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Nguyen and Holman said they’re aiming to fill the void left by the closure of Jack’s Backyard in June 2011.“She (Kathy Jack) really paved the way for us, and we thank her for that — for passing on the torch,” Holman said.Bayliss excitedly joined the Eden Lounge family, and Nguyen often refers to Bayliss as her other partner. Bayliss makes it her mission to greet everyone who walks through the Eden threshold with a hug.“I don’t want you to be a stranger here,” Bayliss said.p .main-container #login input[type=text], .main-container #login input[type=password] .main-container #login input[type=text] .main-container #login input[type=password] .main-container #login div .main-container .remember-forgot .main-container .main-container .main-container #login div label .main-container button .main-container #social .main-container #social span .main-container #social span.facebook .main-container #social span.google .main-container #social span.twitter .main-container #social span.yahoo .main-container .main-container .AMY PRICE | Contributing Writer [email protected] a mad dash from the front door to the bar and back again, Lauren Nguyen frantically converses with guests and staff as the grand opening of Eden Lounge commences.
Yes, it is a lesbian bar, but all are welcome, according to Nguyen.“I wanted it to be like you’re in your own backyard or living room, and that you could hear yourself talk — that was very important. Nguyen’s partner, Kristi Holman, is vice president of Sherpa Management Partners and serves as Eden Lounge’s public relations manager.Not since Jack’s Backyard in Oak Cliff has there been a documented lesbian-owned bar in Dallas.“They’re doing a nice job fixing it up, and I’ve met them and they’re professional people, and so I think they’ll probably run it like that,” he said.Nguyen and Holman’s personalities couldn’t be more different.“It was run poorly and someone just kind of slopped it together,” Annino explained.He said Eden Lounge is in a prime location and Nguyen and Holman have their act together.Since the beginning of their venture, Nguyen and Holman said the Deep Ellum community has been nothing but accommodating and welcoming.Deep Ellum Foundation President Barry Annino said Eden Lounge brings a new level of diversity to the neighborhood.The LGBT-owned Leather Masters is a staple in the area.Annino said there have also been places like Mark and Larry’s Stuff, the art shop Casa Mexicana and a coffee shop — all of which are now closed.