No more fun burgers in far North Dallas: Playful burger shack Spork, from the team behind Bolsa, has closed. According to SideDish, chef Eric Justice "shuttered the joint" this week.
Spork was the "roadside eatery" concept inspired by Taylor's Refresher, the Napa Valley institution (which has since changed its name to Gott's). It was a pet project for Justice, whose menu included burgers, salads, craft beer, and signature kimchi fries.
"It's a tough one, that's for sure," Justice says.
The restaurant opened in a former Sonic at Frankford and Preston roads with a huge patio that featured all kind of games. That intersection is surrounded by residential areas, but the restaurant survival rate there isn't great. Battuto Italian Kitchen, the restaurant opened across the street by Gene and Julie Gates, lasted only a year.
"The [neighborhood traffic] is not as good as it would seem," Justice says. "I worked hard and put all I had into it. But, in the end, it wasn't enough."
He also notes that the timing was not great for a such a patio-focused concept. "We've had terrible weather this year," he says. "I think the concept is solid. The people that came loved it. Just wasn't enough of them."