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Acme Social Club Is Dead, but There's Promise in the Space That Held It

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A little over a month ago, we reported that Acme F&B was going through some serious changes. The owners had changed the name to Acme Social Club, and the restaurant once known for its "whole animal allocation program" and killer pork chop was embracing Skittles shots -- vodka infused with "taste the rainbow" flavored candy -- in an attempt to lure more customers.

Skittles shots.

So it wasn't a huge surprise that last week, Acme Social Club shut its doors permanently. A spokesperson for the restaurant confirmed the closure Friday, citing "financial reasons."

But let's not to dwell on bad news. It's more exciting to think about what might go into the space. Despite the concept that started with chef-driven cooking and spiraled downward into half-price food nights and drinks more suited to a college bar, the old Acme space has a stunning dinning room. You might remember the days when the chic but rustic space was packed with enthusiastic customers. The patio was filled with them too.

So what if Eddy Thretipthuangsin, the chef that recently separated with Pak Pao, took over the address and filled it with the smell of Asian curries hot enough to blister the paint on a car? Or what if some other to-be-determined chef came in and offered modernized Mexican cooking that wasn't too fussy or expensive?

Dallas could use a few more restaurants to elevate ethnic foods, and dining rooms that look this good should not sit idle.

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