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Dallas restaurant Dish, an upscale restaurant with occasional drag brunches, closes Monday, Feb. 29 on Cedar Springs Road. Dallas' second Dish restaurant, located near Preston Hollow and Highland Park, will remain open, according to a spokeswoman.

DISH Restaurant (Cedar Springs)

But why ditch the original Dish? Operating partner Tim McEneny says in a statement he feels the need to "answer the call for what we feel people are looking for" -- more of a casual bar/restaurant. The new Dish will become a reinvented restaurant called Cedar Grove. The existing chef at Dish, Pete Harrison, will stay on at the dressed-down replacement.

The closure makes sense, if you have read Dallas Morning News restaurant critic Leslie Brenner's three-star review of the newer Dish in Preston Hollow

"The new Dish has such a winning personality that I can't help but wish it had its very own identity -- and menu, and name. In an age of brand-'em-up and roll-'em-out, it's fascinating to see how things look and taste when a chip off the old block refuses to act like one."

In other words: The new Dish is more interesting than the original. 

The owners expect to open a new Dish at a new Dallas address in 2017, according to a press release, but we don't know where yet. (Some have said it might be Oak Cliff. Nope.)

At Cedar Grove, the ownership wants to "bring the outdoor in" by placing 50 artistically created trees inside the restaurant. It will be open mostly in the evening hours, with the exception of brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Because it's Dallas, y'all: brunch.

No word yet if Cedar Grove will continue Dish's famous drag brunch tradition. More to come on the menu as the spring opening gets closer.

Expected May 2016: Cedar Grove, formerly Dish, 4123 Cedar Springs Road, Suite 110, Dallas.

Will Cedar Grove, the new restaurant replacing Dish on Cedar Springs Road, have a drag brunch? It's too early to know. (Here, Krystal Summers performs a Dolly Parton act at a nearby Cedar Springs spot.)

Will Cedar Grove, the new restaurant replacing Dish on Cedar Springs Road, have a drag brunch? It's too early to know. (Here, Krystal Summers performs a Dolly Parton act at a nearby Cedar Springs spot.)

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