.

  • 12-9pm Friday through Sunday at 1042 W Sherman Drive in Aubrey. $15.
4. 🗞️ Burnt Ends: Bite-sized news bits

This horse can't get enough Axios! Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

🦠 A lab in Frisco says it’s identified the Omicron variant in two North Texas patients. (CBS DFW)

⚖️ A 20-year-old Mesquite man was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison after his conviction on animal cruelty charges for killing two puppies. (NBC DFW)

📚 The Texas Education Agency is investigating Keller ISD after a complaint about library books with “sexually explicit content.” (DMN)

☎️ Gov. Greg Abbott created a hotline for employees in Texas to report vaccine mandates. (Houston Chronicle)

🚔 Fort Worth police are investigating the death of a baby found in a carport. (WFAA)

💬 Quote du jour:
“If we don’t get our act together as a state and as economic development policy gets rethought, we could miss out on dozens of major projects.”
— Tony Bennett, president and CEO of the Texas Association of Manufacturers, on the state’s multibillion dollar corporate tax incentive program ending in 2022. (Texas Tribune)
5. 🌇 Pic of the day: Justin Terveen’s sunset

Photo courtesy of Justin Terveen

This month has had some weird weather, but the sunsets have been unbelievable.

6. One cocktail to go: The Local Oak's old fashioned

We've seen a lot of these through the years. Photo: Michael Mooney/Axios

This week's drink shoutout goes to The Local Oak’s old fashioned, one of the best in Dallas. It’s warmed us on many occasions.

What to order: Old fashioned — made with George Dickel Rye, elderflower, fresh orange and bitters

Where: The Local Oak, 409 N. Zang, Dallas

Cost: $11 (Priceless)

Pro tip: Get one this weekend or miss your chance forever. It pairs well with good friends.

Six word review: Simple, basic, classic. Get it neat.

🤔 Know a drink we should try? Hit reply and let us know.

Our picks:

🥃 Mike is raising a glass to an old friend.

🎽 Tasha is sad to miss this year’s race but wishes all the runners luck.

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Editor's note: It's me... I'm counting 🧮