Summer in Texas ain't easy — especially at restaurants, which often see a dip in the summer months as people head out of town, presumably to flee somewhere a person can comfortably exist in August. The last few weeks have seen a characteristic run of restaurant closures. As we transition into fall, we look back on the Dallas restaurants that didn't make it through the summer.
Internet Cafe 2
Our favorite tiny, tongue-in-cheek Oak Cliff "internet cafe" shuttered quietly earlier this month. A jokey side project from half of the team behind Emporium Pies, the pint-sized coffee shop served stellar coffee and "sugar rectangles" (think house-made Pop-Tarts, but better). Not long after IC2 shuttered, Emporium launched a new "? Scream Truck" (Get it? Pi scream truck?) serving pie and ice cream combos like buttermilk chess and chocolate hazelnut swirl pie with strawberry ice cream.
Wild About Harry's
The Dallas hot dog and custard joint closed two locations in Dallas this summer: Its 20-year-old Knox-Henderson location and now they've thrown in the towel on the Deep Ellum store, too, GuideLive reports. That leaves one location left: its new spot on Travis Street.
Mesero on Henderson
This summer, Mesero on Henderson closed after a five-year run, Eater reports. A sign on the door indicated a lease disagreement led to the closure.
Highland Park Soda Fountain
Speaking of Knox-Henderson restaurants being forced out by high rents and forthcoming construction, the 106-year-old Highland Park Soda Fountain is closing in September to make way for a 12-story office building, The Dallas Morning News reports. The old-school soda fountain's last day is Sept. 9.
We dug this woman-owned Spanish tapas bar in Trinity Groves, but it only lasted only seven months, GuideLive reports. "Trinity Groves owner Phil Romano says Tapas Castile 'has not performed well enough for us financially to continue with the concept' in a statement," according to the GuideLive story. "He believes tapas are 'not a good fit' for the West Dallas restaurant park."
Bbbop on Lowest Greenville
Citing the statistic that a whopping 50 percent of its business came from food delivery services like Caviar and Uber Eats, Bbbop's owners decided to throw in the towel on the Lowest Greenville location of this Dallas Korean restaurant. But fear not: The Oak Cliff and Upper Greenville locations are still open.
The Blind Butcher
Speaking of Lowest Greenville restaurant closures, this summer also saw the demise of a neighborhood favorite: the Blind Butcher. "This is a day that we tried very hard to avoid, and we want to thank all of you that helped us stick around this long," owners posted on Facebook before the early June closure.
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Just after Fourth of July, this Deep Ellum coffee shop and music venue threw in the towel. But worry not: Deep Ellum spaces don't stay empty long. According to CultureMap, a new bar called the Crowdus is coming to the space courtesy of High & Tight's ownership.
Yes, we're sad Dallas' freshest fine dining spot FT33 closed this summer, but we're not going to dwell on it — and neither is chef-owner Matt McCallister, who's currently planning another Oak Lawn concept that appears to be inching toward opening.