When a new year starts, we get to write stories like "10 exciting restaurants opening in Dallas in 2016." We also check in on old favorites, and not all of them will be joining us in the New Year. Here are a few food-related closures in Dallas-Fort Worth you might want to know about:
Sangria in Dallas
Mediterranean restaurant Sangria has closed near Knox-Henderson in Dallas. The restaurant was popular for brunch, and Sangria's sangrias tended to be a big seller. The restaurant will be replaced with an Asian-fusion restaurant and its chef will be Richard Chen, formerly of Wing Lei at the Wynn hotel in Las Vegas. The as-yet-named restaurant is expected to open in Sangria's place in March.
Campestre Chula Vista in Fort Worth
Mexican restaurant Campestre Chula Vista is no longer in operation in Fort Worth because of structural problems with the restaurant, owner Regino "Gino" Rojas told dfw.com. The good thing is, Rojas was able to keep his sibling restaurant, Revolver Taco Lounge, open in Fort Worth. (He's also opening a Revolver in Deep Ellum and had plans to shutter the Fort Worth restaurant. No longer.) Soon, Rojas plans to offer a taco buffet at lunchtime at Revolver in Fort Worth.
Spork in Plano
Kid-friendly restaurant Spork was a quirky little place located in a former Sonic Drive-In and themed with space-age silliness. The restaurant was formerly operated by Turn the Tables Hospitality, a group of well-known local restaurateurs who also run Bolsa, Smoke and the Theodore, though it changed hands in later 2015. SideDish has the news about Spork's closure.
Chili's in Dallas and Plano
A Chili's Grill & Bar spokesperson confirms that the Knox Street restaurant in Dallas -- which has been located at that address for 22 years -- has closed. It was one of only a few remaining Chili's restaurants in Dallas proper. Temper your food snobbery for just a moment if you aren't a Chili's regular; you've gotta love that skillet queso.
[UPDATE at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 14: The Chili's at W. Park Boulevard and Preston Road in Plano has also closed, as an astute reader pointed out. A Chili's spokesperson confirmed it closed Jan. 4.
And one restaurant returns from the dead ...
Green Grocer in Dallas is not closing
Greenville Avenue small-goods shop Green Grocer sold off everything in the store up to Jan. 18 at a "deep discount," as confirmed by Facebook. Co-owner Cassie Green told CultureMap, "there were just not enough sales to sustain it." But! The owners tell our Tiney Ricciardi they're staging a comeback for Green Grocer as a smaller shop with limited hours and fewer food items. Expect coffee, smoothies, juice and that famous bone broth.
Reopen as of Jan. 26 at 3614 Greenville Ave., Dallas.