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The Saddest Restaurant Closures in Dallas for 2023

Restaurateurs, chefs, and food writers weigh in on the spots they’ll miss the most

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Saying goodbye can be hard.
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Courtney E. Smith is the editor of Eater Dallas. She's a journalist of 20 years who was born and raised in Texas, with bylines in Pitchfork, Wired, Esquire, Yahoo!, Salon, Refinery29, and more. When she's not writing about food, she co-hosts the podcast Songs My Ex Ruined.

We lost some good spots in 2023. Some came back in new locations, but the restaurants listed here are good for good — as far as we know. This group of food writers, chefs, and restaurateurs told us about the places they’ll miss the most that closed in the past year.

Amy McCarthy of Eater:

“The closure of Fish & Fizz was a total bummer, I never had a bad meal at that place. I also was sad to see Homewood go, especially under those awful circumstances.”

Leigh Hutchinson of Via Triozzi:

“Homewood. It was a concept ahead of its time. The resourcefulness, ingenuity and dedication found there are all things we aspire to in this industry.”

Rachel Pinn, Eater Dallas contributor:

“I was sad to see Thunderbird Station go, every time I was there I had a great time, awesome drinks and nostalgic-style food. I hope it’s not goodbye forever!”

Andy Pham of Le Rêve Gelato & Patisserie:

“For me, I was disappointed to see Project Pollo close. I am not vegan or vegetarian myself, but having vegetarian meals is not foreign to me. I was super excited to try a brand that was trying to make vegan food more accessible and show people it’s more than just salads or a mix of vegetables. Seeing the concept be acquired and closed was saddening.”

Kevin Gray, Eater Dallas contributor:

Cry Wolf. We need more of these small, chef-led restaurants, not less. Cry Wolf served interesting dishes and wines in a casual, quirky atmosphere, and the menu changed often enough to reward frequent diners. It was such a refreshing break from the mega groups and glitz that have garnered so much attention in recent years. Homewood’s closing earlier this year was another sad blow to the Dallas dining scene.”

Elias Pope of UNCO Hospitality Group:

“Yutaka Sushi Bistro – Triston Simon introduced me to this beautiful experience the same year I opened the original HG and it’s been my favorite shop in Dallas ever since. I’m sad that I can’t send friends to enjoy an evening with Chef Yutaka Yamata. His near perfect execution, day after day, assured my recommendation was always a winner.”

Nataly Keomoungkhoun of D magazine:

“The saddest restaurant closure for me, like ever, was Homewood in Oak Lawn. I spent many milestones and special dinners inside that dining room, and I was heartbroken when it closed in February. Dallas was lucky to have it for as long as it did!”

DeQuilla Henderson, Eater Dallas contributor and Da Food Baddie:

“Original Fireside Pies in Lake Highland. Obsessed with their roasted red pepper ranch. Taking my slice of Triple Roni for a swim in that is so satisfying! Luckily, I can still get it at remaining opened locations.”

Didi Paterno, Eater Dallas contributor:

It was the end of an era with the closure of Secret Recipes in Plano and Carrollton around mid-2023. When I had a craving for Southeast Asian, specifically Malaysian, Indonesian, and Singaporean hawker dishes such as char kway teow, that are impossible to recreate at home to achieve the wok hei from a seasoned wok, it was our go-to. It was one of our first comfort food discoveries when we first moved to DFW, so it carries some memories. But I am more confident now that the diversification of the Metroplex’s population will mean even more Southeast Asian restaurant options. “

Jill Bates of Sugar & Sage Bakery:

“The saddest restaurant closure for me is Cry Wolf. I love Ross Demers’ food. I worked many consultant jobs in 2019 and I had the chance to work with him. I will look to see what he does next!”

Brian Reinhart of D magazine:

“Homewood, not just because it was one of our two or three best restaurants, but because its closure was not even the saddest part of the story. A genuinely heartbreaking family tragedy that reminded us that there are things much more important than talking about food.”

Benji Homsey of Duro Hospitality:

“Fireside Pies. Thirteen years ago, the original Fireside Pies was a frequent date spot for my wife and I. In fact, we had our second date there.”

Jennie Kelley of Fond:

“Homewood. I really liked the space, the food and the fact that they were supporters of the natural wine movement early on. I’ve always loved Chef Matt McAllister’s food and he has also been a supporter of my culinary endeavors when I had Frank.”