Apr 05, 2021

The Hidden Door store is open for friends to get their gear and be ready for our reopening.

March 25, 2021

We promised to keep you updated on the Hidden Door’s plans for reopening:

On March 24th Dallas County reported 270 new cases and 21 deaths.  Danger from the Virus isn’t over.  And, we fear another wave as people lower their guard.  Nationally cases are up over 10% from the past week, and that’s before the numbers from Spring Break arrive.

Please understand and respect, our policy is simple:  we won’t reopen until we believe its safe for the Hidden Door family,  both employees and customers.  We don’t think it is, and likely won’t be till mid-June.  Unless the numbers go back up we’re hoping for a grand reopening on June 16, 2021.  The hours we’re open may be adjusted.  That’s Tony Bobrow’s birthday, we’ll have a cake and special prices.

When we reopen all the Hidden Door staff will have had both shots at least two weeks earlier and will have rehearsed the precautions we’ll require in the bar.  We don’t yet know what they’ll have to be.  

Dallas County recently lowered the Danger Level from Red to Orange.  In the Orange zone, the risk of Virus transmission is considered moderate. People in high-risk groups or older than 65 are still urged to avoid in-person activities, and precautions such as mask-wearing and social distancing should be taken by everybody when in public.

A number of activities, such as attending entertainment events and going to the movies are still discouraged and should only be considered when physical distancing is possible, according to the county’s guidelines. Shopping trips should still be limited, and getting meals to-go is preferable to dining in restaurants.

Check in with us regularly,  we’ll report our progress.

Please,  get the shots and be safe!

Harvey Meissner
President & General Manager

Bobrow Trust, said, “Despite our being closed for much of 2020, we’ll continue this annual $250,000 donation and will be adding more in smaller donations during the year. Tony Bobrow left us well-funded, and the needs of our community are greater than ever.”

Since Bobrow’s death in February 2018, the trust he established has donated almost $1.3 million to non-profits. Profits from the bar Bobrow owned, Hidden Door, now go into the trust. Although the COVID-19 pandemic kept the bar shuttered since last spring, Meissner said, “The days are quickly getting longer, more UV rays are reaching the earth, and we’re moving our social activities to the outside. The Hidden Door crew has carefully observed precautions and are rapidly getting the Covid 19 vaccine. We hope to be open during the summer, enjoying the largest patio in Oak Lawn.”

The Hidden Door has undergone remodeling during the months it has been closed. “We’ll reopen only after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission tells us it’s safe. Optimistically, that’ll be sometime this summer or early fall. That will depend in part on how well all of us use precautions and get the vaccine,” Meissner said. “We’ve said before, we’ll never take a chance on harming any of our customers or family.”

When Hidden Door was open last year, Meissner said, “about 20 cents of every dollar spent at the Hidden Door was given to the trust for future contributions. While the Anthony Bobrow Trust will continue its donations regardless, it will be great to visit with the Hidden Door family again.”

Watch the Hidden Door Website for the latest information.

— Tammye Nash

Thanks to Leo and Tammye and the Dallas Voice!