Thursday, January 1
2008 Dallas restaurant closings by Kim Harwell
It seemed as if a day didn't pass this year without news of another restaurant shutting its doors. And on some days, the grim announcements came in threes and fours. This list is roughly in order of when the restaurants were shuttered. Felissa's in Snider Plaza, owned by original York Street owner Felissa LaFlamme Caribbean Pan, the Northwest Dallas eatery that later reopened in Addison as the Scarlet Ibis Arc-en-Ciel, a longtime destination for dim sum and Chinese-Vietnamese fare, in Garland Cosmo Rouge bistro and cocktail lounge in Oak Cliff's Bishop Arts District Hola!, Ildefonso Jimenez's eight-year-old tapas restaurant on McKinney Avenue Firehouse, the Lower Greenville restaurant and bar specializing in hot and spicy food Carrabba's Italian Grill in Rockwall Alfredo Trattoria, a 20-year veteran of Lemmon Avenue Il Sole, Travis Walk's upstairs Italian stalwart Chaparral, the fine-dining restaurant on the 38th floor of the former Adam's Mark Hotel (now the Sheraton Dallas) Ferré, Patrick Colombo's Italian restaurant in the West Village (the Fort Worth branch remains open) Bistro Nous, chef James Rowland's short-lived North Dallas restaurant TwoRows restaurant and brewery on Greenville Avenue (other locations remain open) Bice, the fine-dining Italian restaurant in the Crescent Court space that formerly housed Gumbo's, We Oui and Sam's Cafe Big D's Dogs, the gourmet hot dog shop on Lower Greenville Four G's Sports Bar and Grill, in downtown Plano The Preston-Forest location of Greenz, the fast-casual salad spot (other locations are still open) I Love Sushi in Far North Dallas BLT Steak, the upscale steakhouse from famed chef Laurent Tourondel, after barely six months La Paesana, the Park Cities rebirth of Uptown stalwart La Trattoria Lombardi The Plano branch of Kirby's Steakhouse (Dallas and Southlake locations remain open) Scene, the splashy downtown sibling to nearby Fuse (which remains open) Alessio's il Ristorante, the namesake restaurant of longtime Dallas fixture Alessio Franceschetti Upscale Italian restaurant The Grotto, part of Houston-based Landry's Restaurants, Inc. Nine Fish Japanese restaurant and sushi bar in Frisco Trail Dust, the kitschy mid-priced steakhouse where neckties are verboten (the Arlington branch remains open) Tucker, near downtown Dallas, converted to banquet facilities for chef Andrew Ormsby's catering operation Balls Hamburgers in Snider Plaza 62 Main, chef David McMillan's acclaimed fine-dining restaurant in Colleyville New San Dor, a Cantonese restaurant in northeast Plano Frida's Mexican Bistro in Oak Lawn, specializing in regional Mexican cuisine Nodding Dog Coffee Company, in Oak Cliff's Bishop Arts District Riccardi's Italian restaurant in the Quadrangle Rick Stein's, one of many steakhouses located on the Dallas North Tollway Exposition Park Cafe, a favorite for brunch and cheap eats near Fair Park Le Rendezvous, the resurrected French restaurant in Preston-Royal shopping center Fusion Cafe, a coffee bar and eatery in downtown Plano The Park Cities branch of Milwaukee Joe's Ice Cream Kitchen 1924 in Lakewood SushiSamba, the flashy Galleria spot serving food from Japan, Peru and Brazil All area locations of Bennigan's and Steak and Ale, as well as their offshoots Plano Tavern, Southlake Tavern and 29 Degrees, after parent company S&A Restaurant Corp. filed for bankruptcy Michael Anthony's Fine Dining, a steakhouse in Southlake Sushi on McKinney, due to owner Ben Sanada's retirement BayGrill in Frisco Amuse, chef Doug Brown's New American eatery across from South Side on Lamar, though it will reportedly reopen this spring in Victory Park Metro Grill, the family friendly eatery in Knox Park Village Zoom Vietnamese and Thai Cuisine in Far North Dallas Nove Italiano, the glitzy, high-end Victory Park restaurant perhaps best-known for its brazen patio topiaries of nude ladies Doughmonkey, the beloved Snider Plaza bakery Grill 400, a neighborhood spot in the Bishop Arts District The Uptown branch of Chip's Old Fashioned Hamburgers (the Park Cities location remains open) Pulcinella, the Italian restaurant and pizzeria on Henderson Avenue The Henderson Avenue flagship of Cuquita's (though other locations remain open) Ounce Prime Steakhouse in North Dallas, which closed after less than a year in business Istanbul Grill, the Deep Ellum spot that served Turkish cuisine in addition to Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Prego Pasta House's Far North Dallas spin-off Meridian Room, the seven-year-old restaurant and bar in Exposition Park (it has since reopened with new owners) Bailey's 1st and 10, the no-frills sports bar at Mockingbird and Abrams The Club, Robert Colombo's supper-club concept in the Centrum Tilley's Grill, a casual burger joint on Upper Greenville Brothers Chicken, the beloved fast-food eatery owned by Steve and Jimmy Kazanas Martini Park in Plano's Shops at Legacy Olea Mediterranean Bistro, a new concept from Lavendou owner Pascal Cayet Urbano Paninoteca, the six-year-old Italian sandwich bar and restaurant on McKinney Avenue The Abbey Grill, one of Frisco's oldest restaurants, after 15 years Tio's Tortas, the fast-casual Mexican sandwich shop on Lemmon Avenue Swirll, the blend-your-own winery in downtown Dallas County Line BBQ on Lake Ray Hubbard in Garland Ed's Deli at Preston and LBJ Freeway Isshin Sushi Bar and Grill in Irving Strong's Everyday Tavern, the casual Uptown eatery from Chili's founder Larry Lavine (whose Red's Patio Grill in Plano is still open) The Allen location of Korean-sushi restaurant Naan (Legacy Naan, the location sold by the original owner, remains open in Plano) Table 18, the upscale project from Food Friends and Company slated to open across from the Ritz-Carlton; owners Jack Baum and Morton Meyerson canceled plans for the restaurant.