Just a few weeks after quietly axing its dinner service and weekend hours, pan-Latin Arts District restaurant San Salvaje has shuttered permanently. Side Dish staff members stumbled upon the closure while trying grab lunch at the eatery on Friday, only to discover that the doors were locked. Chef/owner Stephan Pyles tells the magazine:
We just couldn't make it work. Tried our damndest. It was a horrible location for dinner and the numbers didn't work for just lunch.
Pyle's restaurant opened in May 2014 and quickly received the blessing of area critics. Texas Monthly proclaimed it one of 2014's best new restaurants, and The Dallas Morning News declared Pyles 2014 "Chef of the Year," lauding him for the "brilliant" and "deliciously stylish" cooking displayed at San Salvaje. Still, chef Pyles' star power failed to attract diners downtown on weekends.