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Closures outnumber openings in this COVID-19 Dallas restaurant tally

Closures outnumber openings in this COVID-19 Dallas restaurant tally

Cool River Ranch Salmon
Cool River Cafe salmon, never to be tasted again. Photo courtesy of Cool River Ranch

With the recent protests in Dallas, the coronavirus may be less on the forefront of everyone's mind, but Dallas restaurants haven't stopped reeling from its effects. With a capacity of 50 percent now allowed, there are some new openings in the works. But in this edition of openings and closures, there are more restaurants who've decided to permanently close.

Here's the latest round:


Corner Bakery Cafe reopened four dining rooms on June 1 with enhanced sanitation and safety measures that include spacing out furniture, masks and gloves on employees, tape marking six feet of distance, and limiting access to the condiment station to one customer at a time. These locations will operate at 50 percent capacity. They include:

  • 118 E. John Carpenter Fwy., Irving
  • 8420 Preston Center Plaza, Dallas
  • 2401 Preston Rd., Plano
  • 100 State St., Southlake

Kate Weiser Chocolate is reopening all three locations. Trinity Groves, which continued to operate a curbside pickup business, has reopened. The store at the Shops at Clearfork in Fort Worth reopened June 2 and the location at NorthPark Cener reopens June 3. Precautions include robust cleaning, strict hygiene protocols, and consolidated hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-5 pm and Sunday 12-5 pm at Northpark and Clearfork. Customers can also shop online at

Uchibā, the bar concept that sits atop Uchi in Uptown Dallas, has reopened with limited, reservations-only in-restaurant dining with patio seating, expanded dining hours, and an extended Whisky + Wagyu happy hour from 4-6:30 pm. They're observing new COVID-19 protocols and measures to keep everyone safe. Hours are Sunday-Thursday 4-9 pm, Friday-Saturday 4-10 pm. Call 214-855-5454 for reservations.


Ceviche, the short-lived ceviche bar in Oak Cliff opened by Raul Reyes, has closed. Reyes has meanwhile reopened La Palapa del Sabor at 118 W. Jefferson Ave.

Cool River Cafe, the Southwest restaurant and cigar bar in Irving, has closed. It was conceived in 1998 by, of all people, Gene Street, Tristan Simon, and Steve Hartnett, and had been there for more than 20 years. It had a major bar scene and was a favored hangout during the annual Byron Nelson golf tournament. The phone number has been disconnected and it's marked as "permanently closed" on Open Table. On the Cool River website, the only location listed is the outlet at Dallas Love Field, and an employee at one of the other restaurants owned by parent company Consolidated Restaurants Operations (CRO) said that it was closed.

An official statement from CRO says that "Cool River Las Colinas remains closed; the restrictions mandated to mitigate the pandemic must be further eased or eliminated before we can determine the disposition of Cool River. The success of the location has always depended on attracting groups socializing in the restaurant and lounge. Without group occasions, we have no business prospects at this time."

Mercy Wine Bar has closed its longtime Addison location after 17 years. Owner Glen Agritelley blames COVID-19, parking at the Village on the Parkway, and construction woes. A second location at the Toyoa Music Factory in Irving remains open.

Neighborhood Services, the hugely popular concept from chef Nick Badovinus, has shuttered its location at Preston Royal. The restaurant was one of many businesses that sustained severe damage from the 2019 tornado. The chain's other two locations have reopened.

Off-Site Kitchen, the burger joint in Trinity Groves from chef Nick Badovinus, has closed for good, although Badovinus is reportedly considering reopening in another location. Meanwhile, his burgers can be ordered at Vantina, the new popup operating in the parking lot of Desert Racer on Greenville Avenue.

Perfect Union Pizza Company, the pizzeria in Highland Park Village from chef Nick Badovinus, has also closed. A spokesperson at the center says that the space will be reconcepted.

Twigs American Kitchen has closed its location at the Shops at Clearfork in Fort Worth. "This crisis created a significant strain on our ability to operate the restaurant during the pandemic with the resulting loss of revenue, for which we have been left no choice," the restaurant said. They'll continue to operate their newest location in Grandscape at The Colony, where it's full steam ahead.

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