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A Visit to Bishop Grill

by Permanent Posies on September 18, 2010

Many of you Dallas-ites enjoyed great and memorable meals in Rosemarie’s and Gennie’s Bishop Grill in the Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff.  I understand all the patrons were very sad to see the Grill close it’s doors in 2005 and felt that the owners, Rosemarie and Gus, were part of their family.  Patrons that were around when Rosemarie’s mother, Gennie, owned the grill felt like their mother’s kitchen was closing for good.  The last few weeks, these patrons came daily to taste the Southern down-home cooking in the fresh vegetables bought at the Dallas Farmer’s Market and the homemade pies, breads and Southern traditions such as Chicken Fried Steak and Meat Loaf.  They paid homage to an era of eating great food with owners who had become such great friends.

Well, last week, I went to visit Gus and Rosemarie down in Clifton, Texas with my parents, who were some of those patrons who became friends.  In 2005, after retiring from the restaurant business, Gus and Rosemarie bought an old mechanics shop in the small little town of Clifton and restored it to an apartment and garage where Gus could restore old cars (his business is Big Boy’s Toys).  After they completed this project, they bought the old bank building across the street and made it in to an awesome residence.  This was quite a change from the hustle and bustle of Dallas but now they call it home.

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I thought I would share some of the photos she graciously let me shoot of these two lovely places.  Here is Gus and Rosemarie today standing beside the old telephone and marquee, along with the various restaurant awards and framed articles that all came from the walls of Bishop Grill.  Also, they are standing next to one of the booths.

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Rosemarie kept some of the kitchen appliances and made herself a mini-grill so that when the family came down, she could still cook a spread.  Everything in this quaint kitchen came from the Bishop Grill

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The sink is the original sink that her mother started with when it was Gennie’s Bishop Grill.

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Now let’s go across the street to the bank building, which is now their home.

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Here is the counter at the bank that now goes in to their kitchen.

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Ok….this is the bathroom door.

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So, this is in the closet and is the door that leads to the old bank vault.  The second photo is the actual vault, though the door was removed and carried off long before they bought the building.  So, they have a curtain hanging in place of the door. 

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Here are my parents and Rosemarie and the next is a painting of the old grill, painted by one of the patrons who wanted to give them something to remember.

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The downtown area of Clifton was sort of closed down until Rosemarie and Gus bought this bank building but soon, others followed suit and now, there are many quaint little stores in the old restored buildings.

While there, my precious step dad bought me one of the Bishop Grill Cookbooks…of course, signed by the owner.  In the next few weeks, I will be presenting some of those recipes, after I try them out myself.  If you want to buy one of these cookbooks, you can contact Gus and Rosemarie at rmhclifton@earthlink.net .  In it is every dish ever cooked at the restaurant and I can’t wait to try some of them.

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Oh, and by the way, I was actually in Clifton to see my painting “Winter on the Brazos”, hanging at the 25th Annual Bosque Art Classic.  Here are a couple of photos.

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I particularly liked the one that was chosen for their permanent collection entitled “The Red Necklace”.  If only I could paint a cabbage like that!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Judith September 19, 2010 at 8:31 AM

This was wonderful! Enjoyed every frame. Genie was the owner when I ate there in a entourage of school community counselors, policemen, and juvenile officers. Loved it. I am so going to buy one of those books. However, it was not fare for those whose scale will care. Of course, then (1970′s), I was so underweight, I just ate, and ate, and ate!

Beth A. September 20, 2010 at 7:57 PM

I tagged you…hope you’ll respond and pass it along!
Beth

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ElizOF September 23, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Hello,
You did a terrific job gathering the photographs to help tell the story of Bishop Grill. The kitchen was my favorite and truly old world. I love the black and white tiles and that 1920s feel. Your painting is wonderful too… Great presentation. Visiting from Mamakat’s where I shared about our pet cat. :-)
Best,
Elizabeth

ElizOF September 23, 2010 at 11:23 PM

BTW, I’m also now following you via my blogger blog… I have two blogs but my assignment is on wordpress.
Best,
Elizabeth

Billie Coburn September 25, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Sue, it was great to revisit our awesome visit to Clifton. It made me sad to think about all those scrumptious meals we used to eat at both Rosemarie’s and Bishop Grill but that we can’t anymore! Gus and Rosie are really very special friends and I’m so glad you are now part of their world! Mom

diane blythin May 29, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I knew Gennie when I was a teenager….even before she opened Gennie’s..First she and my mother used to “run together” back in the day with another friend Tina. And she lived in the condo right next door…and always that I was trying to fix my car(which I knew nothing about)! What a wonderful lady!

diane blythin May 29, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I knew Gennie when I was a teenager….even before she opened Gennie’s..First she and my mother used to “run together” back in the day with another friend Tina. And she lived in the condo right next door…and always that I was trying to fix my car(which I knew nothing about)! What a wonderful lady!

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