The Stage Door Restaurant: Elm Street’s “Home of Lox and Bagels” — 1965-1968

by Paula Bosse

stage-door_youtube_1966A Reuben sandwich sings to me, like a siren to a sailor… (click for larger image)

by Paula Bosse

Why does Dallas have so few delis? Here’s one that seemed to be pretty popular in the 1960s: the Stage Door Restaurant and Delicatessen (and bakery), located at 1707 Elm, between the Palace Theater and the Dallas Athletic Club. It opened in June, 1965 and lasted until the end of 1968 (when it was replaced by a restaurant called King Beef). I doubt there was any connection with the famous Stage Deli in New York, but manager Milton Stackel certainly had kosher cred of his own, having worked for twenty years at Grossinger’s, the legendary Jewish resort in the Catskill Mountains. I’m not sure how he found himself operating an eatery in downtown Dallas, but I’m glad he was here.

To any Milton Stackel-like entrepreneurs out there reading this:

DALLAS NEEDS DELIS!

Authentic Jewish delicatessens!

Please!

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Dallas Morning News, June 3, 1965

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DMN, June 3, 1965 (click to see larger image)

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DMN, June 4, 1965

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Texas Jewish Post, Dec. 23, 1965

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DMN, Nov. 24, 1965

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DMN, Nov. 25 1964

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Texas Jewish Post ad detail, Dec. 23, 1965

The restaurant and the bakery had different addresses — the restaurant was at 1707 Elm and the bakery was at 211 N. Ervay. The old five-point Live Oak intersection (seen here a dozen years earlier — the Stage Door would later be between Lee Optical and Haverty’s) confuses things a bit, but it appears that these businesses were in two separate buildings.

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1952 Mapsco

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1966 Dallas directory

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Elm Street, 1966 Dallas directory

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Top image is a screengrab from a YouTube video, here, containing footage shot downtown by Lawrence W. Haas on Memorial Day, 1966.

Click pictures and clippings to see larger images.

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