Work begins on Oak Cliff mayor’s house, restaurant to come

Photo courtesy of Heritage Oak Cliff

A house built in 1910 for the first Dallas mayor from Oak Cliff is under construction after more than a decade of neglect.

Jim Lake Cos. won their case last year to turn the house, on Zang at Neely, into a restaurant despite a lack of parking. The property only has enough space to park about 22 cars.

Once the renovation is completed, Lake intends to offer it up for lease to a restaurant. The property is located on the streetcar line, and it’s adjacent to the corner of Zang and Davis, where 600 apartments currently are under construction.

George Sergeant, the 1936 Dallas mayor, is said to have served lemonade on the home’s front porch to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt when they were in town for the Texas Centennial.

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