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Henderson Avenue staple and Dallas brunch favorite will close

Henderson Avenue staple and Dallas brunch favorite will close

Capitol Pub in Dallas
The days of brunch are winding down. Capitol Pub

One of Dallas' original brunch spots is getting ready to leave the building: Capitol Pub, which has been the toast of Henderson Avenue for the nearly 13 years it's been in business, is closing.

According to a release, it'll close at the end of 2019.

Henderson Avenue wasn't quite the scene it is today when owners Cheryl and Peter Kenny opened Capitol Pub at 2401 Henderson Ave. in 2007. They not only brought energy to the street, they were also among the first to make brunch into a thing.

Capitol Pub had the warm traits of an old-school pub, including shepherd's pie on the menu and a fireplace so cozy, it made our 2016 list of 10 best restaurants with fireplaces — and yet it had a distinctive Dallas personality.

But the Kennys were facing a new lease and decided it was time to cut the cord.

They also have their hands full, as they own and operate The Dubliner, one of Dallas' original Irish pubs, on Greenville Avenue, and are also going to open a new place, Lochland's Food and Spirits in Lake Highlands, in January 2020.

"Of course this is bittersweet news," Peter Kenny says. "However, we have always wanted to own and design our own property and with our Capitol Pub lease at a crossroads, we are excited to make the leap to East Dallas with Lochland’s."

Those who love Capitol Pub will find many dishes at Lochland's, as well as items from the Gin Mill, another restaurant-bar also on Henderson Avenue that the couple opened, then closed in 2015.

"The menu will showcase the most popular brunch and dinner dishes from the Capitol Pub menu as well as reintroducing some former favorites from The Gin Mill," Cheryl says. "We're really excited about the new space and menu."

The Kennys purchased the stand-alone building at 8518 Plano Rd., formerly a veterinary clinic that had been vacant for several years.