Chef-owned Kansas City-style barbecue restaurant in Dallas to close
A barbecue restaurant in Uptown Dallas from an acclaimed chef is closing: 18th & Vine BBQ, which has been dishing out chef-caliber brisket and more, will close after more than seven years.
According to a spokesperson, the restaurant will close on Saturday, June 17.
"We're disappointed, but with the ongoing construction across the street, we're not able to provide our loyal team with the kind of income opportunities they deserve, there's just not enough business," the spokesperson said.
The construction consists of an expansion of the Old Parkland office campus in the block between Maple, Throckmorton, Fairmount, and Reagan, where Trammel Crow is building an office tower - construction that has had an irrevocably negative impact on business at the restaurant.
"Even our to-go service has suffered," the spokesperson said. "It's too difficult for drivers to get through, so they won't come over here."
18th and Vine was founded in 2015 by Kansas City native Matt Dallman, who took his inspiration from famous Kansas City haunts such as Arthur Bryant's, Gates, and Oklahoma Joe's (now Joe's Kansas City). He formed a partnership with acclaimed chef Scott Gottlich, giving them the opportunity to feature both traditional Kansas City BBQ as well as a companion selection of chef-driven dishes such as a chopped salad with hearts of palm.
Gottlich eventually took over full ownership of the restaurant, and earned a nomination for Best New Restaurant in CultureMap's 2016 Tastemaker Awards, as well as a spot on CultureMap's 10 Best BBQ joints.
They're looking for another location, probably in a northerly direction, such as North Dallas, Addison, Plano, possibly even Rockwall. Meanwhile, they'll be open for the rest of the week.
The restaurant posted a letter on their Facebook page, thanking customers for their patronage.
"Serving you all for the last 7-1/2 years, we cannot even begin to thank you for the support and business you have entrusted us with. It has been a privilege and honor for us to provide here in the local community our passion for KC BBQ and hospitality. Your reception of consistent loyalty and patronage is unparalleled."
The restaurant gave a nod to the special following it had in the Kansas City alumni community.
"Thank you for trusting us in creating memories for you from rehearsal dinners and first dates, to Kansas City watch parties and graduation dinners," it said.
They're inviting fans to join for one last BBQ hurrah, and are welcoming walk-ins or reservations up until Saturday June 17.
Stephanie Allmon Merry contributed to this story.