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Wild About Harry’s Forced to Vacate Its Knox-Henderson Home

The landlord says the hot dog eatery wasn’t in compliance with city code

Wild About Harry’s famous hot dog with its famous hot dog statue
Photo credit Lauren Coe

After 22 years on Knox Street, Wild About Harry’s is being forced by its landlord to find a new home.

The iconic Dallas ice cream shop and hot dog destination announced the unfortunate news via an Instagram post, which stated that Harry’s has to be out of its current location by May 15. Harry’s didn’t specify why it was being asked to leave the space at 3107 Knox, but the landlord’s failure to renew the lease reportedly has something to do with the shop’s failure to comply with city code.

Harry’s landlord Bob Bak Tabesh responded to Harry’s post in an Instagram comment, alleging that the notice to vacate came after “issues related to compliance with the City of Dallas Building and Health Department codes and regulation.” Tabesh’s response also indicates that the issues between Wild About Harry’s and its landlord have been ongoing for at least nine months.

Scope out a screenshot of Tabesh’s full comment below:

Harry’s fans expressed their dismay at the closing of the longstanding Knox-Henderson establishment. “WHAT??! They’re getting rid of a legend though, so it’s their loss,” one commenter wrote. Others noted how much the neighborhood has changed in recent years, and eventually the restaurant stepped in to ask everyone to keep the conversation positive. The shop’s owners are looking for a new location in the Highland park area.

Fortunately, Harry’s isn’t gone forever — diners can still get the Americana classics and frozen custard that have made the restaurant a local favorite at its Deep Ellum location at the intersection of Hall and Commerce streets.