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