A Moment of Silence for 11 Dallas Restaurants That Closed This Summer

We've seen plenty of new bars and restaurants open around North Texas this summer, but we've lost a few as well. Here's a look at the restaurants that didn't survive the sweltering Dallas summer.

Oak Cliff cafe/market/coffee shop Bolsa Mercado closes Sunday.
Oak Cliff cafe/market/coffee shop Bolsa Mercado closes Sunday.
Courtesy of Bolsa Mercado

Bolsa Mercado
Bolsa Mercado in Oak Cliff closes its doors for good Sunday and becomes a catering-only business. Here's hoping something equally as community-oriented moves into Bolsa Mercado's old space on Davis Street, not far from Bishop Arts.

Filament's industrial-chic Deep Ellum space is up for grabs.
Filament's industrial-chic Deep Ellum space is up for grabs.
Kathy Tran

Filament
Matt McCallister's upscale Southern food restaurant in Deep Ellum shuttered Aug. 13. “It just doesn’t do enough business for a full-service restaurant,” McCallister told D Magazine. “It’s Deep Ellum. We weren’t a small bar and didn’t cater to the Deep Ellum crowd (big mistake). You can’t make it on a business that only really does business on Thursdays through Saturdays.”

If you're sad about the closing of Smoke in Plano, fear not: The West Dallas location is still open.
If you're sad about the closing of Smoke in Plano, fear not: The West Dallas location is still open.
Kathy Tran

Smoke Plano
The same day Filament closed, Smoke's Plano location shuttered as well. Tim Byres' elevated barbecue joint will keep cookin' at its West Dallas location next to the Belmont.

Max's Wine Dive in West Village closed Aug. 10.
Max's Wine Dive in West Village closed Aug. 10.
Observer file photo

Max's Wine Dive
The Houston-based Max's Wine Dive franchise closed its West Village location Aug. 10, but the Fort Worth location remains open.

This friendly neighborhood joint closes after dinner service today.
This friendly neighborhood joint closes after dinner service today.
Observer file photo

Joyce & Gigi's
A few weeks ago, the owners of Joyce & Gigi's, the modern South American restaurant on Ross Avenue, would close at the end of the month. The restaurant closes after dinner service today.

Trinity Groves lost one of its most acclaimed restaurants in July.
Trinity Groves lost one of its most acclaimed restaurants in July.
Kathy Tran

Casa Rubia
Omar Flores' Casa Rubia, one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Trinity Groves, closed July 22. "We slow down tremendously [during] summertime," Flores said. "Financially, I couldn't sustain another summer like last year. High rents and big management fee didn't help either." Trinity Groves, described by its owners as a "restaurant incubator," has notoriously high rent and contract agreements that funnel a lot of restaurants' income to them.

With so many pizzerias on Henderson Avenue, a closure was bound to happen.
With so many pizzerias on Henderson Avenue, a closure was bound to happen.
Courtesy of Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom
This stoner-themed national pizza franchise closed in June. The pizzeria opened in 2016, but with so many other pizza options in the neighborhood, Mellow Mushroom didn't stand a chance.

After 33 years, the Palm closed June 30.
After 33 years, the Palm closed June 30.
Observer file

The Palm
The 33-year-old West End steakhouse shuttered June 30 after 33 years, and owners placed at least part of the blame on "recent events" that "left us concerned for the safety and welfare of our valued customers and staff," according to their statement. The suggestion that the West End is not safe enough for dining didn't sit well with several other restaurants in the downtown neighborhood.

Cedar Springs bar and brunch spot Cedar Grove shuttered in May.
Cedar Springs bar and brunch spot Cedar Grove shuttered in May.
Beth Rankin

Cedar Grove
"Cedar Grove was just exhausting, and it was just bleeding cash," owner Tim McEneny said after closing the Cedar Springs bar and brunch spot in May. The restaurant was open for 11 months. But that's not the only reason it closed. "I'm not gonna blame the neighborhood or the city, but we've had crime-related problems down there that entered businesses, and the homeless situation there seems to be escalating," McEneny said.

Little Woodrow's had a nice spot on Ross Avenue, but the Houston-based sports bar, restaurant and craft beer bar just couldn't swing it.
Little Woodrow's had a nice spot on Ross Avenue, but the Houston-based sports bar, restaurant and craft beer bar just couldn't swing it.
Nick Rallo

Little Woodrow's
After only six months in business, Houston-based beer and sports bar Little Woodrow's threw in the towel on its lone Dallas location on Ross Avenue. Luckily, this primo space won't be empty long: Ross & Hall, a new bar and restaurant by the team behind State & Allen and Nodding Donkey, is expected to open soon in the former Little Woodrow's.

Daddy Jack's closed for good on May 6.
Daddy Jack's closed for good on May 6.
Nick Rallo

Daddy Jack's
For more than 20 years, Daddy Jack's in Lower Greenville served up tasty seafood dishes in a no-frills environment. On May 6, this Dallas mainstay closed its doors for good.

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