The Black Eyed Pea on Cedar Springs has long been the perfect place to enjoy good old fashioned comfort food – chicken fried steaks, fried okra, and of course, the restaurant’s namesake legume. For the largely LGBT community in Oak Lawn, though, it’s also been a real cornerstone of the neighborhood. Sadly, despite plenty of devoted regulars, the original location of Black Eyed Pea has officially closed its doors for good.
According to Lone Star Q, the closure was announced by a sign taped to the restaurant’s front door. “After 40 years, the owner has decided to start a new restaurant concept in this building,” the sign read. “We appreciate your loyal patronage over all these decades. Hope to see you down the road.”
Black Eyed Pea founder Gene Street sold the restaurant in 1986, but plans to open an entirely different concept in the space called Street’s Fine Chicken. CultureMap Dallas reports that the forthcoming concept will prepare chicken three ways – fried, grilled, and roasted. Perhaps most importantly, Black Eyed Pea’s famously soft yeast rolls and chicken fried steak will definitely be on the menu at Street’s Fine Chicken.
No timeline for the opening of Street’s Fine Chicken has been announced as of yet. The Black Eyed Pea locations in Plano, Dallas, Hurst, Fort Worth, and Arlington are owned separately, and will not be affected by the closures.