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The Elbow Room Will Soon Close Its Doors to Make Way for a Dental College

The dive bar’s end has been a long time coming

So long, The Elbow Room
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Last summer, it was reported that longtime East Dallas watering hole The Elbow Room could be forced to close its doors as it was squarely on a piece of real estate that the Texas A&M School of Dentistry deemed necessary for its development. The owners of the bar fought back, but now it appears as if that fight is over.

CultureMap reports that The Elbow Room will close its doors in the coming days as the University plans to demolish the building that houses the bar. Owner Rosalie Nagy told CultureMap’s Teresa Gubbins that the bar was in search of a new space near Swiss Avenue, but were ultimately unable to secure a lease.

Nagy’s fight with the dental college has been going on since the middle of last summer, when it was reported that the university planned to initiate eminent domain proceedings if The Elbow Room’s landlord refused to sell the ancient Dallas building. It doesn’t appear that Nagy has lost hope, though, saying that she will keep the bar’s sign “just in case” she manages to find a new spot.

Ahead of its final day of service on April 15, the bar will host a “fire sale” and serve up plenty of cheap booze. If you’ve got tons of memories at this East Dallas bar, maybe you’ll be able to score a brick or tchotchke to always remind you of the drunken good times at The Elbow Room.