A restaurant in the center of Lakewood shut down after less than a year in business. Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen, which opened in October 2016 in the space long occupied previously by home cooking classic Dixie House, closed on July 17. The restaurant posted a sign claiming that it was "temporarily closed for renovations," and a manager told the Lakewood Advocate that it would be closed for three to four months.
However, its Open Table page has a statement that says, "Unfortunately, this restaurant is permanently closed," and a former staffer confirmed that it was closed for good.
The restaurant was the second branch of a concept that first opened in McKinney in 2015. It was fronted by hospitality veteran Johnny Carros (Jasper's, Chamberlain's, Del Frisco's) and chef Jon Thompson (Stampede 66, Samar). Thompson was already gone by the time the Dallas branch opened, and Carros left in late 2016. The owning entity is a group called Corner Station LLC.
The menu included tater tots, spinach-artichoke dip, red pepper hummus, a grilled cheese sandwich, shrimp and grits, brisket cheddar enchiladas, Scottish salmon, mushroom Bolognese, and fish tacos. There are five salads, including wedge, Cobb, and chicken Caesar.
Dixie House closed after more than 35 years in the heart of Lakewood. Sugarbacon represented a more foodie-centric menu — but also a bigger check, which Lakewood residents do not like. In a release, Robert Dozier, a representative of then-landlord Lincoln Property, explained why Sugarbacon was selected.
"The owners of Lakewood Shopping Center are always looking for tenants to bring to the East Dallas area that are focused in building 'community' and becoming part of the fabric of the neighborhood while also being an exceptional partner with the property," he said. "We have been impressed with the Sugarbacon team and are thrilled to welcome them into the fold."
Lincoln Properties has since sold the entire center, including the Lakewood Theater, to Stockdale Investment Group.
The original Sugarbacon in McKinney remains open, and its Facebook page posted a reminder on July 19 that it will participate in all three weeks of Restaurant Week, from August 4-26.