Eat This: Noteworthy Dallas Restaurant Openings & Closings for November
There’s no denying that the restaurant world has a vicious streak of Darwinism about it. Restaurants that attempt to crawl out of the primordial ooze and walk on the land have just months to prove their worth or risk being passed over by faster, tastier spots. Likewise, an old-timer that shows a limp can quickly fall victim to capricious diners and lurking landlords.
If you need a microcosm of “attract eaters or be eaten” then you just need to look at Lowest Greenville where we see two closings and two openings in this month’s collection. Elsewhere, Stephan Pyles’ Stampede 66 said goodbye while John Tesar’s Knife opened a second location. How many of these openings will still be around in a year? Which institution will bow out come November 2019?
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WHERE TO EAT IN NOVEMBER
Uptown restaurant Stampede 66 closed its doors on October 13. The restaurant is expected to reopen in January inside a new Marriott hotel in Allen called Delta Hotels Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center.
After 48 years of picnics, carnival rides and school field trips, Sandy Lake Amusement Park has permanently closed its doors. Owners of the long running Carrollton amusement park announced in mid-October that the property had been sold, making the park no longer available for public use effective immediately.
Yucatan Taco Stand on Greenville Avenue has closed after three years in business. Co-owner Athena Navarro Hinkhouse calls it a "personal decision" to close the restaurant and focus on the more profitable Yucatan Taco Stands in Fort Worth and Houston, she says.
Shared commercial kitchen space Pilotworks closed it doors without warning in mid-October, due to “failing to raise the necessary capital to continue operations”. A similar concept in Fort Worth, Locavore, is jumping in to help stranded Pilotworks renters that lost their space.
After operating for 15 months at Sylvan Thirty, experimental ice cream parlor Betty Ringer Ice Cream has closed. Owner Stephen Smith says Betty Ringer may pop back up elsewhere in Dallas one day, or he may take it elsewhere.
Greenville Avenue Mexican restaurant Don Chingon has closed. Co-owner Shawn Rao told CultureMap that the building needed work and "ultimately we decided it was time to get out of that neighborhood."