Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Sullivan’s Steakhouse in North Dallas to close June 30
Open since 1998.
DALLAS Get your steak and souffle while you still can: Sullivan's Steakhouse in North Dallas will close on June 30.
An employee at the restaurant who answered the phone confirmed that management had decided to "pull the plug." A broker who works in restaurant sales said that the restaurant had been on the market twice in the past year, but that both sales had fallen through.
Tucked into a somewhat non-visible spot off the Tollway, Sullivan's never had a particularly easy time of it. It opened in October 1998 -- the same year as Cool River in Irving and Palomino Euro Bistro at the Crescent Court. Not a great year: D Magazine had such a hard time finding decent restaurants that they only bestowed best-of honors to five places instead of the usual 10. (Notice that none of the restaurants on that list are still open, but chef Avner Samuel
s -- "that crazy guy from Israel" -- was on the list.)
Sullivan's was known for its "tomahawk chop" steak and wedge salad, with slightly lower prices than some of the other steakhouses around town; but it never stood out. One saving grace was its bar scene -- convenient for the many singles who live in the Tollway-and-Frankford area. By 2009, they were advertising cheaper dining options.
A comment on Sullivan's Facebook page says that they're "looking for another location" but is meanwhile clearing out its inventory with half-price wine.
There are 20 Sullivan's locations across the U.S., but its corporate owner, Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, which also owns Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, has focused its energy lately on Del Frisco's Grille, its cheaper and more casual concept. The Del Frisco's Grille that opened in Uptown in November 2011 is doing well, and the company is slated to open its fifth Del Frisco's Grille this fall in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood.
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