Food gifts, photographed November 20, 2014. Dude, Sweet Chocolate's Dude, from left, Sweet little red lunch pail with added pieces, Tater Head Marshmallow, and Love Potion #3 Chocolate Sauce. (Evans Caglage/The Dallas Morning News) 12032014xARTSLIFE 12032014xBRIEFING

Food gifts, photographed November 20, 2014. Dude, Sweet Chocolate's Dude, from left, Sweet little red lunch pail with added pieces, Tater Head Marshmallow, and Love Potion #3 Chocolate Sauce. (Evans Caglage/The Dallas Morning News) 12032014xARTSLIFE 12032014xBRIEFING

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Local chocolatier Dude, Sweet Chocolate is closing two of its three locations in North Texas.

According to the Dallas Observer, the chocolate shops in Dallas' Lower Greenville neighborhood and in Plano will shutter on Jan. 13, leaving just the original storefront in Dallas' Bishop Arts District open to the public. 

Chef and owner Katherine Clapner told the publication that the company expanded too quickly into areas that either didn't fit with the concept or were difficult to get to.

"Plano was riddled with street closures, construction, the 15th Street exit blocked, stores that aren't open consistent hours," Clapner said. "And then Greenville's just bars and restaurants... Parking is my nemesis. People will valet for food and drink, but not chocolate."

Dude, Sweet Chocolate also used to run a Fort Worth outpost, but it closed in 2018, reports the Observer.

With fewer stores to operate, Clapner is shifting her focus. In January, she announced a couple of events centered around tea. The uber-popular pop-up parties, which pair the hot beverages with house-made pastries, will take place at Dude, Sweet Chocolate's bakery/kitchen on Inwood Road in Dallas.

"I decided I'm going to do something so off-topic from what people expect me to do. I like tea, and everything about it," Clapner told The Dallas Morning News. Forget fine china, the chef calls these soirees "fun china."

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