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Three Dallas Restaurant Closures Diners Need to Know

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IdleRye has bowed out of Deep Ellum
IdleRye [Official Photo]
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— After more than 20 years of serving fresh fare on McKinney Avenue, Cafe Express has closed its doors. The restaurant shuttered without notice, joining at least three other outposts in Dallas and Houston that have bowed out this year. The only DFW location that is still open is on Lovers Lane, and it doesn’t appear as if the chain has plans to close that location any time soon. [CultureMap]

— Deep Ellum spot IdleRye abruptly called it quits sometime last week. Signage on the restaurant’s door indicates that it is “closed for business,” but no reason for the shutter has been given yet. IdleRye made its debut in Deep Ellum in 2017 in the midst of the area’s ongoing restaurant boom, but apparently never gained a foothold in an increasingly competitive neighborhood dining scene. [Dallas Observer]

— Jasper’s, the Plano eatery known for its blue cheese-topped potato chips, has also closed its doors. According to a statement form its owners, Abacus Jasper’s Restaurant Group decided to not renew the lease on Jasper’s space at the Shops at Legacy. The restaurant, formerly helmed by Kent Rathbun, first opened its doors in 2003 and earned a dedicated local following for its “gourmet backyard cuisine.” Rathbun parted ways with the restaurant in 2016. [GuideLive]