Mr. Max, a Beloved Japanese Place, Has Closed

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Mr. Max has been on my list ever since I read about the eel donburi they served here on City of Ate. But apparently that list is long, because that post was published more than a year ago and I'd still yet to visit. And apparently that list is too long, because Mr. Max has since closed.

I finally made plans to head out to Irving and visit the restaurant but while checking out the hours online I noticed some users on Yelp had reported Mr. Max closed. After a few phone calls over the weekend went unanswered I called a Japanese restaurant located across the street and confirmed the closure. Mr. Max is gone.

They closed back in December, right after Christmas, according to an employee who picked up the phone at Hanaki Japanese Cuisine. He couldn't tell me a reason for the closure.

Mr. Max was known for its tiny dining room and small sushi bar that transported customers all the way to Japan for the cost of a maki roll. They were also said to serve a no-frills bowl of ramen that was among the best in Dallas.

Lesson learned: When you hear about an interesting restaurant way out in the suburbs get out there soon. Or at least don't wait more than a year.


Location Info

Mr. Max

3028 N. Belt Line Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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DemigodH
DemigodH

This is a disaster!  I loved that place and they introduced me to natto (not to say that's the reason I loved it, just a fond memory).  


So, what's an alternative izakaya?  I didn't know of any other place like it in Dallas.

teenage.mutant.ninja
teenage.mutant.ninja

If I remember right, I think it was the waitress at Yama Sushi that told me that the owner/chef of Mr. Max passed away and the restaurant closed down. There's your lead, Observer, get the scoop from Yama Sushi.

bifftannen
bifftannen

Hasn't it been in Irving for quite some time? I seem to remember that name when I lived there in the '90s.

shandango
shandango

I work in Irving and drove by it just the other day, assuming it was still open since the sign was there (it barely ever looked open during the day when it was still in business!)  I never did end up trying it either but have eaten at Hanaki and Hanasho. I guess I only had room in my life for 2 Japanese restaurants on Belt Line.  

wescx
wescx

Yeah, this place was awesome but I only made it over there once.  Shame on me.

shandango
shandango

@DemigodH  Hanaki has some izakaya stuff in addition to sushi and ramen, They also had a good selection at Sushi Robata in Dallas but neither have the same "straight out of Japan" dive bar kind of thing Mr. Max had (or so I've been told and seen in pictures, never actually made it there) they are just like sushi bars that offer small plates, too.    

dallassinglemom
dallassinglemom

@shandango  It was never open during the day or for lunch. It was only open for dinner in the evenings. 

DemigodH
DemigodH

@shandango @DemigodH  Thanks!  I really like Robata and have been there many times.  I'll have to check out Hanaki.  

shandango
shandango

@dallassinglemom @shandango  Oh, yes, that's what I meant- that it always looked kind of abandoned and closed during the day since they weren't open (but also because it's a bit run down looking to begin with) so it was hard to tell that they were closed for good driving by during the day.  I made it as confusing as possible!

dallassinglemom
dallassinglemom

@shandango  There was a time when I didn't know they were only open for dinner. I would drive and wonder if they were ever open. LOL! 


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