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NYC Falafel Institution Shutters After Less Than a Year

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Mamoun’s Falafel
Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

Celebration Restaurant will close on November 19 so that employees of the restaurant can attend the funeral of its late owner, Ed Lowe. Lowe died last week in a tragic accident during a camping trip at Big Bend National Park. “He created a caring, family environment where he called his employees partners,” the restaurant said in a statement posted to Facebook. “As we commit to continuing his legacy, his spirit will forever guide his Celebration family.” The restaurant is set to reopen on November 20 for regular business hours. [EaterWire]

Mamoun’s Falafel, the NYC export known for its crispy, fried chickpea balls, has shuttered its Dallas outpost. The last falafel were served this weekend, and a representative from the restaurant cited lagging sales as the reason for the shutter. The closure comes less than a year after Mamoun’s Falafel opened its doors in Uptown in February 2018. [CultureMap]

— Arizona-based healthy bowl chain Original ChopShop will open its third DFW location at 6401 Hillcrest Avenue in University Park on November 16. The chain, known for its protein bowls, salads, and smoothie bowls, has made its way to DFW in a big way in recent months, opening locations in Las Colinas and Plano since April. A fourth location for DFW is set to open in Plano later this year. [EaterWire]