2017 has been a rough year for many, and it’s not ending well for Victor Tangos and Idle Rich Pub, two Dallas-area institutions that have decided to call it quits.
Victor Tangos is taking its final bow during its New Year’s Eve hurrah next week, reports CultureMap. The longstanding tapas gastropub held it down on Henderson Ave for the last 10 years and livened up the street before Knox-Henderson became the drinking and dining destination that it is today. Throughout its decade-long tenure, Victor Tangos has been home to some of Dallas’ most exciting chefs, including Kirstyn Brewer and Jeff Harris.
No reason was given for the closure, but as CultureMap notes, Victor Tangos employees have been offered the opportunity to transfer to one of Headington Companies’ other holdings like CBD Provisions, Sassetta, Wheelhouse, or newly-opened Commissary in Downtown, according to a company spokesperson.
Also saying goodbye is Idle Rich Pub, just one of several outposts for craft beer and British Isles fare from Irishman Feargal McKinney. The long-standing Uptown joint opened in 2004 on McKinney Ave when the neighborhood was mostly residential and devoid of much nightlife - “downright sleepy” in McKinney’s words.
McKinney announced the January closure via Idle Rich’s Facebook page, saying the restaurant’s lease is up at the end of January, but didn’t disclose why he opted not to renew. Fortunately, Idle Rich regulars won’t have to go too far to find another one of McKinney’s bars — Blackfriar Pub is just across the street, and plans to remain open.