Sad news for fans of fried chicken, Champagne, and any combination thereof: Max's Wine Dive will close its location at Dallas' West Village, effective immediately. The closure takes place on August 10, as in today.
The restaurant had been there for five years, and according to a release, Lasco Enterprises, the Houston-based owners, decided not to renew the lease.
"We love Dallas and are very grateful to everyone who has supported us," says CEO Jerry Lasco. "We have offered many of the staff members opportunities to relocate to our Fort Worth location and hope you visit one of our other Max's Wine Dive locations soon."
Max's captured what was the former Borders Bookstore space, at the highly visible corner of Lemmon and McKinney Avenues. It opened with a flourish, giving West Village a glitzy yet not overly expensive place to eat, with an extensive wine list. It was on the front end of a trend of new restaurants that elevated the fried chicken experience.
It was also the place where CultureMap Dallas held its launch party five years ago, so there is a personal connection. Two Houston-born concepts expanding to Dallas. Comrades! We were so young back then. The world was our oyster.
A spokesperson for West Village says that the complex is sad to see Max's go, but they already have a few bids on the space and anticipate an announcement on a replacement shortly.
The Dallas location is not the first closure; the company has previously closed locations in Atlanta and Chicago. But good news for local fried chicken fans: The Fort Worth location of Max's Wine Dive in the West Seventh district will remain open along with five other locations in Texas and Colorado.