Healthy restaurant at Dallas Farmers Market throws in the towel
In sad news for healthy eaters and Dallas Farmers Market fans, Mudhen Meat and Greens, the healthful restaurant from Shannon Wynne located at the Dallas Farmers Market, is closing.
According to a release, the restaurant will close on Sunday, November 3.
In a statement, Wynne attributes the closure to a dearth of healthy-minded diners, although restaurants such as True Food Kitchen, MIXT, Original ChopShop, Roti Mediterranean, Flower Child, Tribal Cafe in Bishop Arts, Cava, Coolgreens, Modern Market, and Southpaws Grill might prove otherwise.
"I apologize to all the folks in Dallas who appreciate clean and healthy options," Wynne says. "I apologize to the vegans and vegetarians, locavores, paleophiles and keto-maniacs! We tried very hard to give you healthful options but in the end we were not successful in attracting enough people to drive all the way down to the Farmers Market to eat."
Mudhen was opened in 2016 by Wynne with his partners Keith Schlabs and Larry Richardson; they also own Bird Café, Meddlesome Moth, Miriam Cocina Latina, Rodeo Goat (6 locations), Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (16 locations in the Southeast), and Flying Fish (12 locations in the Southeast).
They were part of the original renovation initiative at the Dallas Farmers Market and one of the first restaurants to go all in. The idea of a healthy restaurant at a farmers market made sense.
"We firmly believe in a flexible low sugar, high plant-based diet, rare in the Dallas landscape," Wynne says. "'Killer food that won’t kill you' was our mantra. We know all too well that many places claim to be 'healthful' but still cram sugar and oil into their recipes. We were among only a few restaurants in town cooking meats at temperatures less than 300 degrees to avoid carcinogens, but in the end not enough people really cared. Lesson learned the hard way, but please join us to bid adieu to Mudhen before November 3rd and many thanks to all of our loyal customers."
When it first opened, Mudhen Meat and Greens was also open longer hours including dinner, before it cut back to lunch Monday-Thursday, with dinner served only on Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday it was open for a long brunch/lunch, from 9 am-4 pm.
Attracting a dinner crowd in downtown Dallas sufficient for a restaurant to stay in business remains a challenge, despite an increase of downtown residents in recent years.
The release says that Mudhen is working to place staff into jobs at other Moth Management restaurants around town.