Luscher's Red Hots in Deep Ellum closed in mid December.

Luscher's Red Hots in Deep Ellum closed in mid December.

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Here's a surprise: Luscher's Red Hots in Deep Ellum has served its last frankfurters.

Owners Brian and Courtney Luscher, who also own and operate longtime Greenville Avenue restaurant the Grape, are closing the doors at Luscher's on Dec. 14.

Chef-owner Brian Luscher made "Chicago-style hot dogs you won't find anywhere else, including Chicago," at Luscher's Red Hots.

Chef-owner Brian Luscher made "Chicago-style hot dogs you won't find anywhere else, including Chicago," at Luscher's Red Hots.

Kye R. Lee/Staff Photographer

[UPDATE Dec. 11: Luscher's closed Dec. 11, two days early, after they ran out of food from large crowds. The restaurant is officially closed.]

"Deep Ellum is one of Dallas' most precious gems of a neighborhood, and it's a bummer I wasn't able to make it happen there," Brian Luscher says. 

"Many people just sit on the sidelines and never pursue their dreams. Yet, the find the ability to complain about those who do. I got in the ring, stuck my chin out and gave it a shot. I got knocked down, but not out."

His restaurant was known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, like the one topped with house-made pickle relish, local Lemley's tomatoes, pickled sport peppers and Luscher's brown mustard. There's no neon-green relish here (which is typical of cheap Chicago hot dogs); Luscher put his own cheffy spin on them.

Luscher's Red Hots takes frankfurter fans on a hot-dog joy ride (3 stars)

His Uncle Herky burger -- named for his Uncle Hercules -- is a "sloppy delight," Dallas Morning News special contributor Mark Vamos said in a three-star review of the fast-casual restaurant.

Luscher will continue to make sausages under his business Post Oak Red Hots LLC, which sells to restaurants around Dallas.

The news comes on a week when we also learned that busy restaurant Remedy, located on Greenville Avenue, is closing soon.

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