Founded in 1975 by Dallas restaurateur Gene Street, Black-eyed Pea is one of those restaurants that you think will last forever. After more than 40 years of operating in Texas, though, it appears if the casual chain is drawing its last breath.
NBC DFW reports that twelve of the chain’s thirteen remaining restaurants across North Texas have abruptly closed their doors. It would appear that the only currently open Black-eyed Pea is in Arlington — the phones went unanswered at outposts in North Dallas, San Antonio, and Beaumont, and signs were posted in the doors that the locations were “closed until further notice.”
The closures follow a 2015 bankruptcy filing by Restaurants Acquisition I, LLC, the company that owns the Texas locations of Black-eyed Pea. Back in January, the company shuttered the original location on Cedar Springs. Since, Gene Street’s son Tony has opened fried chicken hotspot Street’s Fine Chicken in the space.
Restaurant Acquisition I, LLC has not publicly commented on the closures as of yet, but for now, it would appear that the legendary Black-eyed Pea is in serious trouble.