Another one, as they say, bites the dust.
Sugar Skull Cafe, the fast-casual breakfast, lunch and dinner spot in West Dallas' Trinity Groves development, closes at the end of the day on Monday, Nov. 30. Sugar Skull's creator, Jonn Baudoin, was formerly involved in another eatery in Trinity Groves, Casa Rubia; it's still open.
The restaurant business is "not for the faint of heart," notes Trinity Groves exec Bob Sambol. Three other restaurants have also closed in the Trinity Groves complex: DiDi's Tamale Diner, Potato Flats and Hofmann Hots.
All four of the closed businesses happen to be order-at-the-counter places. It seems fast-casual concepts just don't fly at Trinity Groves.
The development located near the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was created to be a launch pad for young, start-up restaurants. But they have to perform at a certain level or else they're shuttered while investors consider what next big restaurant could take its place.
"I've had a great run at Trinity Groves," Baudoin said in a statement. "They believed in me and empowered me to try new things. I'm obviously disappointed, but I also understand that it's the nature of this business."
This week, Trinity Groves is expected to launch its first successful expansion business with Kate Weiser Chocolate. Ideally, Trinity Groves investors would like for all or most of the Trinity Groves start-ups to become brands that can expand.
Sambol called Baudoin smart, creative and passionate. "I'm confident that the Dallas dining scene will be hearing from him again," he said in a statement.