Restaurant Closure

Time has run out for restaurant experiment at Dallas' Trinity Groves

Time has run out for restaurant experiment at Dallas' Trinity Groves

Kitchen LTO in Trinity Groves
Trinity Groves' Kitchen LTO has incubated its final restaurant. Photo courtesy of Kitchen LTO

The popping up at Trinity Groves has stopped. The West Dallas restaurant incubator and dining complex announced the permanent closing of Kitchen LTO, its rotating pop-up restaurant.

Short for "limited time only," Kitchen LTO  gave chefs a temporary platform to display their talent. The concept was a partnership between Casie Caldwell, founder of Greenz Salads, and restaurateur Phil Romano, founder of Trinity Groves.

In its three years, the restaurant featured six chefs, chosen by a public vote. They included Norman Grimm; Eric Shelton; Anastacia "AQ" Quinones, who did a Mexican concept; and Blythe Beck, who went on to open Pink Magnolia in Oak Cliff. The most current chef was Nick Amoriello, who was doing American comfort food.

Amoriello's post was originally supposed to last into August, but the plug was pulled early and the concept is now closed.

Even as it closes, other incubator concepts are emerging, such as the food halls being opened in Uptown Dallas, the Dallas Farmers Market, and Plano

Romano, who was recently sued for alleged sexual harassment by an employee of Eatzi's, hints in a release that other things are coming to the center.

"As an incubator, we continue to 'launch, listen, and learn' with every new concept," he says. "The insight we gain from our customers is invaluable, particularly as Trinity Groves expands to include new retail and restaurant opportunities for promising entrepreneurs."