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4 Recent Restaurant Closures Dallas Diners Need to Know

A running round-up of the city’s dearly departed eateries

Mille Lire closed in June after a tumultuous year.
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Dallas’s dining scene moves at a lightning-fast pace, which means that restaurants open (and close) on a practically daily basis. As such, it’s tough to keep up with every single spot that’s closed its doors in recent weeks.

Trying to catch up? Scope out this list of the past month’s five most notable restaurant closures, and as always, if there’s one major shutter missing from this list, shout it out in the comments.

August 10

Peggy Sue BBQ

Longtime barbecue staple Peggy Sue’s has closed, CultureMap reports. The University Park spot opened in 1989 in a location that had been a succession of previous barbecue restaurants dating back to 1945. The restaurant was known for its old-timey Western kitsch — menus from the address’s previous haunts, alongside numerous celebrity autographs, lined the walls. Peggy Sue’s was purchased earlier this year by a businessman who closed the restaurant for renovations. It never re-opened.

The Hall Bar & Grill

The Trinity Groves steakhouse helmed by chef James Rose closed on July 31. In a Facebook post, Rose and staff thanked their customers for supporting the restaurant over the years. The Hall first opened in 2016 under the guidance of Bob Sambol of Bob’s Steak and Chop House. The Hall was known for pub food like burgers and onion rings alongside high-end steaks.

Mille Lire

Mille Lire, the Oak Lawn Italian restaurant founded 2017, closed in June. It had been a tough year for the restaurant, even before the pandemic. In June 2019, co-owner Brian Ellard, his wife and children died in a plane crash. After the closure in June, Italian-born chef Giuliano Matarese told CultureMap that he plans to return to cooking Italian cuisine sometime in the future.

Christie’s

Christie’s, the low-key sports bar that was an unpretentious breath of fresh air on McKinney Avenue, closed in July after three decades. The bar struggled following the first wave of closures under Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s plans to stop the spread of coronanavirus. Owner Ashton Christie, whose father Richard first opened the bar in 1991, told NBCDFW in May that Christie’s landlord was demanding rent and that the bar had suffered staggering financial losses due to the closure.

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