Sunday, June 26, 2011 , Updated 10:41 a.m., July 8, 2011
UPDATED: Jack’s Backyard closed; owner issues statement
Landlord wants the space back.
DALLAS Jack's Backyard, the sprawling restaurant-bar located off I-30 and Sylvan, is closing abruptly on Sunday, first spotted by Dan Koller (and SideDish), and confirmed by a manager on duty today.
"The owner of the property itself has decided that they do not want to renew our lease," the manager said. "We don't know the reasoning, if someone has offered to buy the property, we don't know exactly why. But we have to get off the property."
It wouldn't come as a surprise that the landlord would find the space appealing. Kathy Jack, a former manager of Sue Ellen's, opened Jack's in 2008 after a comprehensive renovation of the space, including a beautifully landscaped patio. The place has attracted a huge and loyal following, from its convivial Sunday brunch to its live music at night. But Jack intends to re-open in a new location.
"It was short notice, but Kathy is already scouting for locations," the employee said. "Thank God for Facebook that we could at least get the word out to enough people."
UPDATE: Statement from Kathy Jack, owner of Jack’s Backyard:
With four days’ notice from the property owner, Jack’s Backyard closed for business on Sunday, June 26. I want to tell my friends, family, Jack’s customers and investors that I am truly sorry that this has happened. My partner, Susie Buck, and I worked along with our staff to make this business work.
There is so much misinformation and so many rumors. Jack’s opened on Oct. 31, 2008. I never paid myself a salary during the two and a half year run. We simply cut back and lived on what my partner earned at her other job. Jack’s was a BIG place and we opened in a tough economy. Jack’s Backyard earned only enough money to keep the doors open. All along there was a 10-year plan to repay the Jack’s investors and I truly believed that was possible.
We reorganized in December 2010 with the help of a creditors’ committee. We implemented new daily operating office procedures, a new accounting system, a new daily transaction system, developed a new filing system and cut expenses. At the time of closure we were current on all employee, liquor, and sales taxes. In addition, we were current on all bills, including rent post-reorganization.
I developed a plan with the head of the creditors‘ committee to repay our back debts and start repaying investors but ultimately, we were not given that opportunity.
I have spent 34 years in the service industry and I have been raised in this community. It means a lot to me that people believe in and trust me. I am adamant about making things right. Jack’s was built to be a backyard big enough to hang out with all of your friends. That mission continues.
Thank you for your love and support.
Kathy Jack and Susie Buck
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