Restaurant Churn

Sudden restaurant closures give Dallas diners the summer blues

Sudden restaurant closures give Dallas diners the summer blues

Becks Prime hamburgers burgers
Fans of Becks Prime burgers can no longer satisfy their quest on Greenville Avenue. Becks Prime/Facebook
La Duni Oak Lawn interior
Oak Lawn is seeing some churn, with departures by La Duni (pictured), Nosh and, now, Good Eats.  Photo courtesy of La Duni
Lucky's Cafe
Lucky's Cafe on Oak Lawn will serve some of Good Eats' best-selling dishes. Lucky's Cafe Dallas/Facebook
Becks Prime hamburgers burgers
La Duni Oak Lawn interior
Lucky's Cafe

There's a whoosh in the Dallas dining scene as two restaurants — one a very popular old-timer — face sudden shutters.

Longtime home-cooking spot Good Eats closes on July 17, after 22 years at Turtle Creek Village. According to a release, the restaurant has been "a legend, a landmark and a popular neighborhood gathering spot" since 1992. John D. Harkey Jr., CEO of parent company Consolidated Restaurant Operations (CRO), said the closure was forced by landlord Lincoln Property, which is redeveloping the center and plans to put retail in that space.

"We're disappointed to close the doors, but our landlord has refused to renew our lease," Harkey said.

CRO also operates Lucky's Cafe on Oak Lawn near Lemmon, which will serve Good Eats' best-selling dishes. CRO is seeking a new location, but Harkey said that finding a location with parking is a challenge.

That's the third shut-down on Oak Lawn in a short time, following the recent closures of Nosh and La Duni, also shuttered due to a greedy landlord.

Meanwhile, Becks Prime, the Houston-based burger chain, is closing its Greenville Avenue location on June 30. In a release, company president Molly Voorhees said that the neighborhood wasn't right.

"After much thought and consideration, we have found that this area was not a good fit for our concept, and the flow of traffic was not as we had expected," she said.

The company has no plans to close its other two other locations in Dallas — at Preston and Forest, and on Oak Lawn, ironically — which Voorhees said have proven to be "a great success."

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