After Years of Issues With Its Building, Sambuca in Uptown Is Closing In February

After 26 years in Uptown, Sambuca is closing.
After 26 years in Uptown, Sambuca is closing.
Chris Wolfgang
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As we reported in September, Sambuca restaurant has been dealing for several years with infrastructure issues with its building at 2120 McKinney Ave. Now, Sambuca's owners have announced that they are closing the Uptown restaurant.

Major plumbing and foundation issues led the restaurant's owners, Restaurant Expert Management, to file a lawsuit in 2013 in an attempt to force the building's owners into compliance with the terms of the lease. The building was purchased by MetLife shortly after Sambuca signed a 10-year lease and opened in 2004. The restaurant had been in Deep Ellum since 1991 before moving to Uptown.

“We’re going to be closing our Uptown location at the end of February, and we plan to go out with a huge New Years’ Eve and very special Valentine’s Day celebration,” said Kim Forsythe, owner of Restaurant Expert Management. “We’ll be thanking our customers by celebrating each weekend of the holiday season with rockin’ dance bands and rolling back some of our signature dishes to 1991 prices.”

Over the years, Sambuca expanded into other markets, including "Addison, Atlanta, Denver, West Plano, Houston, Nashville and in 2004 to Uptown, Dallas," according to the press release. Now, "Forsythe will be shifting his focus to opening three new concepts in the The Music Factory in Las Colinas."

Via the release:

The newest concepts are expected to open in the second quarter of 2018 and Forsythe is planning a special launch event to introduce the new venues.

Kitchen 101 - A fast casual concept will offer fresh grilled, made-to-order meals for dining in or to grab and go before or after the show at The Music Factory's Pavilion.

Violet Room - An immersive dining experience awaits with seasonal menus, creative plating and precise execution. Every detail of the venue has distinction and every perspective has purpose. The Violet Room’s beautiful dining area opens into a 10,000-square-foot venue focused on a dynamic presentation of culture and entertainment. It will have a sophisticated and modern flirtation with classical theater elements. A large stage will be the focal point, offering a brilliant display of sight, sound, texture and experience with a wide range of entertainment events. 

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