Dallas' 10 Biggest Restaurant Closings of 2013

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Lori Bandi
The late Rosemont's oatmeal waffle with mascarpone cream, warm peaches, pure maple syrup and butter.
The end of 2013 inches closer, bringing with it the beginning of the new year, thoughts of life and death, openings and closings. Earlier we celebrated the most noteworthy restaurant openings of 2013. Now let us take a moment of silence to reflect on those we lost. The biggest closings of the year were surprising, disappointing or just, well, complicated.

Rosemont
During the eight months it was open, restaurateur Tracy Miller's Rosemont (waffles pictured above) received mixed reviews, though there was optimism that it would grow into its own. Sadly that wasn't the case, and the joint dedicated to casual and elegant breakfasts closed its doors and its fish sandwiches to make way for Alligator Cafe.

See also: Dallas' 10 Biggest Restaurant Openings of 2013

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Tried and True
The Tried and True is an example of the way everything about a restaurant can be perfect on paper but still lack some ineffable quality that brings together all of its elements. The name reflected the reliability of its concept, the tried-and-trueness of burgers and whiskey, but even that solid formula couldn't keep it going.

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Private|Social
After chef Tiffany Derry left a year ago, Private|Social went through an identity crisis, unveiling a super-modern menu that didn't score with critics or diners. After that the pendulum swung in the other direction with an almost sarcastic über-Texas menu, which wasn't enough to save it.

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Sara Kerens
BEE: Best Enchiladas Ever
At the very, very end of last year, the home of the self- (and Cheap Bastard-) proclaimed best enchiladas ever closed for business. BEE was the latest venture by Monica Greene of Monica's Aca Y Alla, but the enchiladeria folded like a corn tortilla , making way for Zoli's NY Pizza Tavern.

Location Info

Tried and True

2405 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Private Social

3232 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

BEE: Best Enchiladas Ever - CLOSED

202 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Ricardo Avila's Mextopia - CLOSED

2104 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Restaurant AVA - CLOSED

108 S. Goliad, Rockwall, TX

Category: Restaurant

Charlie Palmer at the Joule - CLOSED

1530 Main St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Charlie Palmer at the Joule - CLOSED

1530 Main St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Townhouse Kitchen and Bar

13270 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX

Category: Music

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10 comments
JohnRoberts007
JohnRoberts007

I am not surprised any of these places closed down. You can have the best staff, chefs, and marketing strategy but sometimes luck also plays a pivotal role in the entire dream. Some people have it and some just simply do not. You can have all the money in the world but it just will not work.


Good Day,

JR 

BradW
BradW

Big Mama's Chicken & Waffles | R.I.P. in 2013

gary386
gary386

My wife and I loved Charlie Palmer's, it always had unique but great food coupled with very good service and a nice upscale atmosphere for a special evening out.  I LOUDLY panned the announcement of plans to change it into (just another) high end steakhouse.  I didn't realize until this article that they came to their senses and decided not to become a "me too" expensive steak place - we have plenty of those in Dallas already.  I still lament the disappearance of Charlie Palmer's, hope this CBD thing is even half as good - time will tell.

Greg820
Greg820

AVA was a great place, a nice outpost for those in the Rockwall area.  Randall and Nathan were great hosts and put every bit of their passion into their dishes.  Randall's warmth and humility permeated the place and his staff reflected that, too.   I wish we could all have a small piece of that love of life that Randall displayed every day.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

Tacos La Banqueta may be just a (good) memory now but we have a new player in town also offering "street tacos" in the style of Mexico City taquerias. 


El Come Taco recently opened in a clean, slick, modern little spot just a stones throw from DaLat on No. Fitzhugh Ave.


They serve all the nose to tail meats in addition to pastor cut from a trompo and brisket, chorizo, and suadero, etc. Plus, tortas and special combo plates. The tacos are all heavily loaded with meat and very delicious and are only $1.50 each. 


They offer three different sauces with the tacos including a green sauce similar to the famous addictive green sauce that was offered at La Banqueta but alas, OK but not nearly as good. 

The owners are very helpful and eager to please.


http://thetacotrail.com/2013/11/11/first-bite-el-come-taco/   

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Meanwhile Wimpys At Singleton and Vilbig is still going strong .

I wonder how many of those Doomed to fail Trendy restaurants eatery's at the foot of the Hunt-hill bridge will have flashed and be shuttered buy this time next year ? 

G_David
G_David

The Bryan location of La Banqueta was considered better than the others only by those that think they're being brave by visiting such an "edgy" location. And I tried Mextopia twice. It might have been the 10th best Mexican joint within a 2-mile radius. Right down there with Matt's, which is just embarrassing.

mdd0124
mdd0124

@Twinwillow Did not know this existed and it's soooo close to me. I need to try.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@mdd0124 @Twinwillow My personal favorite taco at El Come Taco is the brisket/chorizo combo with plenty of onions & cilantro and a large squeeze of lime with green sauce. 

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