Polar Bear Ice Cream building on Zang damaged in storm

Photo courtesy of Scott Chase

A kitschy 1930s building on the radar of neighborhood preservationists sustained damage in an overnight windstorm.

Polar Bear Ice CreamA big chunk of plaster work on the old Polar Bear Ice Cream shop, on Zang near Colorado, came down in the storm Monday night. The building, most recently Lupita Cafe, was built as a hamburger stand either in the late 1920s or early 1930s, according to the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League. The league put it on its list of endangered architecture in 2010.

Firebird Restaurant Group, the parent company of El Fenix and Meso Maya, owns the building. We put a call into Firebird’s real estate office but haven’t heard back yet.

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  • right you are, noticed rope or chain marks on the two sides…..and roof access is easy to get too, the over property is large with the large ice cream factory inback that is abandoned….the over land value is 400.000, why do i say all of this, had my first ice cream there in 1962….

  • I think this saddens everyone who grew up in Oak Cliff. The new owner would really score some points if they spent some money to fix this place up to it’s former glory. It would be so nice to be able to go there to get ice cream again.

  • The City Planning Commission did not draw Polar Bear into the boundary so it is not governed by the ordinance.

  • This is how developers are getting around the demo moratorium. Demolition by neglect can happen overnight and doesn’t need a 60-day waiting period.

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