A restaurant with an enviable location on Katy Trail, which is also known for its busy dog-friendly brunch, will close for good in August. Company Cafe, located at 3136 Routh St., announced on Facebook that it will close for the most obvious reason: an expired lease.
"After nearly five years of serving Dallas natural fresh food from scratch, we are sad to say that our lease to the Katy Trail location is expiring," the notice reads. "We plan to close our location for good in the next few weeks."
A Company Cafe spokesman clarified that the closing date would be August 11.
"We will miss all your friendly faces and your sweet canine companions resting on our beautiful patio," the notice reads. "We thank all of our wonderful customers for their constant support as we would not have gotten this far without you. We wish to continue to serve Dallas in these coming weeks and we hope to go out with a bang!"
Company Cafe was launched on Greenville Avenue in 2011, with a focus on natural, fresh fare; it drew a following as a local pioneer in the gluten-free trend. But it was the Katy Trail location where the company had its first smoker, which inspired the opening of Back Home Barbecue, a drive-through barbecue sibling on Ross Avenue.
The announcement references the new barbecue spot: "For those interested in a little smoked protein in their lives, head over to Back Home Barbecue on Ross Avenue and give our new happy little concept a try, where we have bought a place that we are fixing up and are now making great-tasting barbecue," it says.
Katy Trail Ice House is the landlord, but no plans have been announced for the space.
The Greenville Avenue location of Company Cafe will remain open. "All is not gloom and sadness," reads the post. "Our location on Lower Greenville Avenue will continue to give the same care and sustenance that you have come to love at our Katy Trail location."