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Beloved Dallas Peruvian Restaurant Nazca Kitchen Closes Permanently

After 8 years in DFW, the South American favorite couldn’t withstand the COVID-19 pandemic

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Nazca Kitchen, one of Dallas’s only restaurants devoted to Peruvian cuisine, has closed its doors for good.

The restaurant announced its departure in a Facebook post on Friday, blaming the COVID-19 pandemic for its shutter. “We are so sorry to say that COVID-19 got the best of us,” the post reads in part. “Thanks to all of our guests, present and past employees, and vendors. Almost 8 years in Dallas is a testament in itself.”

Nazca Kitchen made its North Dallas debut in 2012, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes inspired by the cuisines of South America. Some of the spot’s most beloved menu options included hummus spiked with aji amarillo, bright ceviches, and hearty Brazilian moqueca. In 2017, the restaurant expanded to a second location in Uptown Dallas, but it never really seemed to find its footing.

Nazca Kitchen is just the latest in an onslaught of restaurant closures since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, more than three dozen independently owned restaurants have closed their doors.