You know that nagging sense that people cooler than you are having more fun than you at a place youâve never been to? Yeah, thatâs been happening for the last couple of weeks at the Soda Bar on the roof of the just-opened NYLO hotel in the South Side development in the Cedars neighborhood just south of downtown. (By the way, Soda stands for South Dallas.)
At last weekâs grand opening, boldface names gathered around the rooftop pool and inside the poolside cabanas, where they looked up at the lights of downtown beckoning like the Emerald City.
NYLO actually opened up for paying guests more than two weeks ago without telling anyone.
âThe hotel people wanted a soft opening,â says South Side developer Jack Matthews. âSo, we just had the mayor down here to cut the ribbon and they said, âHey, thatâs not soft enough.ââ
Mayor Mike Rawlings and his wife, Micki, returned for Wednesdayâs party, along with newly married art professional Jessica Olsson Nowitzki, political consultant Carol Reed, civic mover Regen Horchow Fearon, businessman Stephen Giles (without his news anchor wife, Clarice Tinsley), as well as Chris Heinbaugh, former chief of staff to Mayor Tom Leppert.
At NYLO, the cabanas, indoor-outdoor bar and blue-tiled waterfall make the Soda Bar the locus of action.
âIt was hopping the second day we opened,â says Matthews.
Dirk Nowitzkiâs bride of not quite two months, Jessica Olsson Nowitzki, brought two British friends to the NYLO opening: art curators Paul Missing and Ed Bartlett.
On Sept. 22, Jessica and her pal Anna-Sophia van Zweden will chair the RE: DEFINE art auction and gala at the Goss-Michael Foundation, benefiting the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.
Missing and Bartlett are curators for RE: DEFINE.
Nonna draws big name
Those nondescript GM SUVs usually foreshadow that there is a Bush close by. Last week, it was former first lady Laura Bush dining at the Italian eatery Nonna on Lomo Alto at Lemmon Avenue.
âGossip Girlâ star
Hometown hunk Chace Crawford does make it back to Dallas. Heâs on the cover of the September issue of August Man magazine and was spotted in a box at the U.S. Open.
Back in Texas, he has signed on as celebrity host for the 2012 Rock the Red Door benefit at the House of Blues. The Oct. 25 party is the annual fundraiser for the Cancer Support Communityâs Young Leadership Board.
It should give the Gossip Girl star a chance to visit his new nephew, Hawkins Romo, son of his sister, Candice Crawford Romo and Tony Romo.
The Last Word
âA woman can look both moral and exciting â¦ if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.â Edna Ferber