Following a bankruptcy filing, the Houlihan's restaurant chain closed down a number of restaurants across the country and that includes its only location in Dallas.
The location on Belt Line Road near Addison, in the Prestonwood area of Dallas, closed on December 28, according to a note posted on the front door. Another location also closed in Fort Worth's Alliance Town Center.
"There is never a good time to close a restaurant, but due to the wind down of the bankruptcy estate, the Dallas Houlihan’s location has closed effective today," the December 29 notice said.
"Bankruptcy estate" refers to Houlihan's Restaurants Inc. filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November, part of a sale to Landry's for $40 million in cash.
Other closures in Texas included one in San Antonio. The locations have already been removed from Houlihan's website. In the DFW area, they previously had a location in Arlington, but that closed in September 2018.
There are now two remaining locations: in Denton and Garland, on the South side of the Firewheel Town Center mall.
Regulars loved Houlihan's for its happy hour deals, great service, and good food. Favorite dishes included the Thai chili wings, stuffed mushrooms, brownie batter cake, and reasonably priced steaks.
Houlihan's has also been pretty good about rolling with the times, adding gluten-free and vegan dishes such as the crispy cauliflower stir-fry with house-made General Tso-style sauce tossed with crispy cauliflower over brown rice, stir fried red bell peppers, snow peas, and scallions.
The closure seems sudden; the Fort Worth location posted a help-wanted notice on its Facebook page as recently as December 17.
The restaurant thanked customers for their support, and said that efforts would be made to find a home for their displaced employees.
"Management is doing everything possible to minimize the impact to affected team members by working to place them at different continuing locations and reaching out to local restaurant companies on behalf of the team members," it said. "On behalf of the entire team, thank you for your support and friendship over the years. We do hope to see you at one of our other locations as your travels take you around the North Texas."
Stephanie Allmon Merry contributed to this story.