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