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Dallas' 10 Biggest Restaurant Closings of 2013

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Mextopia Before Mudsmith and Truck Yard and Trader Joe's all moved in, Richard Avila's Mextopia tried to make its stand in Lower Greenville. The 2010 winner of the Observer's Readers' Pick for Best New Restaurant, it closed in January.

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Tacos La Banqueta A godsend for fans of crisp and flavorful organ meat, La Banqueta is a slowly expanding taco empire under the rule of Mexico City native Alberto Neri. Just before La Banqueta was named one of Dallas' 50 Most Interesting Restaurants, its original location in East Dallas, considered the best in the chain, shut down.

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Restaurant AVA In early April news broke that Randall Copeland, the chef of Rockwall's Restaurant AVA, died. AVA was known for its menu based around locally produced and sustainable ingredients, long before those became faddish buzzwords. Copeland was so integral to the restaurant that two days later, after one last dinner for friends and family, AVA closed.

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Mockingbird Taproom/Boca Chica//Townhouse Kitchen and Bar As part of corporate downsizing, Restaurants-America Inc. shut down three of its Dallas restaurants in rapid succession this summer. Mockingbird Taproom at Mockingbird Station, Townhouse Kitchen and Bar in the Galleria and Boca Chica at The Shops at Park Lane all went dark within three months (Townhouse and Boca Chica actually closed on the same day).

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Charlie Palmer at The Joule In the midst of renovations at the super fancy Joule Hotel, the super fancy restaurant Charlie Palmer closed, making way for CBD Provisions. Initially the hotel planned to change Charlie Palmer into some manner of steak house but ultimately they decided to just kill it.

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Snuffer's Restaurant & Bar on Greenville Avenue The Snuffer's chain no longer belongs to its owner, Pat Snuffer, but to the Firebird Restaurant Group. The original Snuffer's location is now shut down, and Snuffer the person is in the process of turning it into another burger-and-cheddar-fries-driven restaurant with the rest of his name: Pat's Burger & Cheddar Fries.

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