Kitchen LTO, the "permanent pop-up" in Trinity Groves that swaps chefs and concepts every few months, closed after brunch on Sunday.
Casie Caldwell, the founder of Kitchen LTO, released a statement Sunday on Facebook that alludes to possible future Kitchen LTO "pop-ups," but otherwise, it's unclear if there's anything new planned for the space:
Well the word is out – Kitchen LTO has officially closed its doors (for now). The overwhelming emotion I’m feeling is gratitude and I am choosing to celebrate this 3-year journey with a spirit of thankfulness for all that it gave to me and to others. Yes, I dreamed up the idea of a restaurant concept that rotates talent every six months, but it was the chefs, the artists, and my staff who took the risk with me and helped me breathe life into something really really special. We all grew because of it! Today I celebrate all that we created together and I leave LTO in the same way that I founded it – with great faith and hope for what is possible, lots of joy and an abundance of gratitude for those who took this ride with me. Look for Kitchen LTO to “pop-up” again soon – this is a new beginning!
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Chef Nick Amoriello, most recently the executive sous chef at Rapscallion, was slated to run Kitchen LTO until the next chef/concept turnover in September. What's next for Amoriello? He's not sure, he says, but he's going to take a breather now that LTO has shut down before his tenure was expected to end on Sept. 2.
"I am taking the next few days off," Amoriello tells the Observer. "I have a few inquiries but I will be taking a smart look and weighing out options as they come in before any decision is made."
This isn't the first concept to fail at the West Dallas restaurant development — Sugar Skull Cafe and Potato Flats both called it quits last year.
"It's tough in Trinity Groves" has been a constant refrain on Dallas food social media since word of Kitchen LTO's closure got out — which makes us wonder just how well Dallas' "restaurant, retail, artist and entertainment destination" is really working out.