This week, the Dallas dining world has been rocked by one closure after the other — it’s only Wednesday, and three local restaurants have already closed their doors.
The first was Pints & Quarts, a Lowest Greenville burger joint operated by restaurateur Brooke Humphries. According to GuideLive, Pints & Quarts was a victim of the area’s ongoing construction, and a lack of parking and small space didn’t make things much easier. Fortunately, Humphries opened an outpost of Pints & Quarts in the Centrum building on Oak Lawn, which means that the concept isn’t altogether gone.
Then came the news that Monkey King Noodle Company would close its Carrollton location. Part of a revitalization of Downtown Carrollton’s dining scene, the soup dumpling standby cited “market forces” (read: not enough butts in seats) as the primary factor for its closure. As with Pints & Quarts, Monkey King Noodle Company has also recently expanded — a new, smaller outpost inside sprawling Plano food hall Legacy Hall debuted this spring.
After that, on Tuesday afternoon, Lower Greenville stalwart The Blind Butcher announced that it would shutter. Owners Josh Yingling and Matt Tobin publicly shared the bar’s struggles in a Facebook plea encouraging its fans to visit earlier this year, and it would appear that any revitalized interest from that post weren’t quite enough to keep the restaurant afloat. “This is a day that we tried very hard to avoid and we want to thank all of you that helped us stick around this long,” the farewell post reads. “Our staff have been steadfast in their support and have been as great as any business owner could have hoped.” Unlike MKNC and Pints & Quarts, it doesn’t appear that The Blind Butcher will be resurrected, but diners could find some of the sausages and other dishes from the menu at Goodfriend Package, the East Dallas spot also owned by Yingling and Tobin.
In all, it’s been a pretty rough week for Dallas restaurants, but it’s a little too early to say just yet whether or not this spate of recent closures was an unfortunate coincidence or indicative of a broader trend in the local industry.