Update at 9:45 a.m. Aug. 14, 2017: This story has been updated with comments from one of Smoke's co-partners.
Filament in Deep Ellum and Smoke in Plano called it quits on Sunday.
Chefs from both restaurants have been named to our lists of most talented chefs in North Texas at least once. It's not often that we see two well-known chefs' restaurants shutter on the same day.
It's been a dramatic season for restaurant closures in North Texas, with notable spots such as Casa Rubia and Joyce & Gigi's closing.
Let's revisit Filament in Deep Ellum and Smoke in Plano one more time:
Filament comes from chef Matt McCallister, whose fancier restaurant FT33 in the Design District is in the upper echelon in the Dallas dining scene. Filament, described as his casual restaurant, was still cheffy and expensive; it certainly elevated Deep Ellum's restaurant offerings but also stuck out in the gritty Deep Ellum scene.
After braving an on-again, off-again Deep Ellum since December 2015, McCallister says via text that Filament wasn't seeing enough business to "pay the bills."
"I don't think the location was ideal for the concept," he writes. "We gambled on the possibility and lost, but we gave it a good try."
Flip through the gallery above to see photos of Filament and some of its dishes.
Smoke in Plano has been open a bit longer, since January 2015. It, too, comes from a locally beloved chef: Tim Byres, whose cookbook won him a James Beard Award in 2014. He has traveled the world talking and teaching about Texas food.
Smoke in Plano was lauded for being a Dallas transplant that had the potential to raise the bar in the 'burbs. "It just didn't really translate the way we thought it would," says co-partner Chris Jeffers of restaurant group Turn the Tables Hospitality. "We twisted the Rubik's Cube. ... We tried several different things."
In fact, Jeffers worked the hostess stand at Smoke in Plano for five months in 2017. "Plano has been a riddle for the last year and a half," he says. "It's just hard."
The closure weighed on Jeffers on Monday morning, as he drove up to the now-shuttered Smoke in Plano to pack up.
"We've never done this before," he explains of the closure. The company he works with operates many restaurants: the original Smoke in Dallas, Bolsa in Oak Cliff, The Theodore in NorthPark Center and Chicken Scratch/The Foundry in West Dallas.
Turn the Tables Hospitality is also partnering with other companies to help create six new concepts at the Statler Hotel in downtown Dallas. (Soon, The Dallas Morning News will be neighbors with the hotel.)
"We just kept trying to do what we thought worked," Jeffers says of Smoke in Plano.
Flip through the gallery below to see photos of Smoke and some of its dishes.