Lakewood Landing

Lakewood Landing Photography by Danny Fulgencio

Beloved Lakewood Landing bartender, Roger Nelson, passed away on Oct. 8. The cause is unknown and has not been disclosed yet.

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Roger Nelson was the general manager at Lakewood Landing, a neighborhood favorite dive bar. In 2014, Nelson was awarded the title of Best Bartender by the Dallas Observer.

The community has been mourning the loss by posting on social media, honoring Nelson. Long-time friend and owner of Mot Hai Ba, Peja Krstic, posted a picture of him and Nelson together on his Instagram, sending his goodbyes.

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Nelson was a talented bartender who was consistently able to keep up with the challenges that came with working at a dive bar. Joel Stephenson, general manager at House of Blues Dallas, recalls the time he spent working with Nelson.

“As someone else who worked in dive bars, they’re a challenging place to work,” Stephenson told Eater Dallas. “The way he was able to navigate difficult situations was admirable.”

Nelson was from Lake Highlands and went to Walden Preparatory School, which is now closed.

“Roger had a definite sense of what was right and wrong, and he always stood up for right. He upheld the culture of the Lakewood Landing and East Dallas,” Stephenson told Eater Dallas.