Meaty eatery the Blind Butcher in Dallas is closing

What a week for restaurant closings.

On Monday, we received word Monkey King Noodle Co. in Carrollton and Pints and Quarts in Dallas had shuttered. Tuesday brought one more casualty: The Blind Butcher gastropub on Lower Greenville in Dallas.

Owners announced in a Facebook post that the last day of service would be Sunday, June 10.

"This is a day that we tried very hard to avoid and we want to thank all of you that helped us stick around this long," reads the note.

Opened in 2014, the 1920s-inspired tavern immediately wowed crowds with its selection of house-made sausages, menu of poutine dishes and thoughtful beer options. Later that year, we named it one of the best beer bars in Dallas-Fort Worth.

But the closing follows what seemed to be a tumultuous year for the restaurant and bar. When I stopped by in early January, many of the food items were unavailable. Same with the draft beer selection. When I asked a server why, he said the menu was being revamped. Less than a week later, the owners asked the public for help.

"Truth be told, the last 18 months have not been kind to us," reads a lengthy note posted to Blind Butcher's Facebook on Jan. 10. "This is not a notice for pity but as realistic small business owners we wanted to face the facts head on and give everyone, including ourselves, a chance to fight for this city's restaurant scene and our place in it. It is our hope that you guys will come out and support us."

By then, the Blind Butcher's opening chef, Oliver Sitrin, had moved to Bullion restaurant in downtown Dallas where he is currently sous chef.

Co-owner Josh Yingling declined to comment on the closure Tuesday. Though his note on Blind Butcher's Facebook page suggests some of the beloved dishes may make an appearance at Goodfriend Package, the sandwich shop he and partner Matt Tobin own near White Rock Lake. Goodfriend Burger House and Beer Garden, the owners' other restaurant, also remains open.


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