After four years on Greenville Avenue, Dallas restaurant Blind Butcher is throwing down the cleaver and closing its doors.
The restaurant best known for its charcuterie plate shared the news the way everyone does these days, via an announcement on Facebook.
Addressed to "Blind Butcher friends and family," it states that they will close on June 10.
"It is with a heavy heart that we announce our last day of business will be on Sunday June 10," the post says. "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. Our staff have been steadfast in their support and have been as great as any business owner could have hoped. To our loyal customers over the years we say thank you. Thank you for making us a part of your lives and thank you for all of the kind words and patronage that you have extended to us over the last 6 months especially."
In the last six months, the restaurant began to see a serious decline in business — so much so that owners Josh Yingling and Matt Tobin themselves began to work the bar, with a vow to put their tips back into the business. They also scaled down the menu significantly, under the direction of new chef Ernesto Garcia. (Original chef Oliver Sitrin left Blind Butcher in 2017 to take a sous chef position at Bullion, the downtown Dallas restaurant from chef Bruno Davaillon.)
In January 2018, they posted a plea on the restaurant's Facebook page, blaming road construction and too much competition, and soliciting customer support.
We will be offering a scaled down and more concise beer, cocktail and food menu while we work through this tough time.
"This is not a notice for pity but as realistic small business owners we wanted to face the facts head on and give everyone, including ourselves, a chance to fight for this city's restaurant scene and our place in it," they said.
Yingling and Tobin also own Goodfriend Burger House as well as Goodfriend Package Store, both in East Dallas.